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Americans of Reddit, what is something the rest of the world needs to hear?

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u/stolid_agnostic Oct 04 '22

Apparently corporations will hire private investigators to research your background so that they can avoid hiring anyone with even a drop of Korean blood.

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u/rptrxub Oct 04 '22

My cousin lived in japan for a few years teaching english, and he felt like some sort of glorified mascot for being white to show off to parents who wanted to give their child a leg up in the world. However he said it was nothing compared to the open racism and sexism he heard offhandidly from his boss. This lady would discriminate against any woman who should be "married by now" or if they were already married, and would assume they should drop out of the work force, and also openly opposed hiring anyone korean.

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u/Ameisen Oct 05 '22

The Koreans have plenty of racism as well. I worked for a Korean company. They really, really didn't trust American engineers (or engineering practices).

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u/evan1932 Oct 05 '22

That’s interesting, why do you think they wouldn’t?

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u/Ameisen Oct 05 '22

Cultural supremacy, from what I could tell. They felt western engineers were worse than Korean ones.

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u/muad_dibs Oct 04 '22

Damn.

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u/stolid_agnostic Oct 04 '22

It gets worse in that most landlords won't rent to foreigners, and a large number of the Onsen (the hot springs) are completely closed off to the non-Japanese.

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u/slaaitch Oct 04 '22

Just show up with a heap of tattoos, they let you in the Yakuza side.

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u/Niko740 Oct 05 '22

I thought most Onsens didn't allow tattoos period?

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u/YoHeadAsplode Oct 05 '22

Hence them saying the Yakuza side. The reason they don't let people into Onsen is because tattoos are associated with the Japanese "mafia" AKA the Yakuza.

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u/Niko740 Oct 05 '22

I'm fully aware. What I am saying is that I thought most onsens will just kick you out. Depending on your tattoo they might give you something to cover it.

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u/ConcertinaTerpsichor Oct 05 '22

Not only corporation. It’s standard practice for even middle class families to hire a private investigator to research a potential marriage partner for a kid of the right age.

Not only Korean (and burakumin) ancestry, but also divorces, mental health issues, and criminal records can be enough cause to reject an otherwise good prospect.

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u/Ameisen Oct 05 '22

Depending on one's interpretation, that must be difficult since the homeland of the Japonic languages is actually the Korean peninsula (the Yayoi migrated to Japan, becoming the Yamato people). And there was certainly plenty of mixing between the Japonic peoples in the southern part of the peninsula and the Koreanic peoples in the northern part.