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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Asian students not worried about backlash

Several members of OSU’s Asian community said that they haven’t experienced anything negative following the Virginia Tech shootings.

However, of the 411 Asian students at OSU, Catherine Vijayakumar, the coordinator of programs for the Multicultural Student Center, said she has spoken with several of them and they told her they haven’t had any issues.

“I’ve been talking to a lot of students and none of them have experienced anything negative,” said Vijayakumar, who is also the adviser of the Asian-American Student Association.

“They’ve all said it has nothing to do with race.”

Junghyun Suh, an architecture junior from South Korea and the president of the Korean Student Association, is one of these students.

“I haven’t experienced anything rude or negative at OSU, but I’ve heard that some big cities like New York and Los Angeles have had problems,” he said.

Suh said in Korea many of the citizens felt people would think Korea did something wrong to the U.S. and the U.S. would reciprocate.

Another Korean student, Hwibum Cho, who said that “Cho” is a popular surname in Korea, also said he hasn’t had any negative experiences, but said he did hear of one in New York.

“I heard a guy went into a restaurant in New York and was asked to leave because he is South Korean,” he said. [Link]

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