Korean High School Students Pose For Hilarious “Anything Goes” Yearbook D Lee Culture, News Korean high school students may seem reserved due to the amount of studying they do, but given the chance they will show you their own unique personalities and styles. Each year Uijeongbu High School near Seoul offers seniors the opportunity to take their senior yearbook portraits any way they want. They may dress up in costumes, use props, or hold interesting poses. This year the seniors at Uijeongbu High School are trying to top the previous year with their unique and eccentric costumes and outfits, many of which highlight the past year’s latest trends or even timeless classics. The yearbook has yet to be released, but that didn’t stop students from posing for the camera anyway! Marge Simpson comes to life! Along with Marilyn Monroe and Agent K from The Men in Black! Animal costumes? Allowed. Alpaca eating a carrot? Cool. Baby “boy” on a tricycle along with Shin Soo-Ji’s famous kick pitch? No problem. I think we can all agree that Wi-Fi is important. Not to mention Spoon Man. Frozen’s Olaf comes to life! Along with his gangster buddies! Can’t forget the pitcher Ryu Hyun-Jin either! Suarez also seems to be hungry again. A Korean kisaeng, ghost, and doctor! Crayon Pop seems to have shown up, along with “Saw’s” Jigsaw and a lover of baguettes! Sarang from the hit Korean variety show “The Return of Superman” was seen that day eating a banana as well! Who could forget politician Go Seung-Duk’s famous apology to his daughter? (He lost the election anyway) Anime lovers rejoice! Famous characters from One Piece and Conan! Hats off to the Uijeongbu High School class of 2015! Comments Anika Malone says: November 2, 2014 at 7:48 am Koreans do love their racist blackface, don’t they? Sam Lim says: November 2, 2014 at 5:27 pm I’ll be the first to admit it, Koreans can be very racist, and I find that shameful. However, if you think about America, with its long tumultuous history with blacks—from slavery, lynching, Dredd Scott, Jim Crow laws, Plessy v. Ferguson, and so on—and the fact that 43% of Americans STILL think it’s OK to wear blackface (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/31/blackface-poll_n_4182928.html), you can’t really expect a country that only recently began having a foreign presence to have incorporated “blackface is wrong” into its cultural consciousness. Racism is direct by-product of ignorance, and Koreans are very ignorant when it comes to foreigners (especially blacks). There wasn’t much foreign presence until after the Korean War, and even now the population of foreigners is only 2% with a vast majority of those foreigners coming from other Asian countries. You also have to remember that Korea’s first major exposure to Western culture came after the war, with the U.S.’s military presence, and the Americans brought with them the cultural stereotypes of minorities from that era (this was pre-Civil Rights movement, and blackface was still “acceptable”). Racism is despicable, for sure, and I’m not at all trying to justify racism or blackface. I believe attitudes toward other races will slowly change in Korea as foreigners become a bigger part of the culture, and you can see evidence of that (when a bar in Itaewon banned “Africans” because of the ebola virus, it caused an outrage from not only expats but locals as well: http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140904001088). Not all Koreans are racist or ignorant, and I’m not just talking about Korean-Americans. I hate racism, and I assume you do as well… but making a blanket statement dismissing Koreans as racist is a little, well, racist, don’t you think? Anika Malone says: November 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm Oh look, one more person who spent an inordinate amount of words to justify the use of blackface in Korea. A quick look at my profile will show that I’ve annihilated all these sad excuses over the years. And no, pointing out that blackface is common in another county is not a systemic effort of disenfranchisement, prejudice and oppression. I’d suggest you look up the word ‘racism’, because you use it a lot and poorly. Sam Lim says: November 3, 2014 at 7:55 am I have no interest in looking at your profile. I know what structural racism is. You can feel free to usurp a language and make that the only definition of racism, but a vast majority of people would include interpersonal racism within the scope of the definition of racism as well. You’re in the minority there. If you really don’t understand how the phrase “Koreans do love their racist blackface, don’t they” is an example of (interpersonal) racism, feel free to fill in the blank with any kind of negative statement. “Black people do love their ___________, don’t they?” Even if the word is not inherently negative—say, “fried chicken”—it’s still a racist statement. Anika Malone says: November 4, 2014 at 3:13 am Welp, you tried. Hardly. Just the fact that these offensive blackface photos were included as “hilarious” without any thought, proves my point. Sam Lim says: November 4, 2014 at 7:16 am Well, I’m not going to deny those photos shouldn’t have been put up in the first place, but that doesn’t justify you being a bigot. Go troll somewhere else buddy.