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Sam Okyere shares reactions he received after opening up about racism in Korea

By yckim124   Friday, January 6, 2017   101,751   4,427   138



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On the recent episode of 'As You Say', entertainer Sam Okyere opened up about his experience with racism in South Korea. His story made headlines after the broadcast, leading to deep discussions about racism in Korean society. 

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In an interview with OSEN on January 6, Sam shared the reactions he received after the show. He said, "I was contacted by many of my friends. After the recording, I flew over to Ghana and just came back yesterday so I didn't know. I heard that the broadcast went viral. I was contacted by my international friends, especially black friends. They thanked me and said that they're thankful that I talked about it. Some people worried for me asking if I'll be able to continue talking about such sensitive topic and if Korean people would hate me for it."

Fortunately, netizens' reactions were the opposite of hate. Many actually insisted on reflecting on their actions after listening to his story. To such reactions, Sam commented, "I'm proud. The reason I started going on the broadcast was because I wanted to bring forth such changes. I believe that I've brought the changes I desired to a certain degree. I'm happy that the reactions are positive, and I think that's how much Koreans have changed. I'm thankful to the Korean people. I built a school in Ghana last year, and over 5,000 Koreans gave donations. If they didn't like me then there wouldn't be such support, but they encouraged me on. I'm really thankful."

Sam was also asked if he still experiences racism in Korea, and he responded, "I don't get discriminated nowadays. I've also researched my friends, and they all said that it has become a lot better. It made me happy. There aren't many friends who are having nonsensical experiences or discrimination. Every time I hear that it makes me feel like that it's improving bit by bit."

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mind_blown Saturday, January 7, 2017

Good to hear!

iisstf28 Saturday, January 7, 2017

I'm really happy about this!! I genuinely want to believe that most of this things happened, not because peoples are bad, but because we are ignorant. We need to know and understand each other to be able to live in a better world with less discrimination. I'm so happy that he talked about this, because many people were able to reflect on their actions and become more kind and understanding, making life easier to a lot of people!

BigBlueagain Saturday, January 7, 2017

I like hearing things like this. He informed, they listened, things are changing. Are they doing so fast enough? Never does. But evidently, at least in his case, they ARE changing.

neoncolors_0 Saturday, January 7, 2017

Racism is worse in Korea than in Japan or China. Eatyourkimchi (youtubers) touches upon this issue as they've now become eatyoursushi. As a mixed person with asian blood (not korean), the one restraint my parents have on dating is no to korean guys. Very traditional familial values and traditions, women are condemned, and racial minorities are isolated. Korean dramas don't capture THIS side of korean culture - which is why alot of people move to korea with sky-high expectations only to be disappointed by reality.

Haru_ki Saturday, January 7, 2017

Ugh, why can't he tell his experience in Korea? People here dislike everything, just leave him alone. Friday, January 6, 2017

Korea as a country grew up so fast that the people weren't able to catch up. Post war, Korea is only like 60 years old. You have to grow up with them to feel like they're not that different.

johwa Friday, January 6, 2017

if he weren't a "celebrity" bet it would still continue...

BigBlueagain johwa Saturday, January 7, 2017

That's the point. Because he is a celebrity, it's in the spotlight. This isn't something they can just dismiss, it had to be dealt with.

LauraDragon Friday, January 6, 2017

That's really great, there's still hope hope for the world I guess :')

lauren540cj Friday, January 6, 2017

soo many people in the comment section are soo nice and supporting but some people are just being complete assholes!!!sorry to break it up to them but seriously its fkn 2017... wake up from your little bubble u have been living in ur entire fkn lifethe fact that people still are racist is pathetic and disguisting!!

That_Kpop_Fan Friday, January 6, 2017

This gives me hope when I wanna visit South Korea or go there for college

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