national pastime

national pastime

Korean national pastime "Flag ripping"

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Tens of thousands of Koreans are ripping the huge stars and stripes. Foreigners fear for safety in South Korea Written by Conor Purcell Thursday, 17 March 2005 The US embassy warns American citizens to stay away from certain parts of the capital Seoul as a homegrown campaign urges foreigners to leave...Demonstrations against foreigners are planned and an online petition to keep foreigners out of the Republic of Korea has already received thousands of signatures. Many foreigners are worried, some have already left. And all this because of a website? The site in question was ostensibly set up to help Western English teachers find jobs. Featured on the site was a forum dedicated to Seoul's social life. The forum also organised parties where Westerners and local girls drank, danced and flirted. Koreans got wind of the site, hacked it, and brought it down. Many thought nothing of it. However in the last few weeks, things have quickly escalated. A local Yahoo-style portal named Daum set up a petition to rid South Korea of 'low-grade Westerners'. Demonstrations are planned and activists are encouraged to confront Western men who are seen with Korean women. Many foreigners are becoming increasingly worried. Some have already left. The US embassy in Korea has issued a warning urging US citizens to avoid visiting certain parts of Seoul due to fears of reprisals. South Korea is in danger of becoming the most xenophobic and reactionary society in democratic Asia