'Multiracial kids have better odds of excelling at sports'
Posted : 2012-12-05 19:03
Updated : 2012-12-05 19:03
Kim Joon-sik, head of Asian Friends
By Lee Tae-hoon
What is the secret of multiracial children outperforming their fellow students in sports?
Nominations that The Korea Times received from elementary and secondary schools nationwide over the past two weeks clearly show that many children of an interracial marriage excel at sports.
One of the nominees, Kang Kyo-sun, an 11-year-old girl born to a Korean father and a mother from the Philippines has the ideal physical and mental traits as an athlete.
Three teenage nominees born to a Korean father and a Japanese mother have also great potential to be medalists in the Olympics.
Some experts say multiracial children have a greater chance of falling in love with sports as that is one of the few things that they find themselves on an equal footing with others.
They point out that sports allow children with a different cultural background to compete fairly with others without having to worry about racial discrimination and language barriers.
Kim Joon-sik, president of Asian Friends, notes that "the so-called mixed-blood hybrids" tend to have better physical features compared to those with a "pure blood" lineage.
"Biologically, children from an interracial marriage have an advantage as seen from world famous stars as former NFL football player Hines Ward, born to an African American father and Korean mother," he said.
Kim said that multiracial children should not feel ashamed of their ethnic identity for not having "pure Korean blood," which some xenophobes often mention even though it is based on a myth.
"Of 286 surnames that Korean people have, roughly half of 136 are believed to have come from foreign ancestors who decided to settle on the Korean Peninsula," he said.
"Studies also reveal that roughly 30 to 40 percent of Koreans inherit the blood type of a southern race, whereas the rest carry the blood type of a northern race."
Kim stressed that biracial children will serve as valuable diplomatic assets for Korea, whose economic and security situation is heavily dependent on its exports to Asian countries and neighboring powers, including China.
"Many Koreans still have a biased view that a person with mixed blood is inferior," he said.
"It is time to educate the people that children with mixed blood are likely to be stronger and more beautiful."
Kim also pointed out people should realize that migrant workers and their family members in Korea play a positive impact to society and economy.
"Seventy five percent of the country's exports go to countries with weaker economies," he said.
The chief of Asian Friends noted that migrant workers play a vital role in creating more jobs by filling in positions that Koreans are unwilling to take.
"Imagine that without migrant workers, those cheap, hard labor jobs will go to third world countries offering cheap labor," he said.