[KS] References about American cultural impact in Korea

Carl Webb carlwebb at asiafind.com
Wed Jun 30 06:08:57 EDT 1999


 Status of Forces Agreements (SOFAs) vary depending on host country laws and each
  government's power and willingness to negotiate terms. For example, the SOFA between the U.S.
  and Germany includes more detailed procedures for jurisdiction over personnel who
  commit crimes than do SOFAs with Japan or Korea. It also commits the U.S. military to
  cooperating in finding fathers and advising them to pay child support to German women who have
  children by U.S. troops, a provision completely absent from the SOFAs with Japan or Korea.
  Host governments are in different power positions in relation to the U.S., though none
  of them come to SOFA negotiations as equal partners with the United States. 
 SOFAs are based upon dysfunctional assumptions about national security. They ensure
  legal protection for U.S. bases and military personnel but do not provide genuine
  security for local communities, nor do they assure the security of the American people. 
 Although U.S. officials claim to have implemented adequate procedures for dealing with
  crimes against people in host communities, U.S. troops are rarely tried by local courts,
  even when cases involve serious injury or death. It took enormous public outcry before
  that those responsible for abducting and raping a 12-year-old Okinawan girl in
  September 1995 were handed over to Japanese authorities, stood trial in a Japanese court, and
  began serving seven-year sentences in Japan. In other cases where local people know of
  punishment, it is often trivial. Sometimes perpetrators are moved beyond reach to another
  posting, perhaps back to the United States. 
 SOFAs make no reference to Amerasian children, who are often abandoned by their fathers.
  No government takes responsibility for the dire situation of these children, who
  have no legal standing in the United States. The 1982 Amerasian Immigration Act, which
  addressed the situation of Vietnamese Amerasian children, does not cover people born in
  Japan or the Philippines. To qualify under this act, one must be born between 1951 and
  1982. One must also have documentation that the father is a U.S. citizen, formal
  admission of paternity, and a financial sponsor in the United States.


 Violation of Human Rights against Korean Women and Children
 ...Children by the United States Forces in Korea (USFK) - Mighty Army, Great...
 ...Father: The USFK and Prostitution in Korea - Written by Il Soon Ahn... 



 Amerasian Act

 Public Law 97-359 (Act of 10/22/82) provides for the immigration to the United States of
  certain Amerasian children.
 In order to qualify for benefits under this law, an alien must have been born in
  Cambodia, Korea, Laos, Thailand, or Vietnam after December 31, 1950 and before October 22,
  1982, and have been fathered by a U.S. citizen. 


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