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  • “No Foreigners” signs in South Korea, too

    Posted by Dr. ARUDOU, Debito on December 14th, 2006

    Hello Blog. Fascinating blog from a South Korean perspective of “Japanese Only”… er… “Koreans Only” signs up on the Chousen Hantou.
    (Thanks to Chris for notifying me.)

    They link back to, so returning the favor.

    I’m not going to make a habit of bringing in racism in other countries, however relevant, because it fosters arguments of “see, it’s everywhere, so fugeddaboudit”. But I have long gotten the feeling that South Korea (during my many trips there) is kinda like Japan, just in another dimension. And it’s fascinating to see the parallels to Japan that this blog provides from the perspective of people in Korea.

    This blog in particular has a higher level of discussion anyway than most I see in Japan. Must be the kimchi. Have a look. Debito in Sapporo

    One Response to ““No Foreigners” signs in South Korea, too”

    1. debito Says:

      Response from the author of this article:

      No Foreigners Here
      (Beijing Review, VOL.49 NO.50 DEC.14, 2006)
      By Tom Carter

      Anyone who has spent time in the People’s Republic of China is obviously aware of the sheer number of hotels and sundry boardinghouses located in even the smallest city.

      What patronizing Western travelers frequently encounter at the front desk, however, is a sudden expulsion by the proprietor conveying in Chinese that NO FOREIGNERS ARE ALLOWED!

      What would compel a vacant guesthouse to turn away a paying guest into the night?

      The answer is found in a longstanding police statute that prohibits the majority of these establishments from accepting non-Chinese guests or risk the penalty of a fine; only guests with Chinese identification may patron an independently run boardinghouse, called luguan.

      Considering no Westerner could meet such a requirement, what this restrictive policy translates into is a concerted effort to urge foreign travelers to stay at more expensive, government-designated hotels.

      Rest at

      FYI. Debito

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