Let It Be Some Other 'Asian'

New America Media, News Analysis, Andrew Lam Posted: Apr 17, 2007

Editor’s Note: As the country waited to learn the identity of the killer at Virginia Tech, Vietnamese-American writer Andrew Lam says all ethnic Americans held their breath, waiting to see if they would shoulder the spillover of blame for the acts of an individual. Lam is a writer and editor with New America Media and author of "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora".


SAN FRANCISCO – All across America, no doubt, non-Korean Asian-Americans are now heaving a sigh of relief. “Asian,” after all, was the four-alarm-fire word we saw throughout the day after the shootings that took the lives of 33 people at Virginia Tech. The shooter was “Asian,” the news reports said. But who was this “Asian” exactly?

Before the news identified the killer as Cho Seung-hui, a 23-year-old English major from South Korea, all ethnic backgrounds were up for grabs. A Chinese friend from a small college town on the East Coast called to say: “Please, please let it be some other Asian. We’ll be in deep if it’s Chinese.”

In a popular Vietnamese chatroom, Vietnamese college students were writing to each other to speculate. One said, “I have a bad feeling. It might be Mi’t (Vietnamese slang for Vietnamese).” Others wrote in advising each other on what to do if it was.

The blogosphere buzzed with speculation on the identity of the killer. The waiting game was as tense as waiting to find out who the next American Idol might be. On another blog, debbieschlussel.com, Schlussel speculated that the shooter could be a Muslim Pakistani. “Why am I speculating that the ‘Asian’ gunman is a Pakistani Muslim? Because law enforcement and the media strangely won’t tell us more specifically who the gunman is.”

A Muslim Pakistani friend, an engineer who refused to have his name mentioned, emailed me to say, “If he’s a Paki and Muslim, we might all just as well pack up and go home. I’m praying that he is some other Asian.”

Let it be some other Asian! This was the prayer among so many Asian-American communities. And not just Asians.

“Every time there’s an incident like this, every ethnic group is on pins and needles,” said Khalil Abdullah, an African-American colleague. An Anglo shooter may be an individual, a loner, but God forbid if a person of color goes on a shooting rampage. His whole tribe would be implicated. “I still recall my aunts when President Kennedy was assassinated. They were praying that it wasn’t a Negro.” Many ethnic communities do not feel that they belong to the core of the American fabric, Abdullah added. “The action of an individual can cancel out the good image of an entire group.”

Case in point: A Virginia Tech student and Chinese-American blogger was initially thought by many to be the culprit. He was reputed to have a penchant for guns and many photos of himself posing with his rifles. More than 200,000 people have visited his sites since the shootings and many left angry, racist epithets against Chinese. He told ABC News, "Right now, pretty much the Internet thinks it is me… I am just interested in trying to clear my name.”

As a Vietnamese-American, I have always found the word “Asian” to be too generic to be a useful identifier. Asia is the largest continent with the most diverse population in the world. In Asia, people identify themselves by their national or ethnic origin, not as “Asian.”

Yet, in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech massacre, many of us – including myself – used the word to refer to any other “Asian” besides us.

In the end it wouldn’t have worked for very long. To be a minority in America, even in the 21st century, is to be always on trial. An evil act by one indicts the entire community. Whoever doubts this need only look at the spike in hate crimes against Muslims and South Asian communities after 9/11.

After the shootings, before the identity of the killer was revealed, my best friend, a Korean-American lawyer in Washington, D.C., felt in his bones, and he didn't know why, that somehow a Korean was responsible. But, “one thing’s for sure now,” he said through a sigh, “we can safely lay the model minority theme to rest.”


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WWWong on May 09, 2007 at 23:57:05 said:

This month is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, so you've undoubtedly seen the CBS TV ad portraying an assortment of hyphenated American kids smiling and saying, "I'm a Korean-American. I'm a Chinese-American. I'm a Japanese-American. I'm a Vietnamese-American. I'm a Filipino-American, etc." Funny. I've never heard some white kid saying, "I'm a British-American, or I'm a German-American, etc." Let me relate an incident that highlighted this difference and how I was bemused by it.

