I'll never understand. It was certainly not the first time it happened nor it won't be last, unfortunately.
Ironically, this week a new movie just went into production and it deals with what makes America these days. Sort of CRASH meets TRAFFIC and it's about immigrants in the States. It's called CROSSING OVER and is directed by Wayne Kramer (RUNNING SCARED). I know about this project because they asked me to find an actor in Korea to play a Korean teenager who's central to the story. The character is angry for no obvious reason and he goes through what most young immigrants go through... that is, who am I? I think they found someone in the States to play the role. I'm curious to see how this incident will affect the outcome of the movie.
Also, will this incident stigmatize the Koreans? As much as I hope it doesn't result in any hate crime, this will be a huge burden on the Koreans, especially those who reside in the States.
On this beautiful Tuesday night in Seoul where I just came back from New Zealand Wine & Jazz Night (alright, I'm tipsy), I'm still trying to understand what it all means. I feel bad for those victims and their families and friends but is that it? I feel so helpless. Nothing I can do but feel bad. Something we talk about for days and then we move on. Is this another front page we may casually chat about 5 years from now? Am I losing my human decency?