Korean Americans Look Inward After Oakland Shooting
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Photo via San Francisco Chronicle

by Aruna Lee of New America Media

SAN FRANCISCO — The shooting that killed seven at a private Christian university in Oakland would never have happened in Korea, where owning a firearm is outlawed. That at least is the assessment of community members who point to America’s own thriving gun culture as a causal factor in this and other incidents.

“Gun possession is a major factor in the deadly shootings,” said Nam Paik, pastor of the Northern California Deaf Church based in Fremont, Calif. “Sometimes frustration and anger can boil over into direct and violent action through the use of firearms.”

The shooting, the Bay Area’s worst mass murder in nearly two decades, occurred Monday morning at Oikos University, in a business park between Interstate 880 and Oakland International Airport. Another three were injured in the slaughter, according to police.

The shooter has been identified as 43-year-old naturalized Korean American One (Won) Goh, a former nursing student at the school. A report in the San Francisco Chronicle notes that Goh may have been involved in a dispute with campus officials. He was apprehended an hour-and-a-half later in Alameda, after having fled in a victim’s car.

“Life as an immigrant in this country can be very isolating and lonely,” explained Paik. “Also, the violence in American culture… with high rates of gun possession and an entertainment industry that glorifies violence can definitely influence people.”

One of the victims, Hyun-joo Shim, 21, was enrolled in the school’s nursing program, according to Joo-young Hwang, a reporter with the Korean-language Korea Daily. Hwang says the victim’s father had been waiting just off campus for his daughter to come out. “I have a bad feeling,” he told Hwang, after failing to reach Shim by phone.

“I regret it happened in the Korean community,” said Jae-sun Kim with the Korean Consulate in San Francisco.

Kyung Chan Kim, a pastor at the Richmond Korean Baptist Church and head of the Northern California Korean Christian Association, expressed condolences to the families of the victims, but was quick to distance the community from the violence.

“I’m very sorry to the victims of the shooting, and I’m very sorry that it happened in a Korean Christian school,” said Kim. “However, this kind of incident can happen regardless of place. I don’t think it’s just a problem within the Korean community.”

Such statements are exactly what Jonathan H. Lee, chair of the Department of Primary Care and Community Medicine at the San Mateo Medical Center, warns against. Lee, who is Korean American, says members must take stock of to what extent this tragedy reflects something within their own community.

“There is a racial overlay to this,” said Lee, noting that both the shooter and the university were part of the Korean American community. “Koreans are implicated… [but] the reaction of the Korean community is probably going to be to find an explanation that doesn’t require them to go inward.”

Part of that may have to do with religion, he adds. “Many of the patients I see, who are more fundamentalist, tend not to acknowledge science.”

There is already a well-documented cultural reticence to acknowledging mental illness among Koreans, a tendency that is particularly pronounced among the more devout. “Some of them have a hard time accepting that their blood sugar count might be low,” said Lee, who notes that for some religiously inclined Koreans, admitting to such afflictions as mental disease can be tantamount to a weakness of faith.

“I met the assailant a couple of times, but don’t know him well,” said Dong Kim, publisher of the Korean-language weekly Hyundai News U.S.A. and a long time Oakland resident. “I heard he used to work at a Korean supermarket in Daly City, and that other staff there feared him.”

That description echoes similar statements following the shooting rampage at Virginia Tech in 2007, which killed 32 and wounded 25. The attacker, Seung-hui Cho, was a Korean American enrolled at the university. Like Goh, he used a .45 caliber handgun in the attacks. Cho had previously been diagnosed with a severe anxiety disorder. Korean media at the time were quick to note that he was raised in the United States.

In February of this year, a Korean man in Atlanta entered a sauna and opened fire, killing four before turning the gun on himself. All four victims were related to the shooter in that case. Officials say a domestic dispute led to the killings.

“It’s not just an individual problem,” said Dong, who like Lee feels this latest incident highlights potentially deeper problems within the community. Pointing to increasingly common reports out of South Korea about the often violent bullying that occurs there, sometimes driving victims to suicide, Dong says such bullying “doesn’t only happen in schools.”

