Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Reporters on the Job

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* Shame in Korea: Reporter Soyoung Ho went to three different areas of Seoul, South Korea, interviewing people about the shooting at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg (see story). She was surprised by how willing people were to talk, and the similarity of their comments. "People went on and on. Normally, Koreans won't stop and talk to you in the street. They all said No. 1, how embarrassing it is that he's Korean. This is the top story here," she says.

Koreans live in one of the most Internet-connected nations in the world. Two-thirds of South Korean homes have a broadband connection (compared to 45 percent in the US). "Lots of Korean 'netizens' were talking about this [online]. They say its the fault of his parents that he did this. They say the parents didn't raise their children right. There's even a rumor that the parents of the guy [suspected shooter Cho Seung-Hui] have committed suicide. This may be because a few years ago a Korean soldier shot some people, and his mother's shame was so great that she killed herself. …

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