Day 16

Day 16: Soccer with Munguau

Another lucky day

I heard that Munguau, a Korean-Argentine artists’ collective in BsAs, was organizing a get-together to watch the Argentina v. South Korea World Cup match at Magno Bar on Avenida Rivadavia. I figured I should show up early if I was going to take pictures (because the Diario Central might want to use some of my photos). I arrived about 40 minutes early– bad idea. Not only was nobody there, but the establishment itself didn’t even know that Munguau was hosting something there. I stupidly stood around trying to decide if I should just leave or if I should wait it out until someone else came in asking for the Munguau event.

Luckily, he took the initiative to find a spot for the group, and people slowly started arriving. About 25-30 individuals showed up to the event; even though a lot more had promised to attend through Facebook– rather misleading. A few days before, my housemate had lent me a newspaper insert that had an article about the Korean-Argentine youth in BsAs. I read it and had found out about Munguau, and because of the recent article, a news channel had come to cover the event at the bar. I even met the reporter who had written the article there– what luck.

During half-time, some representatives of Munguau was invited to appear on Mañaneras, a tv morning show to be interviewed. They invited me to follow along, and while I was there, a famous Korean actress in Argentina also appeared on the show to be interviewed. They were asked the usual questions: who do you want to win; do you feel more Argentine or Korean; when did your parents arrive, etc. One of the show’s hostesses mentioned that Koreans (and Asians) all looked alike– and the Korean actress (named Señorita Lee) explained that it was because the lack of pigment variety in our physical appearance. For example, in a relatively homogeneous country like Sweden, a lot of the people are blue-eyed, blond, and tall– so for foreigners, it is possible for everyone to look alike. Likewise, East Asians don’t have a lot of variety in pigment; everyone has black-brown hair, black-brown eyes, and similar physical characteristics. It’s only in countries where there is a large population of immigrants and of different backgrounds that the people don’t all look the same. I thought this was a valid point.

Unfortunately, Korea lost to Argentina, but there is certainly a possibility for Korea to advance if it plays well against Nigeria.

Afterwards, I went back to Diario Central to see if they would publish any of my photos. They didn’t. They thought that the crowd didn’t look lively and enthusiastic enough. I told them it wasn’t really my fault, because nobody wore any uniforms and everyone just quietly watched. It somewhat annoyed me because if I knew they weren’t going to use any, I could have gone and had lunch with Munguau. Oh well– sacrifices…

I waited around for another shadowing assignment at 6pm, but  the reporter canceled last minute. Was rather annoyed again.

What annoyed me the most, however, was how the morning show Mañaneras, chose to call the Korean-Argentines who were interviewed “extranjeros,” or “foreigners.” On the website they wrote: ¿Cómo es el mundial para los extranjeros que viven en nuestro país?

I don’t really think it’s appropriate of them to call them foreigners if they were born there and have citizenship. I certainly wouldn’t want to be portrayed on American media as a foreigner– because I’m not. And neither were the Korean-Argentines who were interviewed.

Anyway, a friend from the Comunidad Coreana en Argentina put up some of my photos on their website! : )

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