“We, as Koreans, should reflect on this matter,” he said, “and embrace others in a warm way.”

This article was originally published by New America Media. Reprinted with permission.

  • screw PC needs to slowly die of AIDS

    Screw=loser…a loser that’s got nothing better to do than to troll on a Korean website. Screw is an unhappy “Canadian-Japanese” person that likes to gloat at the downfalls of people of Korean ethnicity. Well here are some Japanese perpetrators of infamous, ignoble, egregious attacks against innocent people
    -1995 Tokyo subway poison gas attacks
    -Japanese college student, who was denied dental school admissions, decapitated his younger sister after she taunted him about it.
    -In Gardena, California in the early 1980s, a Japanese-American (yes, an American person of Japanese descent) teenage male murders his girlfriend in her home while acting unaffected by it for several days. This sociopathic loser confessed to the premeditated murder, after authorities found evidence that lead to his crime. He later requested that he be executed rather than serve a life term; his wish was granted, thank God! Less losers on this earth means a better society, especially without Japanese ones.
    -Pearl Harbor attacks by the most cowardly race on earth–Nihon-jin–weasals all the while showing the audacity to stay on the Hawaiin Islands. The internment camps were condign albeit Japanese-American whine about it all the time…I don’t care albeit I don’t gloat.

    Sooo go chase koko-jin men there “screw PC.” We know your parents hate them and look down on them–you racists!

    BTW, you wanna know how I know nihonji females lust after koko-jin boys?…They’re much bigger than your male counterparts, and hence the bitterness Japanese males exude…LOL (oh yeah, you got me, I’m masking my frustration).

    Nihonji girls licentiously curry koko-jin boys.

  • You’re still a troll

    “That’s what grace & dignity is; life is much easier when you learn to deal with your scars and move on.”

    Trolling on a board, making racist generalizations, you truly are an example of “grace & dignity”. LOL.

  • You’re still a troll

    “That’s what grace & dignity is; life is much easier when you learn to deal with your scars and move on.”

    And taking responsibility for past actions as Japan has not. Life is much easier when you don’t commit a crime in the first place.

    I certainly hope all Japanese Americans aren’t like you. Poking your nose around where it doesn’t belong. Acting all self-righteous.

    You are the last person to school anyone on “proper” behavior. You came here to judge ALL Koreans for the actions of a few and yet, you criticize me for confusing Japanese Americans with Japanese nationals. Please. Have some class and goodbye, troll. The only thing you accomplished was to show how embarrassing some members of the Japanese American/Canadian community can be.

  • ScrewPoliticalCorrectness

    Lastly, I’ve admitted, multiple times that Japan has its own problems. Japanese-Canadians/Americans have also suffered injustices during WW2; they just don’t see that fact as a weapon they can use against Americans whenever they get into an argument. That’s what grace & dignity is; life is much easier when you learn to deal with your scars and move on.

  • ScrewPoliticalCorrectness

    How depressing. You ignore the very serious issues in your community (the ones I provided solid evidence of) and instead answer back with “BUT the Japanese are this, BUT the Japanese did that, BUT, BUT, BUT…”. You can’t even make the distinction between Japanese nationals and second gen. Japanese-Canadians, can you? Your legacy of decades-old hate blinds you. The various links I provided lead to statistics and facts from reliable sources, NOT Korean-bashing sites. But you can’t seem to handle or come to grips with this reality in a calm manner (Your increasingly repetitive “LOL”s only indicate that you’re losing your cool and reacting immaturely, by the way). Ever wonder why Korean tourists have one of the worst reputations among the international community, while Japanese tourists have the best? But this fact doesn’t matter to you because you can always revert back to WW2 and your identity as a victim.

    All of your replies, all of them, consist of ignoring the facts I point out and instead zeroes in on the fact I have Japanese origins, on the grudges passed down from your grandparents and any other details you can divert the criticism to (my Dr. Phil ref. was sort of meant to be tongue-in-cheek, btw). “Politically Incorrect…but don’t giva fuck” FAIL. I’m not a dude. I’ll leave you both to your delusions and hate and blame; I certainly hope all people of Korean descent aren’t like you guys!