My adopted from Korea 5-year old grandson Matthew is currently enrolled in a Taekwondo class in Foster City under the tutelage of Olympic Gold Medalist Master Herb Perez. We want him to feel secure about his ethnic heritage even as he's growing up in an American household flavored with Chinese cultural backings. Several of his fellow Taekwondo students are Asian and ethnically Korean, so several of them are brought to class by their grandmothers who care for them during the daytime. On one of Matthew's earlier classes one especially senior Korean grandma approached Matthew and asked in broken English, "You Korean?" Matthew looked at her straight on and blurted, "No. I'm American!" There was no hesitance, there was no doubt, and there was no intent at all to include Chinese in that adamantly spoken statement of fact. Cracked me up when I witnessed that. Of course, I casually strolled over a few moments later to whisper into that sweet woman's ears, "He's Korean, but his parents are Chinese." She nodded and smiled in recognition.

I don't know when Matthew will learn that he's more than an American. I don't if he'll ever suffer the pangs of being ridiculed because of his ethnicity, as I once had been in this nation's capitol in 1944. I don't know if he'll eventually be categorized as Asian or subcategorized as Korean. I only know that, during his lifetime, he will be recognized as a hyphenated American by many, if not by all. We, as a nation, have come a long way since the incident at John Brown's Ferry, but, as long as the census takers continue to label some of us as hyphenated Americans, we'll continue to foster attitudes, feelings, and actions solely based on racial backgrounds. And that's a shame. Unless we all hyphenate ourselves. That I could live with. ;-)

w3


Dan McGuire on May 02, 2007 at 17:57:40 said:

I think his being asian, specifically Korean, had much to do with his deadly shooting spree. East Asian men in the United States have a difficult time finding mates because so many East Asian women marry outside their race, mostly to white Americans. The interracial marriage imbalance between East Asian females versus males is about 8:1. This means that many East Asian males in the US are constantly confronted by their potential ethnic mates cavorting with white American males. This is a source of considerable frustration to them and is very likely part of the wellspring of hatred from which Cho drew his poisonous rage. Plus, he couldn't articulate and spoke like he had a bunch of marbles in his mouth.


vince rubino on May 01, 2007 at 18:49:07 said:

As a "white" person, I was shocked this guy was asian. Most serial killers and mass murders are white, because most are American. As more ethnic groups assimilate into American culture, we'll see more non-white sociopaths emerge. The issue is not culture of origin, it's culture of destination. This country supports "freedom" more than any other if your definition of freedom is freedom to act rather than freedom from the actions of others. America, at it's worse provides people freedom to behave like monsters, freedom to be extreme. A culture of aggression that extends to obscene captialism where football and TV stars posing with guns and pumped up on steroids make orders of magnitude more money and pretige than the highest paid intellectuals such as medical doctors. Governers race around endangering constituents in legal yet unnecessary high speed motorcades. Guns are sold like a commodity, and casual violence is accepted in entertainment and communities as a right of passage. As horrific as it may have been, Cho's was an act of assimilation. It's time for Americans to wake up to the rotting smell of our brand of so called "freedom" and start reigning in destructive egos from their hysterical will to power and abuse.


joe/ching on May 01, 2007 at 12:55:03 said:

cho was not very asian, being so thoroughly
americanized.

i wont be too surprised that some video game would
soon come out to see who can beat record cho
set in gunning down more students and faculties
within the same time frame.


Sylvie Boulanger on May 01, 2007 at 06:38:33 said:

I'm French Canadian (Caucasian). I'm an engineer. I'm 46. I'm a mother. I am so surprised that so much accent is put on the ethnic origin of the killer. My first reaction was sorrow for those young people who lost their lives. Being an engineer, it touched me particularly as I can relate to their studies, their hopes. In 1989, 14 young women engineers lost their lives to a French-speaking Caucasian killer at École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Again, my heart went out to the victims, those young women as I can relate to the difficult choices, the challenge, the sense of achievement, and yes, the potential discrimination that women may need to overcome to become an engineer. I cry for the parents who lost a child.

Then, there are the killers. The young people that somehow went off the social path, had difficulty integrating, felt discriminated against and "lost it". I do wonder what drives them to that point. My thoughts are completely independent of race. I am a mother of two boys, and I wonder about how the parents can possibly survive seeing their child reach that point of desperation. I wonder about a lot of things but rarely about race.

Many of my sons' friends, in fact, most of my sons' friends, are from other cultures. It's part of the future. Let's make it work. Let's not use single events to create ravines between ethnic groups. I know it's tough for young people to fit in the global world. But please, let us have less discrimination, more understanding and well, just more love for a better world. That's what I hope we will learn from this event. Period.


