V Tech Shootings : Asians should be wary of revenge attacks?

Singapore
April 21, 2007 6:56pm CST
Some people say that since the gunman was an Asian in the recent V Tech shooting, Asians should be wary of safety because they might be targetted in some revenge attacks. This had happened after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in which people actually physically assulted others who looked like Middle eastern folks or Muslims. What about in this case? Should Asians also be taking extra precautions just in case they are physically assulted by some folks who are out for revenge? Please share your stories. Thanks.
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@tater03 (1765)
• United States
22 Apr 07
It's sad to say but I am sure someone, somewhere that has no brain to speak of would do something like this. I sure hope not because that way of thinking does noone any good.
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@gabesmom (1246)
• United States
22 Apr 07
Yes, I think there would be hate crimes against Asians as a result of the Virginia Tech massacre. That's just the way the world goes. Everyone should be vigilant anyway, there are too many mentally ill people out there and even more ignorant individuals. Anyone can be targeted based on one's gender, race, or religion. There are groups that are just waiting for an opportunity like this to carry on their mission of propagating hate.
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@tigertang (1750)
• Singapore
22 Apr 07
I don't doubt that there will be a rise in some hostility towards Asians after the Virginia Tech massacre. You will, unfortunately get a bunch of punks who think they should take the law into their own hands. This is, sad to say, a truism of just about any other country you go to. The best that the Asian community can do is to do what they've always done - quietly go about their own business and if they're attacked, defend themselves. However, I don't think the geopolitics of Asia-Pacific reaches the fever pitch of the Middle East. North Korea does not try to grand stand on the world stage like Iraq/Iran and Kim Il Jong, for all his faults has not become the pop-up villain that Saddam used to be. As such, I doubt people will work on drumming up the 'Anti-Asian' feelings that were similar to the 'anti-semitic' feelings that were drummed up against Arabs or anyone who looked vaguely Middle Eastern. South Korea was also quick to offer its appologies that one of its citizens could have been involved in such a henious act and I think on the whole, US-Asian relations will remain pretty good
• United States
22 Apr 07
I have heard that South koreans are afraid and I think it's ridiculous.What cho did,he did alone and no one should hold the South Koreans responsible. I don't think anyone who would attack South Koreans really care about the victems,I think they would just use that as an excuse.
• United States
22 Apr 07
I don't see Asians as a threat and I think many other people probably won't blame Asians for this incident, I believe that any race or gender can commit such a crime so race isn't really a factor to me.
• United States
22 Apr 07
The gunman was Asian? I didn't know that and I still dont care, what he did was wrong and only he should be punished. Some stupid americans might go after revenge on asians, so I gues it would be fair to say that Asians should take karate lessons or self defense classes in order to be aware of how to protect themselves if some thing does go down. After the sniper shootings by those black father and son (i forgot their names), I would hope that no body would assume that I (a black person) am in that mindset or are plannning or involved in such an act. Prejudice sucks.
• Japan
22 Apr 07
Cho was a mental case. He shot an Asian student along with the others. It was random. Anyone who would attack Asians because of what one guy with a mental illness did, is in need of help also. 9/11 was an act of terrorism.What cho did was random.He was completely delusional.Race had nothing to do with this attack.Cho was simply out of his mind.
@eyewitness (1577)
• Netherlands
22 Apr 07
This had nothing to do with terroristic things.It also could have been an american citizen like the times before. So why revenging asian people if the cause might be in america self.It's easy to point the finger to someone else but don't forget you put three fingers back at yourself.It is ridiculous to attack a country who has nothing to do with it.America ket that guy in right?He lived in america for how many years?So try to blame someone else and keep in mind that it also could've been an american.
@kemokemo (14)
• Egypt
22 Apr 07
Some people say that since the gunman was an Asian in the recent V Tech shooting, Asians should be wary of safety because they might be targetted in some revenge attacks. This had happened after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in which people actually physically assulted others who looked like Middle eastern folks or Muslims. What about in this case? Should Asians also be taking extra precautions just in case they are physically assulted by some folks who are out for revenge? Please share your stories. Thanks. nvm
@jhoanee (598)
• Philippines
22 Apr 07
for me we should not think of americans taking revenge on asians for what happen in virginia tech. i dont think they will blame all asian people for just a crime committed by one asia person. for sure they want justice but not the the extent on somebody who havent done anything bad or wrong.
@Zelmarq (11503)
• Cebu City, Philippines
22 Apr 07
I dont think we could think of things like these Instead we should pray that things like this will not happen again. We should not think ill of many unpleasant events.
@kurtbiewald (2628)
• United States
22 Apr 07
it could have been someone of any ethnicity if he was English, would they say watch out for them English folks? same thing
@gemini1960 (1162)
• Philippines
22 Apr 07
i dont know but it is a remote idea, but preventions is better, so that as asians living in the US must be wary of the outcome, since some antiracist people may take an advantage on the sitution.