Discrimination

South Korean HIV/AIDS Patients Face Discrimination & Abuse

Christian Science Monitor writer John Powers says that while HIV & AIDS patients in South Korea have long found it difficult to find medical care, as the number of cases increase, so does patient abuse. Korea FM spoke with John Power & US attorney Benjamin Wagner, who has argued at the UN against discrimination in South Korea, to find out more about how HIV & AIDS patients are treated in the ROK.

Interview answers, both in written & audio form, have been edited for length & clarity.


Disabled South Koreans Most Common Victims Of Discrimination

Data from the National Human Rights Commission of Korea shows more than half of all South Korean discrimination complaints in 2015 were filed by persons with disabilities, making the disabled the most common victims of discrimination in the entire country. Korea FM spoke with Ho Kyun Jeong of the National Human Rights Commission of Korea & Daniela Bas, Director of the Division for Social Policy & Development in the United Nations Department of Economic Affairs, to find out why.


Only In Korea Podcast: Businesses Continue To Ban Foreigners

The excuse by Hongdae bar “Green Light” that it’s “not racist” to refuse foreign customers because employees “are not able to communicate in English” is just the latest example of discrimination by South Korean businesses.

Hosts Chance & Travis discuss the story as reported by the Korea Herald, detail the results of an opinion poll on the topic from OinK Facebook members, and play an audio clip of one listener who fears how discrimination in Korea will affect his biracial children.


Gang Rape of Filipina Involving Eight Koreans: Tragedy or Set up?

For days, news about a 22-year-old Filipina from Angeles City, Pampanga who was allegedly raped by eight Koreans made the rounds on social media, and as expected, Filipinos and Koreans are divided in opinion on whether or not the Filipina is telling the truth.


Prejudice against Filipinos in Korea

I thought that I have lived in Korea long enough to evade discrimination or at least get used to it, but when you are a Filipino living in Korea, you have to accept the fact that there will always be prejudice here against Filipinos, and you just have to deal with it, period.


Termination, Cancer, and Disability

Question: My employer is not allowing a coworker to extend his contract because he has cancer. They told him this is the reason they don’t want him to work for them anymore.

Representative Jasmine Lee Urges Lawmakers to Pass Bill To Protect Rights of Undocumented Children

Representative Jasmine Lee Urges Lawmakers to Pass Bill To Protect Rights of Undocumented Children

Queer Links from the Week

Pretend that I posted this yesterday...
Check out the drag queens in Lee Hyori's Miss Korea (hat tip to STL Does 대한민국)

GrooveKorea: Dear Korea: I Still Don't Have AIDS

Is Seoul a Good City for an Expat to Live?

On the television this morning was a programme about the top ten cities in Asia for expats to live in. It wasn’t a particularly well made programme and I got the impression that it was segments from a collection of programmes pulled together under the rather weak connection that they dealt with  expats in  other Asian cities. Of course, there’s plenty of problems with this kind of competition, namely that the majority of those described as expats were Caucasian and in well paid positions, and in several cases the people were merely English teachers.

Anyway, the hit list goes like this:


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