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Old November 9 2012, 12:49 AM   #49
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Re: Asian confusion

Forbin wrote: View Post
Oh yeah - I was in my favorite deli, owned by a Korean fella and his Chinese wife, when a curious customer asked the owner if he was Japanese. He was visibly offended!
Gary7 wrote: View Post
^ That bugs me. Why should anybody be offended by such a mistake, especially when it's easy to make for an outsider? If someone thought I looked like I'm Russian (and I really don't--if anything, French, German or Norwegian), I couldn't care less.
There is a lot of bad blood between the Japanese and Korean peoples. The two nations have a long history of wars and invasions, most recently the Japanese invasion and occupation of Korea (and other countries) in WWII, and even today, Koreans living in Japan are subject to a lot of institutionalized discrimination.
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