Here’s an excerpt from a story that came out today in The Capital Times today, written by yours truly:
Fearing a backlash in the wake of the Virginia Tech shootings, Korean students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are retreating from their normal campus lives.
Some Korean freshmen in student housing here have, for example, taken down their name tags from their dormitory doors out of fear of racially charged retaliation, according to Chai Sun Chang, president of UW-Madison’s Korean-American Student Association.
While Chang feels such fears are unfounded, he says that the worries of his peers are getting to him.
“Such an incident happens, and they’re scared that they might be treated like Middle Easterners after 9/11,” Chang said of his friends who are Korean students. “They’ve seen the past experiences, and it’s part guilt and part fear, I think, that they might not be accepted as before.” [...]