Hey, at least the Mongolian didn’t seem to start it

The Maeil Gyeongje’s Internet TV ran another piece on how the rise in crime in neighborhoods with lots of foreigners has the locals living in fear.

Nothing you haven’t seen before, although it does got some cool footage of a rumble between a Russian and a Mongolian in a sauna near Dongdaemun’s Little Mongolia.

Also on the foreigner crime front, Incheon Immigration officials have announced that a Pakistani who was deported in 1999 after he sexually assaulted a young Korean woman while residing here illegally has been rearrested in Seoul posing as a businessman. Despite a reentry ban, he’d reentered Korea on a laundered identity.

The Pakistani in question was given a suspended sentence and subsequently deported for molesting a 23-year-old woman who was playing the the waters off Busan’s Haeundae Beach. He apparently dragged her out to the deep water and assaulted her after rendering her unable to resist.

So, how’s the month long “strengthening of public order in areas with lots of foreigners” campaign going? Well, not bad, according to Yonhap. The campaign—conducted in six areas—has netted 464 arrests, with 29 being confined and 435 booked without confinement.

Some 40.1% of the arrests were for simple assault, followed by 16.2% for gambling.

The cops netted 62 on immigration law crimes. They also got some really bad dudes, too, including four muggers, three rapists and eight on drug offenses.

On a positive note, the Chosun Ilbo’s business paper reports that for Korea’s major telecom firms, foreigners have gone from being a problem to being a golden egg. Not so long ago, these companies looked at the foreigner market as something they didn’t really want but didn’t want to completely abandon, either. This was because the phones were often used by foreigners to commit crimes and many foreigners left the country without paying their bills. But with the local market now flooded, telecom companies now see resident foreigners as a way out.

  • lastnamekim

    Wait a minute…there’s a “Little Mongolia” near Dongdaemun? That may deserve a little story of its own in your blog someday. Is it worth visiting?

  • ChuckRamone

    I just found out that R. Koehler is married to a Mongolian woman. This blog post made me look up Mongolians in Korea and there was a Wikipedia entry about it. In the Wiki references there was an article by R. Koehler about the Central Asian village in Seoul, and in it he mentions that his wife is Mongolian! I swear I wasn’t trying to be a stalker.

  • http://www.rjkoehler.com Robert Koehler

    Yep, and in fact, you can find the Mongolian cup we got as a wedding present from my inlaws at my Tumblr:


  • ChuckRamone

    Mongolians are pretty awesome. My dad used to always say Koreans are descended from Mongolians. It’s one of those weird things Koreans say that’s probably mostly untrue. I mean, genetically, yes, in the same way that all Asians are “Mongoloid.”

    But then again, this article says it’s true: http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/12/world/mongolians-and-koreans-twins-with-minimal-sibling-rivalry.html