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Post 31 Oct 2010, 11:19
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-11534233

Pretty interesting to see how Japanese xenophobia enhances North Korean prestige.
Post 01 Nov 2010, 02:01
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Pretty interesting to see how Japanese xenophobia enhances North Korean prestige.

I fail to see how it enhances prestige short of making a minority more pigeon-holed and secluded from an already racist nation like Japan.

I can see why Koreans would want to pass down their traditions and language to their children, but to impose the idea that you are different because we are different does not seem fair to the next generations. This reminds me of religious commune groups that are branches of Mormon or Luther that naturally force themselves into seclusion and get a bad rap because of it. Your passport is your nationality which can change if you want to leave your nation to another.

The schooling seems like it resembles the Sharia schools muslims put up.
Post 02 Nov 2010, 01:17
It's Japan that's secluding them by not giving them nationality as well as not considering them as part of their country.

I've lived in Japan and I can say it's one of the most racist places I've been. There's a crust of civility, but a lot of people let it be known that you're not welcome.
Post 02 Nov 2010, 02:51
Does South Korea provide any aid or programs for ethnic Koreans in Japan?
Post 02 Nov 2010, 03:20
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It's Japan that's secluding them by not giving them nationality as well as not considering them as part of their country.


Agreed.

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I've lived in Japan and I can say it's one of the most racist places I've been. There's a crust of civility, but a lot of people let it be known that you're not welcome.


I've noticed this too. No offense to Misuzu, but Japanese people can be some of the most racist and generally fragged up people I've ever come across.
Post 02 Nov 2010, 03:49
Red Commissar wrote:
Does South Korea provide any aid or programs for ethnic Koreans in Japan?


Yes. The South has Mindan while the North has Chongryon.

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I can see why Koreans would want to pass down their traditions and language to their children, but to impose the idea that you are different because we are different does not seem fair to the next generations.


They are not "different because they are different". There are a lot of differences between Koreans and Japanese, there is nothing wrong with educating them about their rich heritage. Also, they aren't that isolated, either. They do what their Japanese Counterparts would do. The Americans have American Schools, why can't Koreans have Korean Schools?
Post 02 Nov 2010, 04:26
Short videos on the matter:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvxLHIXGFRA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baWvh4eYCig

There is also a full-length documentary named "Our School"made in south Korea.
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