  • Politically Incorrect…but don’t giva fuck

    Japanese women love koko-jin guys…that’s why Japanese men are bitter. Japanese American women, who’re actually halfway decent looking i.e. not fat and ugly, opt for haku-jin men. Again, this embitters Japanese American men. Japanese American men, unfortunately, are some bitter, overly serious, unfriendly, with big chips off their shoulders people. If you approach them, they look at you like you raped their mothers in front of them. Japanese American males are some of the unhappiest, overly serious people I’ve come across…And they’re very unlucky in love. I’m sorry, just speaking the truth.

  • #12 is STILL a troll

    “Like Dr.Phil says, holding onto resentment is like locking yourself in the basement. If the people (the japn gov’t) who hurt you (or your grandparents) aren’t going to change, the only other choice is for YOU to change.”

    LOL. Spoken by a troll who pretends to help Koreans with his shallow judgments and generalizations. Why don’t you focus on Fukushima and how the Japanese government lies to its citizens about the dangers of the radiation? Yeah, you’re here to be the obnoxious Japanese troll. Why do so many Japanese women go into porn? Why does Japan have such a twisted sexual culture? This site is for Koreans and those interested in learning about Korean culture. Why should anyone answer you? Just to please your twisted curiosity? You act all self-righteous about how “concerned” you are about this issue. You don’t care about this issue or the reasons why. You’re just here to satisfy your own twisted need to bash Koreans. You obviously haven’t learned not to embarrass your own community and are the last person to criticize anyone or any community about their behavior. You get raped, have your house robbed and taken from you, have your intellectual property stolen and passed of someone else’s and then, let’s see how forgiving you will be and this is not even a full comparison to what Japan actually did to Korea. The fact that you take advice from Dr. Phil just shows your mentality. So simple minded and so shallow. LOL. The Japanese American community is not perfect and you are an example of that.

  • ScrewPoliticalCorrectness

    “There is only blame and fingerpointing, but no exploration of the causes.”

    Yeah, that would be due to you constantly going off-topic and no one coming up with causes. I’m not part of the Korean community, how the hell am I supposed to come up with explanations?

  • ScrewPoliticalCorrectness

    “f it were a Japanese guy, you could be sure that there would have been a much higher incidence of cannibalism and sexual deviance involved in the act”

    Um…you saw the stats about various violent crimes that I posted, right? You seem to have a habit of ignoring inconvenient (and relevant) truths.

    I never claimed that I was trying to “help” Koreans, either. I asked a valid question and pointed out facts (admittedly about a sensitive topic; hence my handlename). Right from the get-go, you decided I was imposing “japanese superiority”, based on the fact that I identified myself as being from the Japanese-Canadian community. In response to the cold hard facts I pointed out, you attempted to divert the focus to crimes in Japan (which turned out to be hypocritical, to say the very least) and you continue to dig into history in an attempt to use your victimhood as a weapon.

    Although WW2 atrocities are completely OT to the original article above, I totally agree that the japanese gov’t should do everything possible to appease past war-victims. However, it’s pathetic to use your ancestors’ identity as victims like some badge that gives you right to silence any & all arguments.

    How many more generations are going to continue to pass down the legacy of hatred and grudges onto their children? How many more decades are you going to continue to hold anyone & everyone with Japanese roots to be accountable for war atrocities? Does this hatred & grudge also extend to Japanese newborns? To third & fourth generation Japanese-Americans/Canadians and beyond?

    Like Dr.Phil says, holding onto resentment is like locking yourself in the basement. If the people (the japn gov’t) who hurt you (or your grandparents) aren’t going to change, the only other choice is for YOU to change. Otherwise, you would be grasping onto your identity as a victim (as opposed to a survivor) and spending the rest of your life waiting for compensation & apologies that aren’t very likely to come (the japn gov’t doesn’t even listen to their own people, the japn military no longer exists and war crime trials & executions ended in the 60′s).