Mark on Apr 30, 2007 at 22:18:59 said:

To distract the commenters here from racial identity politics, we need to think about what he was being taught as an English Lit major:

www.americanthinker.com/blog/2007/04/was_cho_taught_to_hate.html

We have the responsibility to teach and to live in accord with the best precepts of the worlds great teachers: Jesus Christ, Gautama Buddha, Aristotle. Not Karl Marx or Sigmund Freud: this is the cultural crack pipe the VT (and most other) English Lit departments are offering their students.


K,S on Apr 30, 2007 at 20:12:03 said:

The fact is that this country is flooded with discrimination, mostly based on complexions, with influence of nationalities, religions, and wealth. sometimes people discriminate other \"groups,\" and sometimes people discriminate themselves. With the facade of equality of all religions, ethnicities, and social classes written in the constitution, certainly people would hope not to be related in anyway to wrongdoings and be ashamed or even scared when they actually have connections with conspicuous crimes, even in the slightest way possible.

People are hardly rational. In a melting-pot nation clogged with discrimination, irrationality further expands its territory and power. We minorities should not discriminate one another (which is certainly seldom realized) but should not meanwhile feel \"too\" guilty about feeling relaxed when finding \"zero\" relation to wrongdoings.


And stop holding memorials and BS-political-talks on news channels. People just make a big fuss for an extremely short time period. Then they think they have done their best, without making any long term effort to fix problems surfaced. Soon people would just totally forget the incident - until next time. I find myself really despise the \"4-year-political-term\" routine.


jj on Apr 30, 2007 at 19:13:55 said:

It is very important to express the fear felt by members of the AA community in response to this horrible event. It is a great shame that the media exploited the ethnicity of the shooter to such a great extent. In my mind it is just the media creating hype for their own benefit - being irresponsible to increase ratings. Even the fact that the shooter was a green card holder seems irrelevant. He was here since a kid and is a product of this country. His bizarre motives could have come from a person of any ethnic background. How many kids get picked on and feel angry about it? (too fat, too smart, too stupid, too short, etc.) He was a disturbed person and no race has the monopoly on crazy people. In a society where we struggle to blur our racial differences and treat people equally the media did us a great disservice in their coverage of this event. Meanwhile, they seemed reluctant to talk about a legal system that allowed a mentally unstable and potentially dangerous person to slip from its grasp??!!!


John on Apr 24, 2007 at 18:31:37 said:

I think all Asians should be ashamed. You think some non-Asian isn't going to lynch you because he can tell that you are Vietnamese, not Korean? Trust me, this was bad for ALL ASIANS. BTW, I am Asian.


reg on Apr 22, 2007 at 20:30:35 said:

From the latest news, his family and childhood friends said he(Cho Seung Hui) as a model student who used to be popular but all this apparently changed when he went to hight school.The reason was in the english class, his white student classmates laughed at him and said "go back to china" when he read in front of class.they though he was a chinese.the teacher threatened him with "F" for participation.he could not speak english when he first came.(they should understand,the teacher also))Ms Stephanie Roberts,22, a classmate of Cho's said" she heard that cho had been picked on several times from white students.sometime when the teacher had the students read aloud,he read in strange,deep voice that something in his mouth.Mr.kim (from kyung Hee University)said " he was an athletic student who excelled in mathematics and english". He was even held up as role model by his teacher.He finished three years program with a year and half."He was mature and nobody hated him.Cho was recognised by friends as a boy of knowledge.Even though Cho was shy and lay back then, Mr kim said that" he was a good dresser who was popular amount the girls.
I think, true is more to come a bout him but people don't find good news about him yet,may be because of mainline tv and news(media) don't want to share good things about him yet.


Jenny Lau on Apr 20, 2007 at 07:53:03 said:

I totally agree that the word 'asian' is too generic. When someone says they're asian, it's like saying they're white...not very specific is it? Because of this...asians other than S.koreans have also been affected by this. Stating that he was s.korean is bad, but using the word 'asian' when most ppl in this world can not distinguish the different nationalities and ethnic groups in asia does not help the situation.
Personally, I think it's less important whether this guy was s.korean or not....the colour of their skin does not determine whether they're going to go round killing people, it's what goes inside their head, and by constantly bringing up the fact that he is 'asian' only increases racism and more excuses for people to hate others (i.e other asians) for the colour of their skin. Ppl always talk about peace, but everytime something like this happens....people react in such a way that only brings about more hatred, anger and racism into this world.


