Kam Cho and Immigration
Most social problems in America get blamed on the liberals. And yet America's worst ever college shooting has taken place in one of America's most conservative universities, in one of America's most conservative areas, by a member of one of America's most conservative constituencies.
Kam Cho was a son of Korean immigrants. The Koreans, 70% of whom vote Republican, have given America Soon Yung Moon, invasive evangelists, and annoying authoritarian hairdressers who keep wanting to give everybody a crew cut. His parents settled in super-conservative Central Virginia, and he went to a super-conservative Virginia Tech. And it is there that he shot 33 American students.
What was the reasons for this? To read Kam Cho, apparently his fellow students were too conservative; and apparently they weren't conservative enough. He railed about "rich kids"; he also railed about "promiscuity." But there needs to be greater insight into this problem besides Kam Cho's writings, as this problem does not begin or end with one college shooter.
The immigrants from socially conservative backgrounds face a quandary when they come to America. If they go to liberal areas, where immigrants are welcome, they find themselves surrounded by people whose values are contrary to their own. The kids in such situations are likely to do sex and drugs and to espouse ideas contrary to those of their parents, and the parents risk their kids misbehaving or them losing control of their children.
If they go to conservative areas though, the problems are worse. Conservative areas are exclusionary and would not accept anyone who is not exactly like them. Many of them are also unkind to immigrants, especially ones from non-Anglo Saxon backgrounds. And while the adults often find ways around this problem, it is the kids who suffer the most. They get ostracized, abused, or made to believe that they are trash. And this can be more harmful over the long run than teenage involvement with sex and drugs.
In the first case, the worst problems are borne by the parents. In the second case, the worst problems are borne by the children. Immigrants to liberal areas risk their children behaving badly - a temporary problem for the parents. Immmigrants to conservative areas risk their children being messed up for life - a long-term problem for the children.
This leads us to an explanation floated the most: that Kam Cho had a mental illness. From what we know about mental illness, it can have two origins. Either it is genetic, or else it is acquired. There is no evidence of mental illness in Kam Cho's family line, which means that it cannot have been genetic. His parents were described by police as "super-nice"; which means that, unless they were (as many people are) phonies who are good to the police but malicious to their children, it could not have come from them either. Which leaves only one culprit, and that is: The treatment that he received from other kids.
What we see in Kam Cho is an extreme example of what happens when immigrants come to conservative areas of America.
Nobody wants to see 33 college students get murdered. But this problem does not begin or end with Kam Cho. Given the dynamics of conservative cultures in America, there will be any number of young people - some of immigrant background, some of native background - who have similar feelings. Some of them will act out on them, and others will not.
If you are a foreigner with children contemplating a move to America: Steer clear of conservative areas. Having your children do sex and drugs is better than having your children (along with any number of innocent people) winding up dead.