update 4/3-10PM Han (cultural) I heard KIRO-FM Ron & Don show in Seattle (yeah, two white guys) notice that this college and VTech were both Koreans and one guy mentioned he heard about this value in Korean from Wikipedia that guys had this thing about oppression and injustice, so maybe this kind of thing isn’t exactly ok over there but might give some idea of a motivation. I never heard of this connection, and it’s not on Wikipedia (though now that it’s been mentioned, I suppose one of YOU folks could put it in using KIRO-FM as a footnote… 9:15)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Han is a concept in Korean culture attributed as a national cultural trait. Han denotes a collective feeling of oppression and isolation in the face of overwhelming odds. It connotes aspects of lament and unavenged injustice.
The minjung theologian Suh Nam-dong describes han as a “feeling of unresolved resentment against injustices suffered, a sense of helplessness because of the overwhelming odds against one, a feeling of acute pain in one’s guts and bowels, making the whole body writhe and squirm, and an obstinate urge to take revenge and to right the wrong—all these combined.”
From the Telegraph:
Wall Street Journal
America’s been shocked by yet another Angry Asian Man shooter who happens to be a Korean American at tiny Oikos University in Oakland. The entire school, which was founded by a Korean to teach nursing and Christian studies only served about 100 students Of the 35 who were in the building that day, 7 or 1 of 5 was killed. While the college was aimed at the Korean community, victims included international students from Nigeria, Nepal and the Phillipines.
It’s deadliest outburst of gun violence at a US school since theVirginia Tech massacrein whichSeung-Hui Chokilled 32 people in 2007, who was another loner who complained of mistreatment from his classmates. Other Koreans who made the news was James Jay Lee who used pistols and an explosive device to take hostage at the Discovery Channel headquarters (See Angry Asian Man Strikes Again)
This is what I wrote then about what looks like a disturbing pattern of Asian men, particularly Koreans “gunning” for the #2 spot in most over-represented mass shooters after the most obviously visible Islamist Palestinians and Arabs. I think every ethnic / religious group should be worried when members of their group commit atrocities rather than being apologists:
I didn’t mention the other “Angry Asian Men” who I think fit this unusual pattern since it seems we get about one Chinese or Korean going off on a mass shooting each year or so, even though Asians are still in the single-digit population percentage. The most famous was the Virginia Tech shootings of April 2007 by Korean-American Seung-Hui Cho. The massacre of 32 before killing himself was the deadliest peacetime shooting incident by a single gunman in the US by anybody. By comparison, Major Nidal Malik Hasan (technically of “Western Asian” descent) killed 13 at Fort Hood which everybody EXCEPT the Obama administration from the FBI to the Pentagon called the deadliest terrorist attack since 9/11. I suspect both Fort Hood and the Mumbai massacres were inspired as much by Cho in its methods as by radical Islam in motive.
On April 3 of 2009, Jiverly Antares Wong (evidently Chinese) killed fourteen people, including himself at a Binghamton New York immigration center. Just days later, 69 year old John Suchan Chong (sounds Chinese) attacked KoreanAm campers at the Kkottongnae Retreat Camp in Temecula about 85 miles from Los Angeles. He killed one woman before being bludgeoned himself by other campers. The once beloved handyman pled not guilty, explaining “he was unhappy with the other volunteers because he felt they treated him disrespectfully and did not do their fair share of work.” At least he doesn’t hate babies.
Now the federally funded National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (Start) at the University of Maryland has declared that the Discovery attack qualifies as terrorist act, and is the first case they’ve seen of what looks like an environmentally inspired suicide bomber in the world. Including Lee, that’s four Angry Asian Men right killing nearly 50 people in 3 years. That far exceeds the total of 13 at Fort Hood and 2 at the Little Rock recruiting station that have been even claimed by the radical Jihad.
Now that’s not even counting ANOTHER South-Korean from Virginia Tech. Yong Ki Kwon converted to Islam in 1997, and joined the “paintball jihad” of Ali Al-Timimi who was ultimately convicted of telling his recruits to travel to Pakistan join the Taliban just days after Sept. 11. By 2005, Kwon pled guilty of federal conspiracy and weapons charges and was serving an 11-year prison sentence.
There appears to be no way to remotely link this to the usual Islamist brand of terrorism, the motive the suspect One L. Goh mentioned to police is that he was upset over being asked to leave several months ago and hated students who taunted him for his terrible English. That’s pretty much the same story Seung-Hui Cho whose only complaints seemed to be to get back at those who made him an outcast. Still, Goh, Cho and Jame Jay Lee were all from Virginia, the same general area as the “9/11″ Dar Al-Hijrah mosque where Anwar al-Awlaki was hired to meet the Pentagon hijackers he had first met in San Diego and had met Nidal Hassan.
Still, I did some looking around and I am convinced that James Jay Lee must have been working with other people who gave him his signs and website. Not only was he also seen throwing piles of cash into the air which he must have got from somebody, but he was also seen with a sign protesting depleted uranium. That’s a favorite issue of pro-Arab groups and activists such as Leuren Moret, Chris Busby (both promoters Fukushima panic and conspiracy theories who also happen to be openly despise Israel while being supportive of Hezbollah’s “struggle for justice”). The DU issue is also promoted by the notorious American Free Press and American First Institute who are not only anti-Israel / pro-Islamist but promote neo-Nazis such as John de Nugent.
Another disturbing trail is that there is a fellow who posted tribute “hero” videos to James Jay Lee and Seung-Hui Cho across multiple youtube channels with names tied to various Asian American issues, who also posts or favorites videos which poke fun at fun of 9/11 victims or portray mujahideen blowing up US vehicles with IED bombs. Knowing that Kenneth “Why I Hate ***** People” Eng is the only Asian American (make that any American) who celebrated Cho as a hero, it would be a matter of futher concern if Eng was the man who was posting these videos.
The shooting happened at approximately 10:30 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time on Monday, April 2, 2012, when a gunman opened fire on the university’s campus, located at an industrial park area in East Oakland. The suspected gunman, 43-year-old One L. Goh, stood up in a nursing classroom while class was in session, ordered classmates to line up against the wall, and fired at them. The gunman was reported to have said “Get in line … I’m going to kill you all” before opening fire, according to a witness. Seven were reported dead, and three others injured. The attacker continued to fire shots as he fled the campus and hours later was apprehended by authorities at a Safeway supermarket in nearby Alameda, about five miles away from the scene of the shooting.
MIT electrical engineering computer science graduate has written conservative columns on politics, race / culture, science and education since the 70s in MIT The Tech and various publications in including New Republic and National Review.