Treatment of Interracial children in South Korea
South Korea is known for being a homogeneous country and because of that they do not welcome mixed-race children.
- There are some 35,000 mixed-race individuals in Korea; 5,000 “Amerasians” born of Korean mothers and American military fathers, and 30,000 “Kosians” born of a Korean parent and a parent from another Asian nation. Historically, they can be divided into three “generations;” a first generation composed of GI-fathered Amerasians, a second generation that arose in the 1990s as more and more South and Southeast Asian men came to Korea in search of the “Korean Dream,” and a third generation born since 2000 of a rapidly increasing number of marriages between rural Korean fathers and Southeast Asian women.
- This just shows that there isn't only one type of mixed-race group in Korea. "Amerasians" are not the only "race" that gets ostracized, even Kosians, who probably can't be pointed out right away as a mixed-race, are treated just as bad.
- In school the children who are mixed race are suffering from discrimination and prejudice. They are being ostracized They are not treated as Korean at all and most of the children drop out of school. Seoul National University demonstrates that more than 20 percent of mixed-race children have been bullied and among them 34 percent experienced ostracism because their mother were foreign. Also in the report by Seoul National University it says that 20 percent of alienated children from interracial families were bullied for not being able to communicate well with others, 16 percent of children experienced unfair treatment for particular reason. Other reasons for ostracism were that 13.4 percent had different behavior and attitude 5 percent were treated unfairly for their appearance. (Korea Times, March 5, 2008)
- According to the Education Ministry 10 percent of the children that come from a multicultural family don't go to elementary school or just gave up their studies, while 20 percent of the children were required to go to middle school. (Korea Times, March 5, 2008)
Programs that help mixed-races in Korea
- Although there are so many mixed-race people in the world, Korea can not accept the fact that there exists mixed race people in their country. Many mixed-Koreans and outsiders want to let the Korean nation know that being mixed is not a bad thing. There are many groups both in Korea and abroad that are helping mixed-Koreans and making Korea aware of the treatment that these people receive.
- We all know who is, a famous wide receiver for the Steelers. He is half African American and Korean, his father was an american soldier. Hines Ward is an international role model to children everywhere and he is a big help to both children in America and abroad in South Korea.
- Steelers WR Hines Ward smiling brightly for the camera is truly an inspirational role model.
- Hines Ward with his lovely mother. She raised Hines on her own while in Korea. Hines formed Helping Hands Korea Foundation in tribute to his mom.
- Hines Ward and his Helping Hands Foundation is one of the few, soon becoming many, programs out there. Other programs are the following:
- The MACK foundation
- Accept all of us; accept ‘all of us’ Our vision is inspired by the “Bill of Rights for People of Mixed Heritage” by Maria P. P. Root, Ph.D. For every multiethnic Korean, being able to be fully accepted as Korean without having to be ashamed, hide, justify, separate, be responsible for people’s discomfort with their physical or ethnic ambiguity or deny their non-Korean heritage, if they choose to identify themselves as such. For every government and social system, Korean and non-Korean, family member and stranger to respect and accept the diversity of all multiethnic Koreans and the self-chosen identity. For all multiethnic Koreans to not have to explain why one identifies oneself differently in different situations or why one changes one’s identity over time or to have to show loyalties and identification with more than one group. For all multiethnic Koreans to live without any social prejudice towards their diversity based on physical or ethnic ambiguity, cultural heritage and language: “Accept all of us, accept ‘all of us’”.
- M.A.C.K foundation educates people in businesses, schools, and community groups in Korea on prejudice, social responsibility, and diversity awareness. through their non-profit organizations Renaissance K.I.D. Project.
- Pearl S. Buck International Mission is:
- Pearl S. Buck International® is a non-profit organization with three distinct functions that operate as one with the common mission of continuing the legacy and dreams of Pearl S. Buck. her commitment to improving the quality of life and expanding opportunities for children and promoting an understanding of the values and attributes of other cultures, the injustice of prejudice, and the need for humanitarianism throughout the world.
- Pearl S. Buck was an inspiring women and gave many children from all over the world a second chance. In 1949 Ms. Buck founded the first international inter-racial adoption agency in the US. It was later established to address issues of poverty and discrimination faced by children in Asian countries, Korea being one of them.
- This is a memorial hall for Pearl S. Buck in it you will find many of her books and her pictures.
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