The Korean angle on the Virginia massacre

Americans have surprised Korea with their compassion and understanding, said Seoul’s Dong-A Ilbo in an editorial. When news broke last week that the Virginia Tech killer was the South Korean­born Seung-Hui Cho, many of us braced for a backlash against Korean-Americans. We feared for the safety of the 2 million Koreans living in the U.S. and of the 100,000 studying there. We even thought that Korea and America’s “bilateral relations could be strained.”

The Korean ambassador to the U.S. offered to go on a 32-day fast for Cho’s 32 victims, and the government suggested sending an official delegation to take part in the mourning. But the U.S. government insisted that the crime was a purely domestic matter, not an international incident.