  • #12 is STILL a troll

    And it is obvious by his desire to make this a contest of Koreans and Japanese that he is here to troll. There is only blame and fingerpointing, but no exploration of the causes. This guy knows NOTHING about Koreans and has NOTHING to share. I can dig up more messed up stories about Japanese people. Go to a forum and say that your people are better than others. Then, talk about how the other group is messed up due to the acts of a few individuals. Trying to act “respectable” while dissing Koreans. Where have I seen this before? The Japanese committed many atrocities in Korea and still have not paid full compensation for their crimes. So there are still more than 200,000 Korean properties looted by the Japanese government that are still in Japan. The Japanese government pretends to act repentant with “apologies”, but talk is cheap. That’s why Korean women who were kidnapped into sexual slavery have not received full compensation and nor have other Korean forced laborers. Japan cares very much about its international reputation, but its actions have shown that it is not serious about taking responsibility for its crimes. After Fukushima, many Koreans donated to the relief effort only to be repaid by vicious rumors by Japanese netizens that they were dogs of Japan and how Japan does not need Korea’s help. It goes to show how pride can blind people from seeing their own flaws and the humanity of others. Perhaps there are more Korean shooters, but I will say this, if it were a Japanese guy, you could be sure that there would have been a much higher incidence of cannibalism and sexual deviance involved in the act. There are people who have a much higher rate of shooting than Koreans, but I don’t go on their boards and act all superior to them. The troll is obviously here for his own self-gratification. People who live in glass houses . . . as the saying goes. It’s easy to insult others, but harder to look at your own flaws.

  • #12 is STILL a troll

    “With my first comment, I was basically saying “Okay, here’s what I know about how Japanese-Americans/Canadians are raised. I think this is why you don’t see very many of us involved in crimes here. Korea & Japan is very similar in many ways, what’s different about the way they do things that results in so many Korean shooting rampages?”.”

    Sure you were. You were trying to say how superior Japanese are to Koreans in how they raise their children. Just STFU and get out. Stop trying to pretend that you are “helping” Koreans when we all know that you are just here to troll in your usual self-righteous and hypocritical way. Your Japanese parents obviously did not raise you not to embarrass your own community. You are the last person to criticize ANYONE about being “respectable”.

  • ScrewPoliticalCorrectness

    With my first comment, I was basically saying “Okay, here’s what I know about how Japanese-Americans/Canadians are raised. I think this is why you don’t see very many of us involved in crimes here. Korea & Japan is very similar in many ways, what’s different about the way they do things that results in so many Korean shooting rampages?”.

    Instead of providing insight into this matter, you became uber-defensive and responded by accusing me of trolling & being banned from other sites, and listing crimes that happened in Japan. This got me wondering: how much violent crimes occur in Japan compared to Korea? Here’s what I found:

    According to figures compiled by United Nations and info provided by the Korean National Police, South Korea had nearly six times the homicide rate of Japan, nearly four times the rate of assaults compared to Japan and at least 17 times (!!!) the rate of rapes in Japan (rate per 100,000 population, during 2008 & 2009).

    http://www.unodc.org/unodc/en/data-and-analysis/statistics/crime.html
    http://www.police.go.kr/eng/index.jsp

    “Child rape cases in Korea outnumber those in US, UK, Japan, Germany”
    http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2010/08/117_70679.html

    Japan has their own problems for sure, but it looks like violent crimes is a VERY serious problem in South Korea…Not just overseas but in their own country as well. It’s up to you guys to face the truth or turn your face away from it, so good luck with that!

  • #12 is STILL a troll

    “You’re a great example of the demographic who pisses on someone’s hospitality/territory, have no self-awareness of their actions and therefore are unable to feel any remorse. The Korean community have no hope as long as there’s clueless people like you who places blame on everyone else (including people from 50+ yrs ago), blames racism and lack the self-awareness to realise that they’re doing this.”

