Over two years ago, on April 24, 2006, I posted a blog entry on "The Very First Half-Korean," in which I noted some of the prejudice encountered here in Korea by my children -- who are half-Korean from their mother's side and various mixed-other-ethnicities-adding-up-to-half from my side.
In that same post, I noted that Koreans generally place great emphasis upon their being a "pure-blooded race" despite the irony of the very first Korean having reputedly been half-divine and half-bear-woman, and I asked, "So . . . what's the big deal about Korean purity of blood, anyway?"
That was, more or less, a rhetorical question, but an anonymous gentleman from Australia bothered himself to answer it:
Korea should remain pure blood, mixed race civilization all perish in the past.I say 'gentleman' from Australia, but I suppose that the one posting the comment could have been a 'lady' from Australia . . . and possibly not a native speaker of English, given the errors. Anyway, I replied:
Germans, Japanese and now Koreans; all have one common thing, the pure bred. It's priceless.
Anonymous, if "pureblood" Koreans don't want to perish, they'd better start reproducing again. Currently, the birthrate is too low for replacement.I could have added that such is also true of the 'pureblood' Germans and the 'pureblood' Japanese, who are both currently failing to reproduce at replacement rates and are therefore fated to perish from the earth. Meanwhile, the mixed-blood Americans are reproducing at a rate slightly above replacement.
Anyway, comments are welcome, but let's all be polite.