Incognito on Apr 20, 2007 at 03:24:43 said:

Reading this makes me laugh. Asian are exactly what people want us to be weak and fighting among ourselves. It funny how only in a time of crsis you get to see what the asian community is really made of and that is basically a door matt that says walk all over me. People think just cuz the gunman S. Korea that other races can tell the differance of what asians look like. Let say if I was a racist white person or black person, then what I can just go and beat you up, and the asian americans are so tried to take abuse it just funny. What also intrest is that most asians don't own guns, who do they expect to protect them? What the police? People wake up, for goodness sakes get armed and watch out for yourself and look out for each other. I can hate any1 and vandalize anything of that person I want as long as I can get away wiht it, the police can't be everywhere at one. So for once instead of saying thank god it not my race, lets all support each other and go, yup gunman asian and I'm asian got a problem with that?


MacLu on Apr 18, 2007 at 23:11:50 said:

It would have been worse if the killer had been of Chinese descent rather than South Korean. It would have given right-wing nuts who have a problem with China/Communists a great excuse to start China-bashing. Case in point: A couple weeks ago Bill O\'Reilly got into a shouting match with Geraldo trying to tie a drunk driving Mexican who had killed a girl to the entire immigration problem. I couldn\'t believe I had to side with Geraldo. A Japanese American would have reignited images of Pearl Harbor, a Vietnamese American images of Vietnam. At least South Korea is an ally.


Shinji on Apr 18, 2007 at 21:00:28 said:

Why are you guys so worked up about this?? I mean yes, we do know how this country thinks, just by its very colorful (red-soaked) history... but if you think about it, WHAT should any Asian American do if you were confronted by a racist white prick that wants to 'avenge' the VT massacre...? Answer: the same thing any Asian American should do with or without the VT massacre... protect yourself! Kick the crap out of him or start appreciating your 2nd Ammendment right. Sounding like a bunch of scared cats just encourages these lowlifes to attempt to act upon it...


Anonymous teenage girl on Apr 18, 2007 at 18:30:23 said:

I was surprised upon reading this article, for it captured my sentiments perfectly. I will admit, that when my family first heard the news, that our thoughts were: please don\'t let it be a student from China. And I will go further to admit that upon reading this, I felt a relief that I was not the only one who felt that way.

In response to Milbert S, yes, there is an element of selfishness, even cowardice, to the desperate hope of \"please let it be some other asian\". Yet I do not believe that it necessarily means that Asian Americans are or will be afraid to stand up to racism. Our initial reaction is a natural result of the side of human nature that is self-serving, and being part of a minority group which does not have the most visible or strongest presence in society, it is understandable to fear backlash when suddenly a member of our ethnic group appears on the public spotlight in such a horrible, twisted way. Yet notice that I called the \"let it be some other asian\" thought an initial reaction. If Koreans do suffer backlash, I do not believe that other Asian Americans will feel relieved that it is not them who is on the receiving end of such prejudice and retreat into the safety of belowing to another distinctly different identity. I know for a fact that I myself, will feel for the Korean community if they do encounter hate. We are still bound by the common thread of kinship,and indeed, in spite of whatever initial relief we may have experienced, we are wise enough to understand that what Cho Seung Hui did will affect us all. Just seeing the responses and discussion on various Asian American websites that have addressed this issue, I get the feeling that after we have wished that it was some other Asian, we know have come to the understanding that we\'re all in this together. I sincerely hope that as a community, this incident will provoke a thoughtful examination of our places in society, and strengthen our will to fight prejudice if that\'s what we\'ll face, and at the same time sending our sympathies to those who lost their lives or are hurting because of this tragic event. I believe that, Asian or not, we all can learn from this historic tragedy.


u/u on Apr 18, 2007 at 16:14:23 said:

go to msnbc.com NOW. he sent in a video/photo package with his ramblings to NBC headquarters in NY. wait till the media blows this out.


Phil Johnson on Apr 18, 2007 at 14:03:12 said:

I just have one brief comment, in response to EL's comment "Chances are if a Caucasian-Male, Black, or Hispanic asks a Caucasian female for a drink or dance, she probably says yes". I am Euro-American male, and believe me, I would say 80-90% of the time I ask some woman out or something, she says no. That's a typical baserate, but if you don't have any friends then you take it personally.


