I truly love the people of South Korea. When Buddhist convert to Christianity they bite into it wholeheartedly, in the words of a fisherman: hook, line and sinker. As with any human giving up old baggage is difficult. During the height of the Korean Conflict, the war is still going on over there by the way, more than a few babies were born of a few good men from a hodgepodge of allied nations.
The culture of Korea may be more western today than in the early 1950's. Yet, one aspect of the national belief system is that of the superiority of the Korean race. Any child born of impure blood was then, and continues to be, an outcast, a pariah upon society and the nation. Beneath the clamoring for the almighty dollar, hatred of any other race continues to seethe in many parts of the Orient today as yesterday.
There is a greater sadness. When the allied nations were on the ground in S. Korea, before the signing of the Armistice, those other nations welcomed these illegitimate children who certainly did not have a say at being born into this world, with open arms. Citizenship was provided along with healthcare and an education. These unwanted children were, in effect, adopted by a nation. The United States did not and to this day does not acknowledge nor provide for these children who are every much a US citizen as a child born in the heart of Kansas. And, as their brothers and sisters in the early 1950's they did not ask to be born into this world.
If you go to eastern Europe you and look beneath the surface you will find other children born of Soviet fathers, left behind as outcasts.
Who do you say they are? I say they are the elephant in the living room no one wants to see. The law says a child of foreign birth where one, or both, of the parents is an American citizen is also an American citizens from birth.