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Beyond the stereotype: Benefits from ethnic diversity
Due to globalization, people around the world are getting closer and closer, and eventually, ethnic diversity began to appear in Korea. Some people claim that ethnic diversity causes extreme problems such as job loss of domestic workers, a rapid increase in the rate of crimes, and a threat against the traditional Korean culture. However, ethnic diversity does have greater benefits: economic rise by increasing the number of the workers in harsh environment ? so called 3D workers and by generating profits from tourism; elevation of the quality of education particularly in linguistics; production of motivation to preserve and protect the Korean culture.
 Ethnic diversity is definitely beneficial to Korean economy. Numerous people have false thought that workers from abroad would dominate the work force. Yes, they dominate work force. However, most of them are working in harsh condition with unfairly low wages. Without them, it is possible for Korean industry to operate since Korean workers tend to avoid these kinds of jobs. The working condition of the foreign workers are much worse than we have imagined: they are not only humiliated, but sometimes also violated’; some of them were killed by Korean manufacturers without any further compensation. The actual problem is that Koreans have stereotype against foreigners and they never try to change their point of view. People should realize that they are under recognized regarding the economic benefits from collaborating with foreign workers. Along with economic benefits, ethnic diversity also provides better education.
Korean students are widely receiving linguistic education of high quality. When Korea is in a pre-globalized status, the students rarely had opportunities to learn world languages. Now, globalization allowed nearly ? all students learn world languages from native speakers. The status of language learning actually developed compared to the past. Acquiring world languages of students are essential because it involves in the future of Korea. In the future, it is expected that world would become even more closer. People cannot even be able to communicate with only Korean language. Moreover, some languages, particularly English, Chinese and Spanish, will be required in a wide range of fields including business, communication, education, and information technology. Hence, Korean people cannot survive in the globalized world by themselves because there exists a limitation to linguistic education without native speakers of each country. Korean people would rather change their mind ? prejudice that workers from abroad only commit crimes ? and accept the reality that they need those who came to teach their children languages from abroad. In a mood that Korean people do not concern Korean traditional culture important, ethnic diversity transform the whole atmosphere in Korea.
Ethnic diversity is an absolute chance and motivation for Koreans to reconsider their traditional culture and values. Even though it is known that globalization brought cultural destruction of Korea, Korean native people actually have done more to weaken the institution of Korean traditional culture than foreigners could. Change in culture is inevitable because of globalization. Nevertheless, there are infinite number of ways to preserve, protect, and develop the traditional culture. Most Korean people generally have not noticed that Korean traditional culture is precious, and some of them even devalue it, because they did not have any chance to do so, to compare and contrast their culture and values to others. Since people learned the differentiation and uniqueness of Korean traditional, they began to move into another way ? protecting, preserving and even create more unique cultural values. For example, when Soon-lye gate burned, Korean people not only get sorrowful regarding the incident, but also urged the government to establish strict regulations as the cultural preservation laws of other countries such as Japan. In the interview of one of the TV programmes, a man said that he got the idea of the preservation laws from his Japanese friend who is a resident of Korea. Like this, ethnic diversity motivates and gives a notion of valuing Korean traditional culture.
 Ethnic diversity catalyzes economic development by increasing production rate by hiring workers from abroad, provides a lot more qualified linguistic education to the future leaders, and allows Korean people reconsider the preciousness of Korean traditional culture. Banning stereotype would definitely lead to better relationship between Korean people and those who came from other countries, and it would also gives benefits to our society.

Hong Ji-min  .

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