My son who is bi-racial and who proclaims himself as a "black Korean" was explaining to his friends why he identifies himself as such.

It has some powerful positive influences too such as goal orientation to the extreme, creativity in music, dramas and movies, powerful "groupthink," extreme optimism, independent streak, national pride/patriotism, strong family and community bonds, etc.

Koreans are who they are, but their negatives should be balanced out by their positives in how media and other Asians think and portray them.

True, Koreans have created a vicious and warped government like North Korea, but other Koreans have created electronics, car and ship building companies better than what the Japanese currently have and what the Chinese do not yet have despite having but a fraction of the populations of what what these aforementioned nations posses.thank you for this.

She previously served as Hyphen's blog coeditor with erin Khue Ninh, film editor, and blog columnist.

She writes about gender, race, class and privilege in pop culture and media (fun fun fun! Her work has also appeared on Racialicious and Salon. One thing that many other Korean Americans do not appreciate or fully understand about "han" are the unique historical reasonings for it.

Korea, as a smaller country surrounded by larger nations, has had to survive invasions from each in various times in its history.

Sometimes the only way to survive massive invasions from huge armies were to offer an insane amount of resistance behind walled fortresses or in irregular guerrilla groups that Koreans called "Righteous Armies." China too also suffered massive invasions from a variety of Northern Barbarian groups throughout its history from the likes of the Mongols, Jurchens and Manchus. China, with its much larger population and land mass, could easily absorb these groups without losing their national character.

China could afford to be invaded, conquered and then, over time, civilize the invaders and turn them into Chinese simply by the fact that they heavily outnumbered their would be conquerors.

This is why today Manchuria and Outer Mongolia is Chinese territory. The point is that the Chinese developed a more accommodating "beta" culture of turning whatever is around them into "Chinese" by having a less aggressive national character.