    “Although I was born & raised here in North America, my Japanese parents taught me to respect the country that took them in and to not give other Japanese immigrants a bad name. I see alot of my Japanese-American/Canadian friends having been raised in the same strict way. I believe this is a big factor that contributes to the rarity of Japanese names involved in violent crimes here in North America. . . . . I can’t help but wonder what’s wrong with the way Koreans raise their children, especially considering how common Christianity is in their culture.”

    And you’re not here to troll, trumpeting your Japanese superiority. You say that Japanese Americans don’t have anything to do with the Japanese occupation. What about the Korean Americans who had NOTHING to do with the shootings? Double standards. Yeah, I know you’ll keep coming back because you have a beef with Koreans. You’re a great example of “not giving Japanese immigrants a bad name.” LOL. That’s why you troll Korean boards.

  • ScrewPoliticalCorrectness

    Pathetic. Here we are, talking about crimes that happened in the last 5 years and you bring up stuff that happened more than half a century ago in another continent. Towards someone who was born in North America and whose relatives had nothing to do with the war, nonetheless. Yet you deny that you have a victim complex.

    I’ve admitted that the Japanese are responsible for horrific crimes; you’re the only one here who’s in denial. “Keep looking for a way to blame Koreans”, you say. Well who the hell else are responsible for the shooting rampages I’ve mentioned?! American society? Japanese war criminals?

    More and more Americans/Canadians, and not just the ignorant rednecks, are complaining about immigrants coming to North America and showing zero respect/consideration for the people & culture there. You’re a great example of the demographic who pisses on someone’s hospitality/territory, have no self-awareness of their actions and therefore are unable to feel any remorse. The Korean community have no hope as long as there’s clueless people like you who places blame on everyone else (including people from 50+ yrs ago), blames racism and lack the self-awareness to realise that they’re doing this.

    If you had your way, there’d be a disclaimer on this site that any non-Koreans criticising Koreans will be banned from this site.

  • #7 is STILL a troll

    Yes, you will just never get it. I’m all for self-reflection and there have been some interesting articles on why such crimes have happened in the Korean community. But it is obvious from your tone, that you are here to troll. Keep looking for a way to blame Koreans. I’m sure you use any negative article about Korea to unleash your racial frustrations. Japanese criminals who kill foreigners in Japan are no better than Korean ones who kill in the U.S. You were trying to say they were. Anything that Japanese do is justified by you. What about the Kanto massacre where many Japanese killed Koreans? Or the Japanese government sponsored sexual slavery of Korean, Chinese, Dutch, and other foreign women? Look in the mirror before you criticize because if you want this to be a contest, Japan will be the loser. Why do you think there are so many WWII vets in America who hate Japan? Because they were tortured by their Japanese captors who were much harsher than the Germans. Self-reflection is for the Korean community. You are not here in any way to understand the cause and bring about a solution, but to unleash your hatred. I could share more stories about Japanese and how they treated Koreans during the occupation that make this shooting look laughable. SO STFU and get out. Why is Japan the only Asian country to have had white slavery? This was a big story in the 80′s when some white American women were duped into prostitution through the promise of modeling/entertainment contracts. Where was the Japanese respect, then? There are so many other messed up things about Japan that I could bring up, but I won’t. This is a KOREAN blog, for people who are KOREAN or just interested in Korean things. Go back to your trolling elsewhere and leave this site alone or there will be other posters to show you to the door.

  • ScrewPoliticalCorrectness

    You’re totally right, #_ is a Troll! We should try to understand the causes behind violent shooting rampages like this.

    According to your reasoning, any criticism against Koreans counts as “Korean bashing” and/or “Japanese Superiority” and should be banned from all sites. Censorship is the solution! According to your logic, crimes that occur in Japan should be brought up when someone points out the Korean shootings in the US. Disregard the crimes that also occurs in Korea because those shouldn’t be brought into the equation (doing so would be, let me guess, “Japanese Superiority”?). Guests killing people in the house that they were lucky enough to be let into, is no different than any other types of murders because it’s all just about “image” anyways. It also totally makes sense to compare a series of mass murders to being discriminated at a restaurant.

    Conclusion: There’s no problem in the Korean community at all, because any common ethnic aspect to all of these mass shooting incidents can be blamed on “Korean Bashing” done by “trolls”. Problem solved!

