Southeast Asians feel discriminated in South Korea
So goes the title of the Korea Times article… here’s an excerpt:
Michel Catuira from the Philippines lives in Korea but experienced difficulty in finding a place to stay, as many Korean house owners didn’t want to rent to him, telling realtors that they only wanted Korean or Caucasian tenants.
“I went to rent a cheap, small studio with my friend in Seodaemun-gu, Seoul. The owner showed us a room and asked us who it was for,” Catuira said. “When I said me, he refused to rent the room. If it had been my Korean-American friend, he would have rented the room easily.”
Catuira, the president of the Migrant Trade Union, said discrimination here against people from Southeast Asia is everywhere, from taking a taxi to renting a house and landing a job.
This episode is part of discrimination many people from Southeast Asia commonly experience in Korea. Many living in Seoul face pointing, negligence and contemptuous language, a report released by the Seoul Development Institute, a unit of Seoul Metropolitan Government, noted.
The full article is here: Southeast Asians feel discriminated in South Korea
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