Matt Bzyg on Apr 18, 2007 at 09:53:54 said:

Don't you see it's the same with white people? I was thinking "God don't it be a white guy!" Please, we've gotten a rep as nuts because of serial killers and clock-tower shooters. Hopefully, if nothing else, it will just illustrate that anyone can be crazy, and one in ten million is one in ten million, whether you're talking about South Koreans or Germanic Brits.


Ras Siddiqui on Apr 18, 2007 at 09:25:09 said:

It is the magic of the "Old America Media"
that fuels rumors of "Pakistani Muslim" gunmen even before any facts come out. It somehow saddens me more at a time when we are already full of sadness.
It is tough to get over so many young lives lost.

A Pakistani-American


Ka Wah Chan on Apr 18, 2007 at 08:38:43 said:

It was unusual for a graduating Senior of liberal arts student could lose his temper and gunning 32 peoples killed on university campus. This South Korean immigrant student Cho Seung-hui must had been full of grievance since he was born-and-raised in a rich-and-poor deepest gap of S. Korean society. After immigrated to the United States, he still couldn't adjust himself such as facing those stress on discrimination, social life in mainstream, some white ladies don't accept Asians' love affairs, they just don't want to hurt your feeling, that's all.


JKang on Apr 18, 2007 at 05:26:24 said:

The fact that he was Asian affects all Asians regardless of ethnicity, because most people in the country assume we are one and the same. Vincent Chin was not murdered because he was Chinese.


J. Sun on Apr 18, 2007 at 03:52:17 said:

Great article. This thing hit me surprisingly hard. I'm C-A - so phew, right?

Well, not quite. I completely agree with Milbert S. The worst thing AAs' can do now is to start self-differentiating K-A's from C-A's, J-A's, or V-A's. If there's to be any backlash - we have to stand together and hold the line. We absolutely cannot let the popular media pick apart the A-A community.

Incidentally, I wonder what effect the Imus Controversy is having on the media's reticence (so far) in delving into the ethnic angle.


Christopher on Apr 18, 2007 at 01:22:44 said:

I think this is interesting, but in the larger American society it is off-point: Non-Asian Americans will see this kid as very much The Other -- and yes, the model minority stereotype, in a twisted version. Most Americans don't know the difference between Chinese or Korean culture anymore than most non-Latinos know how different, say, Mexican and Argintinean culture is. Unfortunately, this sad kid plays right into certain terrible stereotypes: The wound-up, nerdy "inscrutable" Asian male playing video games and not "fitting in." And could there be some meaning to the fact that he was an English major failing to thrive in his writing who then shot up the engineering department...?


j. wang on Apr 18, 2007 at 00:50:26 said:

You know it's funny, because my reaction is totally different. I'm still thinking,
'damn it, it's an Asian American'. The way I see myself as Chinese American versus the way I place myself with the Asian American community means I still see this guy as, in the grander scheme of things, part of my community. So while I agree I might have taken it 'harder' if he were Chinese American, I still take it pretty hard because my mind starts reeling of the backlash against Asian Americans that this event will elicit. For many non-Asian Americans, the distinction between this guy being Korean American, and this guy just being Asian, isn't going to be finely tuned to Korean versus Chinese versus Japanese, etc., etc. Just like there were a huge number of hate crimes against Indian Americans post 9-11 because of presumed 'Arab'ness, East Asians across the board, across the country, will be feeling this hard.

I didn't want it to be some other Asian. I wanted it to be a white boy. I don't mean that necessarily to be funny, but seriously, after the speculation of the OK bombings years ago on muslums, arabs, near easterners, etc. and it ended up being a white guy, the dialogue changed very drastically and Americans were saved from needless hate crimes that would have spawned that that incident.

I think Virginia Tech's administration is gonng ba under some hard fire. What kind of school doesn't lock down the entire campus after people have been shot and killed in a dorm, AND the gunman has fled. WTF. Not to say they could have prevented this, but if the campus were on lockdown, crazy dude with guns is one thing, an irresponsible administation is another.


EL on Apr 17, 2007 at 23:43:43 said:

This is what I think:

Yeah, the guy is probably anti-social, loner, maybe some aggression in his photo, bottled up whatever he had.

