[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Article failed to tell broad expat story

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[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Article failed to tell broad expat story

Daniela SantaMaria's July 10th feature "Why Are You Here?" aims to present us with the three "certain common types" of expats here in South Korea: American soldiers, English teachers and young professionals. As case studies, she gives us an American, a Canadian and a Frenchman --?ll Westerners, in other words.

A simple look at statistics reveals that working-class migrants, most of them from Southeast Asia, comprise by far the majority of expats here. How could this crucial fact have been overlooked? I have often thought that your paper has a bias toward frivolous, yuppie lifestyle stories; Ms. SantaMaria's article is only a more glaring example of this tendency, with all of its subtly racist and classist undertones. Of course, most migrant workers here probably cannot afford the IHT-JAI's 1,300 won cover price, so I guess there is no need to worry about them complaining.

Well, I for one am definitely complaining.

by J. Scott Burgeson

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