H/T to reader for cajoling me out of my blogging vacation. But, I guess I better chime in:
Man, that's some racist shit. It gets better:
The stupidity of the "sports newspaper" hardly needs to be pointed out. And I'll be mercifully brief in my points.
1) Get with the 21st century. Learn the difference between being HIV+ and contracting AIDS. Newspapers in Korea continue to not know the difference and add to the ignorance about this topic.
2) This is just the perfect case the media's been waiting for, assuming it's even true, since the source is a web site of an organization of hagwons – now, that's calling the kettle black – illegally creating a blacklist that would get any of us foreigners sued to high heaven if we named blacklists of evil hagwons. Since the source is a blog and an email from hotmail, I'd say that double-confirming the sources and getting some additional confirmation would be in order. And if this story turns out to be as full of shit as when YTN reported Bill Gates as having been murdered, or the non-existent Mad Max atmosphere of Hongdae, don't look for a retraction in any Korean newspaper.
3) As for the email, if that guy's a native speaker of English, then I'll be a monkey's 삼촌.
What I want to know is – where's the interview with this mystery Australian? Is there confirmation from any outside source, say, a doctor or organization that says he tested positive? All we have is a Konglish-laden email from Hotmail? OOO-K.
4) Even if said evil white Australian English teacher actually sent the email, what evidence separates this from just a vindictive email sent by a jilted lover? If so, the guy's guilty of being a dick, but this is not newspaper worthy.
I must say that what is more interesting is how the use of HIV as a weapon is made possible in a society where being HIV+ is a crime. Were this woman to test positive, this woman would never find employment in Korea, be completely socially ostracized, and forbidden from living in the normal population, shipped off to the "AIDS colonies" where such transgressors against the psychological desire to not deal with this issue are sent.
The moral of this story, if true? A responsible newspaper media would point out the importance of at least using condoms and other means of protection, instead of perpetuating the harmful (and not just to foreigners) myth that only "dirty foreigners" can "have AIDS."
One of the reasons I know about this is because I edited several HIV/AIDS-related reports for the Korean CDC related to this topic, and let me tell you, the level of ignorance in public policy about HIV/AIDS in this country is scary, and in the end, the people overwhelmingly hurt by this stupidity are Korean citizens themselves.
Criminalizing the HIV+ and effectually stamping out any desire to actually be voluntarily tested, thereby effectively reducing the spread of the disease by encouraging people to confirm their status rather than the reality, which is that a person in a high-risk group would be wise to avoid testing, since you're a criminal either way; as they say in Korean, "모르는 게 약."
Glad to see the Korean media at it again: using flimsy sources, beating the drum of the AIDS-infested, foreign sexual predator, and adding to the body of ignorance and fear about HIV/AIDS.
Good, responsible journalism for the nation.
And according to the newspapers, you don't have to beware ME, since I'm not WHITE! So ditch the condoms, Korean ladies, and let's get ready for some sharing of dirty heroin needles, home blood transfusions, and bareback anal action!
This is one black, drug-abusing, AIDS-infested sexual predator ready to PAR-TAY! Forget those WHITE English teachers – you're totally safe with me! All those Thai hookers back in Thailand were totally safe – trust me, baby!
And you know what they say about BLACK, drug-abusing, AIDS-infested sexual predators, heh heh heh...