Title : This Is Your Shelter
Author : Hotaeg Lee, Myungsook Cho
Book Review :
June 20th is the World Refugee Day. Refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war or violence. Refugee has a well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. Due to the fears they face, they do not want to return to their home or are afraid to be protected by their home state. About a year ago, as Yemeni refugees came to Jeju island seeking for asylum, ‘refugee’ is no longer a story of some neighboring country, but a story of ours. Even though a year has passed since the crisis, they still are strangers to us and the glass ceiling exists.
The book ‘This Is Your Shelter’ explains the basic concept of refugee and why people flee their homes, as well as includes vivid stories on refugees in Korea. The stories are depicted in their point of view, rather than ours, which is very unique and distinctive. Through this, the author emphasizes that there will be no problems taking place as we ‘thought’ or ‘imagined’ by correcting the misconceptions existing in the Korean society.
Refugees, as human beings, are no different than us. Hence, their basic rights such as right to life should be kept, but unfortunately their rights are violated due to the prevalent prejudices and bias toward them. So, it is crucial to change the perspective that people have and in that part, I believe this book can help us to correct misinformation that we have. Also we will be able to understand them better which can lead to endeavors and actions trying to embrace them in our community, by knowing their story deep down and sympathizing with them.
Title: Get Out (2017)
Director: Jordan Peele
This movie was popular with Koreans for a while. Since there were so many reviews like “I’m Scared”, I had only thought of movies as horror thrillers genre. But after watching the movie, I was more interested in the contents rather than genre.
The movie ‘Get Out’ starts from the point when an black man, ‘Chris,’ is invited to his white girlfriend, Rose’s house. Rose truly loved Chris, but her family members turned out to be demons and extreme racists who kidnap black people and do terrible things. They believed that the intelligence that white people have and with the body of black people have would make the best human beings, so they have long continued bizarre experiments that mixes brains of the two respectively, on black bodies. This, after all, was controlled by white people, both physically and mentally.
We need to pay attention to the content and background of the movie. The settings of the movie were not exactly specified, but based on clothes and background of the main characters, it can be said that it is a modern era. This suggests that racial discrimination against black people is less severe than it used to be, but prejudice against them still persists. Also, the movie shows the racist behavior does not take place only at Rose’s house but also elsewhere. I could get a glimpse of their lives from trivial routines, such as the main character’s behavior unconsciously conscious of white people or raising his hand right when seeing the police without any wrongdoing.
Racism is already an international issue that has long gone beyond the social problems we know. As such, everyone knows racism must be fixed, but ironically, the problem still continues to arise. Korean is becoming a multiracial nation but I am not sure we are responding well to these changes. Because there are still discriminations and prejudices against other races throughout our society. So I think it’s time for our society to be more active in its agony to create a society free from prejudice and discrimination. First of all, how about thinking about the prejudices that I had unconsciously?
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