kopino, kophino, 코피노
The issues of Korean-Filipinos in the Philippines or conveniently 코피노 kopino (kophino) is one of the top search terms in Daum this morning. I remember watching a documentary several months ago on KBS about it. The children were abandoned by their Korean fathers who went to the Philippines as tourists or students. They are being raised by single mothers who are mired in poverty. Sadly, they don’t get a lot of support from both the Korean and Philippine governments. Since they are not acknowledged by their Korean fathers, they are not entitled to acquire Korean citizenship AFAIK.
As posted earlier, some Korean men travel to the Philippines for sex tourism. Why do Korean men have to travel that far for sex? Prostitution is illegal in both countries but it still exists. The Korean government made it more difficult for Korean men to pay for sex when it initiated a crack down on prostitution dens and massage parlors a few years ago. I remember Korean prostitutes protesting in front of the National Assembly because of this three or four years ago?
Not all the children are products of prostitution. In the television program that I saw, a few of the women interviewed had relationships with Korean men who left them when the men learned that their pregnant. Cowards!
A few years back, “korekorea” was also an issue.