    “Koreans are implicated… [but] the reaction of the Korean community is probably going to be to find an explanation that doesn’t require them to go inward.”

  • #7 is STILL a troll

    It is your “Japanese superiority complex”. Why are you here on a Korean site? Just to troll like you do on the SFGate forums and get blocked by their staff.

    Committing a crime in Japan is not better than committing it in the United States. If pride was at stake, why do some Japanese kill foreigners in Japan? The pride you talk about is really just image and does not make Japanese criminals more moral than foreign ones.

    It is obvious that you are not concerned with understanding the cause behind this, but here for your own selfish motives to bash Koreans. I don’t care what kind of experiences you had in the past. I have been discriminated at a Japanese restaurant myself, but do not use that to troll Japanese sites. I don’t care about Japanese and most of the readers here probably don’t either. If you want to bash Koreans, go to the many Japanese sites that do. You are not welcome here.

  • ScrewPoliticalCorrectness

    Correction: “Korean offenders are responsible for THE worst university mass shooting in American history as well as the THIRD deadliest university shooting in American history.”

    If you want to rant some more against people pointing out the obvious, here are some other links:

    “Another Angry Korean Shooter at Oikos University”
    http://www.asianweek.com/2012/04/03/another-angry-korean-shooter-at-oikos-university/

    “A Korean male who appeared to be about 33 years old said in a CNN interview from Seoul
    “It happened because of an internal problem within the American society, not because of a Korean.”

    Yep, always blame those Americans.”

    “It does matter a lot, because the Korean media is always going on and on about “evil foreigners” and how they are “corrupting Korea.

    This guy was (or still is) Korean and he decided to do what he did, in America.”

    “Heard an interesting question last night at the pub: Will “going Korean” replace “going postal” in the lexicon?

    If one more Korean goes on a spree in the next five years then yes, “going Korean” will certainly enter the American lexicon. ”

    http://www.rjkoehler.com/2012/04/04/oakland-shooter-teased-over-poor-english-reports/#comment-460519

    Just a warning, I made the same comment on this site but this is just the second site, which does make me a “troll”. Try not to have a meltdown there.

  • ScrewPoliticalCorrectness

    How about you stop freaking out, take a few breaths and see things in a calm manner. You seem to have some inferiority/victim complex, no one is trying to claim “japanese superiority” (whatever that is) over anyone.

    It may be easier to dismiss people who present arguments that you can’t accept as trolls, but it’s just another form of denial. As for my supposed banned comment on some other site, I have no idea what you are referring to.

    Also, I never suggested that there aren’t any Japanese killers I’m talking about cases in North America. Of course there are many horrific murders in Japan, to deny that would be ludicrous. I’m talking about crimes commited by members of different asian communities in North America. It’s an irrefutable fact that compared to other first-world Asian nations (Japanese, Taiwanese, Singapore), Koreans are involved in the most numbers of violent shooting rampages BY FAR (again, here in North America). I’m sorry this offends you, but it’s the truth.

    Let’s see; just in the last five years, there was the Virginia Tech shooting rampage (the deadliest shooting incident by a single gunman in US history), the shooting rampage in a Korean retreat at Temecula, the bombing/shooting rampage at the Discovery Channel, the shooting rampage at a Korean health spa in Atlanta, and the Oakland shooting rampage. There are also multiple cases of domestic murder-suicides that took place in Korean households (in the US & Canada). Can you say the same for people from the Japanese, Taiwanese and Singapore community (or ANY other North American ethnic community, for that matter)? Korean offenders are responsible for THE worst university in American history as well as the THIRD deadliest university shooting in American history. Doesn’t this seem just a bit wierd to you? Or do you conveniently dismiss this as some unfortunate coincidence?

