I had 2 great experiences and these experiences made me think that Zainichi Koreans or any other Koreans are the same as we(Japanese) are. However, as we watched movies (Pacchigi and Go), there are still people who discriminate Zainichi Koreans in Japan. But, in this cultural activity(below) we did in a school, Japanese can make friends with them and we can have better understand about them so I hope that many schools do some kinds of activity.
First, I went to an elementary school that is next to “Kongougakuenn”. “kongougakuen” is a school that only Zainichi Koreans and other Korean go to and we had many chances to talk to them and do a lot of activity. We did Korean culture together such as ”Kyusyougatu”(Korean New Year). In Korea, there are another new year celebration time. Like this, Japanese and Koreans go together and hang out.
Second, in a junior high school, some friends belonged to a club that people talk about their mothers or fathers and do Korean culture. They don’t keep secrets. Also, in a school, Japanese didn’t discriminate those Korean people and Koreans are very proud of their father and mother. In the movie, Japanese hate and discriminate them. However, in my school, it doesn’t happen. I know that some people still hate Korean or Chinese people in Japan, but there are many human and we shouldn’t decide where they are born.
Finally, When people discriminate or speak ill of them, they just don’t have better understanding about others. Therefore, as I experienced above, we need to communicate and hang out together at the early stage of your life. Sometimes people say that learning culture or languages and hang out them is not really important, but doing these things in your elementary school or junior high school gives a lot of effect in your life especially when they are young. If you have those friends (even if they are not Zainichi Koreans such as dark-skinned people or other), you cannot do stupid things.
Japanese who don’ t well understand foreigners hurt them badly as we see the lecture slides. For example, they don’t throw ocha or natto away. I really hope that Japanese don’ t do things like that in the future.