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REACTION the tragedy, but that he fears the Song, who was a member of the conducted by a national Chinese
From page 1 incident will cast Koreans in a neg- University's chapter of the United American organization called The
ative light. Asian American Organization, said Committee of 100, Americans per-
in Asian Americans. "But to see "I live in Dubai, but somehow, manyAsianAmerican studentstold ceive Asians to be the minority
an Asian American face was even even there, we represent Korea," her they were worried about being group least discriminated against
more so. We hear so little about he said. persecuted on campus because of in the United States.
Asian Americans in the news to The day the shooting happened, Virginia Tech. The survey found that partici-
begin with." Hong's mother called him from "They are afraid anti-Asian pants often cast Asian Americans
Several Asian students said they Dubai to make sure he was handling American sentiment will arise, as the "model minority," but simul-
were stunned to find out the shoot- the news all right. She also worried understanding that the after storm taneously held negative biases
er was Asian. that Hong would be harassed. of 9/11 did affect Pacific Rim Asians toward them. They admired Asian
"My initial reaction - I was Hong said he didn't experience and Muslims," she said. Americans for their work ethic, yet
shocked and ashamed to be Asian," any harassment, but the concerns Both Hong and Song said they resented them for being power-
said LSA sophomore Jae Jun Hong, Hong's mother expressed over thought the media put unwarrant- hungry.
who is a South Korean internation- potential backlash toward Asians ed emphasis on Cho's ethnicity that "A lot of people feel relatively
al student from Dubai. "I wouldn't echo the fears of several members they feared the tragedy could dam- free to have both (attitudes)," Akut-
expect an Asian to do that." of the University's Asian commu- age people's perception of Asian su said. "But with something like
Hong said he doesn't think Asian nity. immigrants. this tragedy, people can easily turn
Americans should feel guilty about Recent University graduate C.C. According to a 2001 survey to their (negative) views."

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