    I happen to be a member of the Japanese-Canadian community so I can only speak for myself and people that I know. What I know is that we are taught by our parents not to shame our family, community and race by commiting illegal acts in somebody else’s home (EVEN if we were born & raised here, our parents constantly remind us that we are only one or two generations away from being immigrants). Of course, there are several exceptions where people of Japanese origin get involved in gangs, etc. But I can proudly say that although Chinese gangs, Hong Kong crime bosses and Vietnamese gangs are a prominent fixture in North America, the Yakuza aren’t. Even the Yakuza have the sense to not take a crap in someone’s elses territory and shame the Japanese community.

    You can deny facts all you want, but the fact still remains: Koreans are responsible for making history TWICE in the US for the deadliest shooting rampages. Still many more have made the news for murder-suicides and other shooting rampages. On top of that, many illegal Korean women are caught on a regular basis working as prostitutes in illegal brothels and “health spas”. There are also other Asian women, including Japanese that are caught in similar circumstances but Koreans are the most, by far. Call this racism, “japanese superiority” or whatever you want, but burying your head in the sand and placing blame on others won’t erase the obvious problem that the Korean community NEEDS to own and take responsibility for, in order to fix whatever is wrong.

  • #5 is a troll

    That has been banned from the San Francisco Gate forums and is looking for articles about the shooter to troll. His comments appeared yesterday, but have been removed from that site by the SFGate staff. This story gives him an opportunity to lord his “Japanese superiority” over Koreans. Koreans in general are raised to respect the community they are in whether IN Korea or OUTSIDE of Korea. But this troll is only interested in using this as opportunity to bash Koreans, so I will leave him with these links.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/6535131/Japans-Black-Widow-serial-killer-accused-of-killing-six-men.html

    http://coldbloodedkiller.tumblr.com/post/5824421540/futoshi-matsunaga-is-a-japanese-serial-killer-who

    http://www.redorbit.com/news/international/1436130/japanese_serial_killer_executed/

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20090628a8.html

    So many serial killers in Japan, what causes such a society to produce so many mass killers?

  • ScrewPoliticalCorrectness

    Although I was born & raised here in North America, my Japanese parents taught me to respect the country that took them in and to not give other Japanese immigrants a bad name. I see alot of my Japanese-American/Canadian friends having been raised in the same strict way. I believe this is a big factor that contributes to the rarity of Japanese names involved in violent crimes here in North America.

    I think Vietnamese and Chinese immigrants who are involved in illegal activities overseas have the excuse that they come from countries where many live in relative poverty. However, I believe that people from more developed nations such as Korea, Japan, Taiwan, etc. should be able to behave according to higher moral/ethical standards.

    Just in the last 5 years, there have been an astounding amount of violent shooting rampages that can be credited to people of Korean descent (not including the domestic murder-suicides involving family members). I can’t help but wonder what’s wrong with the way Koreans raise their children, especially considering how common Christianity is in their culture.

  • #1 is Just a Troll

    I don’t even think he’s Korean. Just looking to get a rise out of folks.

  • Responder 2

    “ignorant” and “ridiculously dumb” covers it pretty well.

  • Responder

    My goodness Gookish: I don’t there are any words in the dictionary that can describe how ignorant and ridiculously dumb you just sounded just now. I sincerely hope you are an uneducated 12 year old and not a grown up because if you are, just end your own life right now and I say that from the bottom of my heart. Do you really think we need people like yourself living amongst us? Im sure your life is just as relevant as the cookie crumb that’s sitting besides your computer monitor. Does one mentally troubled korean define every other korean in this country? Im sure you’re so stupid that you can’t even pronounce the country that your ancestors originated from, you dumbass immigrant. We are all immigrants to America. So please think twice before you call any pastor or community member a fob. Most importantly, just think, use your brain before you say ANYTHING.

    I would also like to give my condolences to the victims and their family members and anyone who was affected by this incident. Life has to go on. God loves us and may his will be done.

  • Gookish

    It always the damn Korean fobs! Why is it always the Korean fobs?!?! WTF! They are not real American-Koreans! So embarrassing.

    Also, why are they comparing American and Korean gun laws and using it as some sort of excuse? That’s just going to bring anti-Korean backlash. These fobby pastors and community members need to STFU.

    My condolences to the victim’s families.

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