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Gyeonggi Foreigner Problem?

Mar 13, 2021

Gyeonggi Province is requiring ALL FOREIGNERS to get COVID-19 tests by March 22nd or face fines. Is this for the public good or security theater? Why all foreigners and why only foreigners? How does this contribute to Korea’s history of labeling foreigners as diseased?

 

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NOTES

 

Administrative Order for Corona 19 Diagnosis Test for Foreign Workers and Employers with Foreigners

https://www.gg.go.kr/bbs/boardView.do?bIdx=18300979&bsIdx=464&bcIdx=519&menuId=1535&isManager=true&isCharge=true&page=1&fbclid=IwAR3FGEW2hJKjOnpr6K1E6S0BBs7buk-rUprosnmy92tpET-DIwD9wWAkFYc

Foreign Workers Diagnosis and Inspection_-Administrative Order Notice_English

Background

COVID-19 clusters in factory dormitories in Namyangju

 

The Orders

The Problems

  • Haphazard communication
  • No clear lines if it’s all foreigners or foreigners working in certain industries
  • Employers are responsible for communication, but workers bear brunt of punishment
    • How do they know?
  • Is this a public health strategy or a PR strategy?
    • A history of image before substance — Appear to do something without actually doing something — It’s all for show
    • Are they also testing Korean workers at those facilities?
    • Are Korean family members of foreign workers required to be tested?
  • Gyeonggi’s defense
    • They have tested Coupang centers and churches, too
  • Recent history of oopsies with foreigners this past year
    • Free masks campaign
    • Financial support campaign
    • Each time they were brought to task, they used the excuse that they weren’t aware–that they didn’t mean to do it. And now they’ve done it again!
  • The foreign community is uniquely sensitive to disease-related discrimination
    • AIDS requirement that went to the Human Rights Council
    • 2009 H1N1 Swine Flu
    • News programs and articles about diseased foreigners
    • Itaewon in May

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