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  • Pragya

    December 19, 2015

    I disagreed stgonrly with this idea initially, much as I disagreed with the idea of an “Afrocentric” school in Toronto, but unlike the latter, there is a very pressing need for the former. Black students in Toronto do have significant issues that other schools might not address, but the situation for them is not as dire as it is for mixed-race or non-Korean children in Korea. Simply attending school is a significant challenge for such students.Of course, I would rather see the administration, teachers and students at mainstream schools become more accommodating of those who are different, but how long will that take? Three years? Five years? What about the education of these disadvantaged children in the meantime?I can accept this school and even other schools like it, but not the prevalence of the movement behind it. Korea’s approach to these newcomers and the presence of diversity is often to create a separate, parallel society, but that’s a step to failure. It’s like learning about Korean cinema by watching subtitles. At some point, these children will have to succeed in Korean society, whether that means attending a mainstream high school or getting a regular office job. Such schools might be a step towards that goal, but an exclusionary policy on the whole will lead to a generation of students lacking education and subsequent career prospects.

  • Hyacinth

    November 17, 2020

    Dear Alana,

    I found your audio book a comfort and also at points engulfed with despair at the sheer gravity of the race topic, yet I am optimistic. Rodney Gardiner was a brilliant collaboration choice. It works on so many levels. Subtly and of course intellectually, emotionally and even spiritually. I am indeed grateful to you for this thorough work that provides much of the answers I have been looking for my entire life in Europe of (internationally) mixed heritage. I have not yet managed to get my hands on a printed copy, but I will continue to try.

    Keep up the great work. May you and Mr. Gardiner both go from strength to strength.

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