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Human meat, foreigners and xenophobia

The Hanguk Ilbo reports that netizens want the Oh Won-chun killing reinvestigated.

In particular, with the court raising the possibility that human meat might be in circulation, the netizens want investigators to look into the possibility that human meat really is circulating. Prosecutors, for their part, have reportedly decided to investigate the possibility of black market sales of human meat in response to popular opinion.

Lots of rumors and “ghost stories” going around, too, including ones regarding cannibalism in China.

One DP lawmaker has even gotten into the mix, calling for a reinvestigation, saying prosecutors needed to reveal where in China the convicted Oh went back and forth from, why he had four cell phones, who he was communicating with and where the money he had came from.

BTW, Oh’s appealing his death sentence.

Among the people calling for a reinvestigation are civic groups dealing with migrant workers and crimes committed by foreigners (more about them later), who held a protest at Seoul Station on Sunday. The head of one anti-foreign crime group said the “Suwon Human Meat Butchering Incident” was the inevitable result brought about by the general failures of policies on foreigners, and called for Oh to be reinvestigated and all illegal immigrants to be rounded up.

He also told the homeless gathered in front of Seoul Station that if it weren’t for the government’s indiscriminate multicultural policies, they (the homeless) would be with their families now, and called for the government to abandon immediately its multicultural policies and adopt policies after gathering the opinions of the people.

Which brings us to the Kyunghyang Shinmun, which in an article entitled “Xenophobic Groups Appear; Might a Korean KKK Appear,” warns that xenophobic groups are engaging in both online and offline actions, citing the protest and groups mentioned above (as well as other groups). While their power is still limited, it is growing. The groups claim the usual stuff—foreigners causing rising crime rate, foreigners bringing Third World diseases, foreigners taking jobs and college position, foreigners depressing wages, etc.

More interestingly, a survey by the Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA) on attitudes regarding foreigners and immigrants revealed that 64% believed if the number of foreign immigrants rises, you’ll have immigrant riots and demonstrations like you see in foreign countries, while 50.3% believed that if the number of foreigners and immigrants increases, it will gradually grow more difficult for Koreans to find work.

Marmot’s Note: Honestly, the groups seem rather small and more inclined to online action. That said, with the number of foreigners and foreign-born on the rise, you can’t expect everybody to like it. As multiculturalism becomes more and more of an issue, I imagine these groups are going to get larger and louder, too.

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  • cm

    Most of the on-line anti feelings are held for 3D workers, especially the ethnic Koreans from China. They get the brunt of the force.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “The head of one anti-foreign crime group said the “Suwon Human Meat Butchering Incident” was the inevitable result brought about by the general failures of policies on foreigners, and called for Oh to be reinvestigated and all illegal immigrants to be rounded up.”

    Mmm, who’s to blame for the hundreds of other murders committed so far this year in South Korea?

    “He also told the homeless gathered in front of Seoul Station that if it weren’t for the government’s indiscriminate multicultural policies, they (the homeless) would be with their families now, and called for the government to abandon immediately its multicultural policies and adopt policies after gathering the opinions of the people.”

    Oh, so the old codger who was acting aggressively towards me and my friend last time I went to Seoul Station was not a schizophrenic self-medicating with alcohol. He was a victim of multiculturalism. Now I get it.

  • keith

    It is a weird thing how some of these idiots think. The majority of workers here in the so called 3d jobs are doing things that Koreans don’t want to do, and getting less pay than Koreans are willing to accept. They’re doing Korea a favour. Of the professional foreigner and expat types here, they’re helping Korea too. Whether it be teaching English, running a restaurant, running a business, or consulting with Koreans about how to improve their companies.

    Foreigners causing crime
    Foreigners spreading AIDS
    Foreigners molesting children
    Foreigners taking drugs
    Foreigners raping people
    Foreigners faking degree certificates
    Foreigners taking jobs (that many South Koreans refuse to do)
    Foreigners causing vehicular accidents
    Foreigners causing a bad influence on society
    Foreigners misbehave on the metro
    Foreigners are responsible for the divided Korea
    Foreigners are responsible for any occasion a Korean loses in sport (because foreigners are cheats)
    Foreigners are responsible for all cyber crime and phishing scams

    All off the above are obviously things that Koreans never get up to.

    And now ‘Foreigners are causing homelessness and the break up of Korean families.’

    I honestly wonder, what they’ll come up with next? Will it be the current drought, littering? I don’t know, but I do think that some of them are quite creative and will find some other problem to blame on foreigners

    Americans and Europeans do get off fairly lightly, but it is still a worrying trend to see some Koreans becoming more xenophobic. It’s a trend that will do Korea no favours.

  • Q

    I’d expect awareness of multi-ethnicism might take some time before reaching its maturity in S. Korea. Americans and British might help Koreans with their hundred years of wisdom about multi-racial/cultural conflicts in their societies.

  • PineForest

    Reason # 79 why I’m glad I don’t live in Korean anymore.

  • PineForest

    I don’t live in Korea, either. :)

  • keith

    Oh, another add to the ‘list’

    Some foreigners are cannibals.

    I don’t think the Americans or the British accused any groups of cannibalism, unless they actually did it. Cannibalism has been noted in truly ‘primitive’ cultures, by historians. Some south Pacific islanders got up to it in the past, that is a widely regarded as historical fact. When some northern European cultures were in trouble they also ate of ‘the long pig’.

    Cannibalism is reported to be going on in north Korea to a limited extent. Peoples who have food don’t tend to eat their own species, unless they’re experiencing mental problems, or it is connected to ritualistic behaviour-beliefs. Heck, if you’re a ‘proper’ catholic you are supposedly a cannibal, if you really believe.

    ‘Collapse’ by Jared Diamond is a fascinating read, though he does go on about ‘middens’ a bit too much. Perhaps not the best book to read if you’re eating your lunch. Interesting stuff nonetheless.

  • numberoneoppa

    Zombie flesh good. Human flesh better!

  • Granfalloon

    Oh, here, let me dust this off…ahem…won’t someone please think of the children!