QUOTE (Florenze @ Mar 26 2004, 09:34 AM)
QUOTE (fk650 @ Mar 26 2004, 12:38 AM)
Most of them were ethnic Korean Chinese as are most immigrants from China to Korea.
It's a tragedy that South Koreans would treat their own ethnic brethren this way as well.
Ethnic Korean chinese do face some discrimination in Korea although they are Korean.
Some native Koreans look down on them and sneer at their different accent.
They are deemed as different and called 'cao xian zhu' in mandarin.
Chao xian zu is the official name for the ethnic Koreans in China. It is the Chinese pronunciation of Chosen, the traditional name for Korea. It's interesting that it's become a slur in S. Korea.
Yes, I've heard of this discrimination. It is quite sad. It is hard for me to figure out why Koreans are so racist? No wonder most of these ethnic Koreans are more loyal to the PRC than to Korea. I've heard many return from S. Korea quite disappointed and dismayed, and become very nationalistic Chinese when they return. The Korean Chinese (and there are about 3 million) recieve absolutely no discrimination in China, and in fact, they have produced some major figures in modern Chinese culture. Cui Jian, considered the father of modern Chinese rock, is ethnic Korean. But that is not even important, Chinese don't even think about him being Korean.
Ethnic Korean prefectures in NE China also have their own autonomous regions and their own public schools that teach in Hangul and the Korean language. They have just as many rights as Hans and they recieve extra benefits as minorities such as exemption from the one child policy, special government programs, affirmative action into university and exemption from many taxes.
I suppose given China's vast size and diversity, it is more accustomed to different peoples. While Korea is small and homogeneous, it cannot even be accomodating to ethnic Koreans who happened to originate somewhere else.