Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Wikipedia has best dirt on Cho_Seung-hui

This just popped out, it’s amazing .



If you could choose to be any immigrant living anywhere or be any immigrant family, you could do much worse than the family of Cho Seung-hui. While most parents work for a wage, Seung-Hui's parents (who evidently are still missing from press reports) owned their own business, with dry cleaning being very typical for Koreans. Of all the American racial groups, Asians, and northeast Asians in particular along with the Chinese and Japanese have the most education, highest rates of 2 parent families, highest household incomes, longest life expectancy, and lowest rates of crime. This young man had 2 Christian parents (also typical of Koreans), lived in Fairfax County, the most affluent in the state, and went to one of the most respected high schools, mostly white with 16 percent Asians. His sister went to Princeton, a top-tier private university, and he attended one of the largest and best respected state universities. As a 1.5 generation immigrant, he would have had ample time to assimilate the language and culture unlike the parents who spoke little english. At least families who live with more modest means and accomplishments who are continually declared to be failures by blue ribbon commission who declare America and its students are going to hell in a handbasket because they lack skills, education, and economic base for the 21st century can be grateful they don't have a child who made headlines like this one.

More facts: His family was christian (as are most Korean Ams) his mother wanted him to embrace church, and this was a point of contention - NPR

They're looking for a possible accomplice who knew the first girl victim

They haven't found his parents yet. Mom asked roommate to help out her son, but he would always refuse.

3 of 4 spree killings noted on Wikipedia were committed by Koreans or Japanese:

Tsuyama massacre (Japan, 1938) - Mutsuo Toi, using an old Japanese rifle and swords, killed twenty-nine and then himself.
South Korea, 1982 - Woo Bum-Kon killed fifty-seven and then himself, using grenades and a high powered rifle.
Port Arthur massacre (Australia, 1996) - Martin Bryant, using two semi-automatic weapons, a CAR-15 and an L1A1 SLR, killed thirty-five.
Virginia Tech massacre, (United States, 2007) - Cho Seung-hui killed thirty-three people, including himself, using a Glock 9mm and a .22 caliber Walther P22. (In this case, however, the killer took a two-and-a-half hour break between shootings.)

Asian kids statistically are pretty well behaved, but in gangs and shootings when they're bad they're really bad. Asians are noted for avoiding mental health treatment as it is shameful to admit having a problem. He's from Fairfax county, which has the highest test scores and most affluent, that may explain his hatred of rich kids, he was surrounded by them.

Korean parents who don't speak much english may be spending overtime on the job, (confirmed, they run a dry cleaning business, a Kor-Am niche) perhaps not keeping close track on the kids, not doing as good a job as American parents lining up friends and a network to hook up with (birthday parties, play dates, little league cub scouts), Asians sometimes put more value on hitting the books than making friends.

People blamed American gun culture, but Koreans don't wave around guns (unless it's rioters threatening korean stores in the LA riots)

Reports are that classmates familiar with his writing were afraid he might turn into a campus shooter. Remarks on the AOL site also questioned whether this college senior was writing like a 7th grader.

New York Times reports he went to WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL , Washington Post cited as an outstanding school "schools the work" 16% Asian is fairly high vs national population of 5%, most of remaining students are rich white kids.

WESTFIELD HIGH SCHOOL, Fairfax County: 2,839 students (64.1 percent white, 8.2 percent black, 8.5 percent Hispanic, 16.4 percent Asian, 10.4 percent low-income); average SAT 1069; 95 percent pass state English test, 78 percent pass state math test; Challenge Index rating 2.583; 65 percent of teachers have master's or PhD; 69.8 percent of seniors go to four-year colleges.
Brand-new schools in good districts often have an advantage because the principal can select exactly the teachers he wants for every classroom. Westfield parents say Dale Rumberger did just that, and then went off to have the fun of starting another school, leaving the humming machine of Westfield to his top assistant, Mike Campbell.
In its fifth year, the campus has the very high AP participation that is standard of Fairfax County high schools, but it also has a recent state football championship and a reputation among parents for making families' lives easier.
Debbie Arnsperger wondered if her son, who has multiple disabilities, would really be treated well on the cross-country and track teams of such an athletically competitive campus. At one of his first meets, she stood back and watched carefully. "Even though my son would talk nonstop, and ask the same questions over and over again, and get in other team members' spaces, the reaction was always the same," she reports. "The kids genuinely accepted him, answered his questions and kindly reminded him what he should be doing."
When Kathy Sposa's son was injured, his entire team sent cards to the hospital, and the coaches came to his home and sat with him all afternoon as he was recovering from reconstructive surgery. When deadlines got close on his college applications, his counselor collected all his recommendations and personally drove the envelopes to the post office to make certain they were postmarked on time.
Westfield has an award-winning school newspaper, a versatile music program that encourages band members to play with the string orchestra, a guitar club with more than 100 members and an assistant principal, Tim Thomas, who, according to parent Carey Williams, "sees potential in kids whom others have already given up on."

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Duking it out on wikipedia over whether it's racist to say Koreans run dry cleaning businesses and that they require long hours.

Dry Cleaning Business takes long hours
Good Management, In short, to operate a dry cleaning business successfully, you need (1) a wide variety of talents, practical knowledge, and skills; (2) willingness to work hard over long hours ...

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