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Category Archives: Racial Discrimination


Children of Multicultural Families in South Korea Quit School

Ji-Su Park July 2, 2012

According to the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Justice of South Korea, 7 out of 10 immigrant children are not attending middle schools or high schools. The term “immigrant children” (중도입국 자녀) refers to foreign-born children from multicultural families who come to South Korea with their parents. Their parents are… Continue Reading »


Weekly News Brief June 29~July 4, 2011

Soo Yon Suh July 4, 2011

Public Baths restrict the entrance of senior citizens without proper chaperone Ae Rim Koo ( Majority of public bath facilities are allowing persons the age of 65 and older to enter only when they are accompanied by guardians. This has been introduced as there is an increasing concern for accidents in the public baths. According… Continue Reading »


Reflection: Security Preparations for Seoul G20 Summit: Protective Measures or Infringement on Human Rights?

Soo Yon Suh November 24, 2010

By: Soo Yon Suh South Korea officially held the 2010 G20 Summit in its capital, Seoul, from November 11-12. This was the fifth meeting of the G20 heads of government to continue its discussion of the global financial system and the world economy. The Seoul G20 Summit holds a significant meeting for the host country… Continue Reading »


Don’t judge me by my skin, judge me by my actions.

Jay Oh July 25, 2010

A year ago Bonojit Hussain was a research professor at Sung Kong Hoe University riding the bus with a friend when he was verbally assaulted by a Korean man who used racism and expletives without any provocation. A year has passed, and Mr. Hussain is now back in India, but within that year Mr. Hussain… Continue Reading »


Lee Ra, Korea’s 1st immigrant to be elected to a provincial council: “I want to help multicultural families”

Ji-Su Park June 15, 2010

Lee Ra, a 33-year-old immigrant from Mongolia who obtained South Korean citizenship only two years ago, was elected to the provincial council of Gyeonggi Province as a proportional representative for the Grand National Party. In her interview with Yonhap news, Lee said, “When we make a decision to come to this country, we think of… Continue Reading »


Homosexuality is No Longer a Sin in the Society but is Still a Crime in the Military

Hyoyeol Chong June 15, 2010

On June 12, the 11th Korea Queer Culture Festival titled “Outing,” took place in Cheonggyechon, Seoul. Within the Festival there were information booths from religious groups, political groups and NGOs. A parade took place with special guests including Seok-chon Hong, one of the first Korean actors to declare his homosexuality, and Theodore W. Jennings, a professor… Continue Reading »


Korea Gov.’s high rejection rate to refugee status brings legal fights

Myungjin Lee June 15, 2010

In March of 2010, the first naturalized South Korean citizenship was granted to a 38-year-old Ethiopian man who fled Ethiopia in 2001. However, this milestone event granting citizenship seems to not be an extension to other refugees seeking asylum status in South Korea. As such, these desperate people have filed law suits against the Ministry… Continue Reading »

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