Wednesday, April 18, 2007

After VA Tech shooter, the deluge

So the shooter who murdered 33 people at Virginia Tech was a Korean. I just woke up and I don't have the time or will to spend the time it would take to personally read every single thing that has been said about this situation in Korea, but luckily Robert Koehler Korea's premier English language blogger did it already, so check this out if your curious how Korea reports on such a thing.
Like a person witnessing a nuclear bomb blast in the far of distance, I can see the firestorm of shoddy logic, pat answers to 'why he did it' and near-sighted national soul searching that is flying intractably towards us and will commence today. Hours of magazine shows about the state of Korean America, the practice of migratory fathers (기러기 아빠) who live in Korea while their wives and children live abroad, the Korean education crisis that is driving kids abroad for education, and a number of other things that will be talked to death and persist unchanged. Does Seung Hui Cho (or Cho Seung-Hui or 조성희 or 조승희 or however you pronounce his ambiguous name) have anything to do with these Korean societal phenomenon, seeing as how he has lived in the U.S. since the age of three?

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