Looking at the annual "Gaijin (or whatever the Korean for it is), slag off the Japanese, win a cash prize" competition, I happened to notice in the sidebar an article entitled "‘Koreans are not racist’", but I hope I don’t sound like the apologising interviewee… It features some interesting comments like:
Koreans can be close-minded to issues of race and culture, but they know it and they want to learn
Racism is usually based on hate — Korea is nothing like that
Japan doesn’t count, obviously.
However, the comment I found the most interesting was this:
Despite his work with multicultural schools such as the Amerasian Christian Academy in Dongducheon, Gyeonggi Province, Yang believes segregated education is not a long-term solution.
What? Are Korean "multicultural" schools different from what we know in Japan as international schools? Indeed, looking at the Amerasian Christian Academy’s enrollment page it says:
Students wanting to enroll at ACA must be an international student (one or both parents must be a foreigner).
Is this common in Korea? Do such restrictions exist in Japan? I thought they welcomed anyone with a fat-enough wallet?