At the same time, I think he also not 100% psycho. He differentiated the rich and poor, referring his hard-working family or community. His frustration in school or not getting popular in campus. Bullied by others. True, in this country, Asian-Pacific Americans are treated less respected in public or media. Chances are if a Caucasian-Male, Black, or Hispanic asks a Caucasian female for a drink or dance, she probably says yes. But, may bullies Asian-American due to rooted prejudice, still foreigner mentally, lack of muscular type of impression. I think he demonstrated some ingridents of that to his victims. Althought, he was very fair not singled out certain victims or racial groups.

I would say, this lession learn that we need to treat each other fairly. No less than others in the level playing field. I think the shooting really get us think what caused that? True, gun control or too easy to access or buy gun. Secondary, should make harder to own gun or not allowing citizen to own guy all together.

We cannot say he is a loner. Even normal people, as minority, especially Asian-Pacific American have difficulty time integrating to the main stream, not quiet as accepted than other minority. Which including myself angry of that as well. I think he tried to communicate something to us in a frustration way, Wasn\'t him?


Christian C. on Apr 17, 2007 at 20:13:11 said:

That was an interesting read! -- I guess I had kind of a different perspective on this. I didn't quite put so much stress on the fact that he was "Asian", but that he was not a US citizen, but a permanent resident (greencard holder) like me.

Also, i checked out an Austrian web site that has an article on this. They spend one sentence on mentioning that he is South Korean, but an entire paragraph talking about the fact that he is a greencard holder and not a US citizen.

Wondering what this tells you about the European concept of national identity versus the US concept of national identity...


Jane L. on Apr 17, 2007 at 17:39:52 said:

How prescient. I'd been thinking the same things when I heard the "asian" bit on the news. I actually groaned w/ dread when I found out he was Korean. The whole mess is such a tragedy, and now the additional taint is just one more way this is just all very very terrible.


Seng on Apr 17, 2007 at 16:34:01 said:

Funny, that thought never entered my mind until I read about this article on the Hyphen blog. Maybe because I don\'t believe that anyone who would talk of retaliation based on race is going to care about the difference. That the guy turned out to be Korean American instead of Chinese American only means that I get to jokingly ask my KA friends if they knew him instead of the other way around.


Milbert S. on Apr 17, 2007 at 16:14:25 said:

The "let it be some other Asian" mantra is ultimately about cowardice. It's when Americans are not ready to stand up to all forms of racism - and, rather, accept racism as part of life - that hyphenated Americans begin incanting that protective mantra. O lord, if I cower down, please let the racists walk past me and beat up someone else in an unthinking flurry of collective punishment. If this horrific incident causes Korean-Americans in the future to do something other than fall into the mantra "let them chase some other minority" - that will be one small thing coming out of such a sad day that will improve the fabric of our society. Doesn't anyone remember the litany about German horrors (when they came for the Jews, I did not stand up to them because I was not a Jew; when they came for Communists, I did not stand up to them because I was not a Communist . . . etc . . . when they came for me, there was no one left to stand up for me)?


NINE TRUTH on Apr 17, 2007 at 16:00:09 said:

I was watching MSNBC last night and they said that a "state of emergency" had been declared... AFTER THE FACT!
This incident wasn't a 9.0 earthquake or a tsunami. People aren't running around starving and homeless. The people who died are gone, those injured are being taken care of.
How does this shooting merit a "state of emergency?" Will some one please shed some light!


P.L. on Apr 17, 2007 at 15:50:05 said:

Andrew...you're article... is so TRUE! I kept listening on NPR, half afraid they might say Hmong and o no, we just cannot shoulder any more angry shooting rampage stories. So tragic no matter what race though.


Anonymous Lee on Apr 17, 2007 at 15:31:24 said:

Unfortunately, most people can\'t tell the difference between Asians. So you\'re not really off the hook unless you wear a name tag stating \"Hello. I am not Korean.\"


Aamir Ali on Apr 17, 2007 at 14:55:58 said:

asians are a peaceful and successful community in the USA. Additionally the US is not at war with any asian state. I dont think you folks have anything to worry about. you are not in the same boat as muslims or pakistanis.


ii on Apr 17, 2007 at 13:19:18 said:

wow great article...i can't beleive someone actually wrote about it, i was so worried about it and still am today! im chinese and sadly, it was such a relief to find out that the gunner wasn't of my ethnic group but i am so surprised that all other minorities were worrying too! in the end, however it doesn't really matter, as people who are racist would just find something else to pick on, trust me! if ppl are picking on skin color! then something like this is just more ammo, more excuses to hate other people sigh...

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