Postby seanolan » September 4th, 2007 8:57 am
A very easy way to insult someone is to imply that they look Korean or Chinese. I have had people tell me in confidence that they were half Korean, Chinese, Philippine, etc, and virtually beg me to never tell anyone else. Common gossip I hear from co-workers involves "scandalous" ancestry of non-Japanese origin, or concerns the possibility that someone is dating someone of non-Japanese origin. So yes, it is looked upon as something odd, but you won't often see blatant snubbing or rudeness like you could and still can in the deep South in the US. There is far less concern with it in the bigger cities, as you might expect.
Hell, in the inaka, they're STILL concerned with whether your great-grandfather was a garbage collector a hundred years ago...