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Sam Okyere opens up about the racism he faced in Korea + his nickname 'Black Hyung'

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Entertainer Sam Okyere shared about life in South Korea as a black man during the recording for the talk show 'As You Say'.


Sam Okyere first said, "The Korean word that I loved the most since I started learning Korean after coming to South Korea in 2009 was 'Woori' (meaning 'We'). But I wonder if 'woori' applies to someone like me of color."


He then opened up about the racism he faced, saying, "When I tell people that I'm from Africa, I get a lot of startling questions like, 'Do you grow a lion at your house?' I get it so often that now I just respond by saying that my father has two lions. That's how much Koreans are unknowledgeable about Black people and Africa."


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Another racist incident occurred inside a subway, says Sam. He explained, "I tried to sit in an empty seat and an ahjumma (middle-aged woman) took the seat, outrightly discriminating against me by saying, 'What is a black thing doing here in Korea? Go back to your country'. What hurt more was that the other Korean people just sat there and watched. It made me wonder if Koreans just watch foreigners without helping them in difficult situations." 


Sam Okyere also expressed discomfort at the common nickname he is called by. He said, "Often, people in Korea call me 'Black Hyung'. I want people to call me Okyere hyung comfortably, or Okyere dongsaeng, or just Okyere without referring to my skin color."




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    bigbangs_hoe 30 days ago

    i apologize on behalf of my annoying race even tho u will prolly will never see this

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    xoxo_shawol94 bigbangs_hoe 27 days ago

    saw you~

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    bapeal Sunday, January 8, 2017

    A lot of people are missing the point. Yes anti-black, racism, and discrimination is global but he is talking specifically about his experiences in Korea and just how ignorant Koreans are about black people and Africa due to the lack of education. He is stating that he hopes he will be treated like a human being and that people will stop basing their actions towards him on the color of his skin.

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    bapeal Sunday, January 8, 2017

    He also is just pointing out that he's observed the bystander effect and wonders if it was just his incident or if it tends to apply to all foreigners.

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    xoxo_shawol94 Sunday, January 8, 2017

    In korea, money rules all. even if yr black but rich as hell people will bow down to you thats just how plastic it is in korea, sure its changing but still not enough effort is put in. But still every country has shit, this is korea's shit my country has its own political shit ^^

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    Lizette_ostojic Saturday, January 7, 2017

    To start with, Korea needs to teach at schools, how rude and disrespectful is to do that. Ethics, equality, and morals. Let's start educating them.

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    pinkrody Friday, January 6, 2017

    It's not like people just sit there and watch a foreigner get treatment like this, I think it's probably those who were around are all younger than that middle age woman..... you know in Korean they have this age thing....

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    Rue_Y Thursday, January 5, 2017

    I have seen children of fair skin throw stones and sticks at an asian child because he was not "opening his eyes" There are countless videos on youtube of incidents all around the world similar to this one where a person throws unjustified insults at another because of the difference in ethnicity. Believe it or not, every single country around the world is like that, not just in SK.

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    MsArchetype Thursday, January 5, 2017

    Mm....he fine as heck♥♥♥

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    DC_SK_KPKD_C Thursday, January 5, 2017

    Awww, the pictures that Yunho of TVXQ took in Ghana, didn't give a better explanation either. I think Koreans need to be educated about present Africa(Ghana). its a shame, I'm Ghanaian and I really like S. Koreans and S. Korea. Sam is really handsome though.Fighting!!!!!!

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    Endlessly Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    An article about Sam... I had to comment. What a nice picture too !! What he's accomplishing there is absolutely amazing, he sure had suffered a lot. Unfortunately, ignorance is everywhere but deliberately insulting someone because that person is from another culture is worst than ignorance. Let's just say there is a thing called karma. Cultural differences is a what makes this planet interesting. We are all the same in different ways. I am mad when I read stories like this....they are crazy people everywhereWish you the best of the best, never let their words put you down and keep showing that great smile of yours. Let your sun shine !! #Ghana

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    prettychristinna Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Just imagine a white man in Africa. Is the same thing

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    shineesylvia prettychristinna Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    Honestly I dont think it is the same because the Europeans have colonized Africa so the Africans have probably been around white people for a while....but again its just what I think

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    Rock30815 prettychristinna Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    "That's how much Koreans are unknowledgeable about Black people and Africa." ... I think we can add you to the people he's talking about. Clearly you've never heard of a little country called South Africa.

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    SeoHaee_Exo prettychristinna Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    No it's not the same I am from Africa actually I am from Ghana the same country as Sam and we aren't really racist to white or any colour person in Ghana. Instead in Ghana they tend to be really fascinated with them they will ask you questions about where you came from then get to know you. Then they will eventually become friends with you

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    cjh_forever prettychristinna Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    um. white people live in Africa. try again.

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    kellykii prettychristinna Thursday, January 5, 2017

    i was born and raised in south africa and never personally experienced racism towards me, it does happen (both ways) doesnt mean its ok for it to happen in korea

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    lovelyArmy24 prettychristinna Saturday, January 7, 2017

    Actually, it's not. The white people in Africa actually get paid more than Black people. This is why hunger is more prominent in Africa because all the money only goes to the portion of the people instead of all.

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