Education minister visits Taipei Korean School


TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s Minister of Education Wu Ching-ji visited Taipei Korean School Principal Jung Jong-hoon yesterday in the wake of two egg-hurling incidents in which a Taiwanese man was said to be venting his anger over an Asian Games dispute involving Koreans.

Police said eggs were thrown at the school on Saturday and Monday, apparently in protest against Korean sports officials’ involvement in the disqualification of Chinese Taipei taekwondo athlete Yang Shu chun during a match in Guangzhou, China.

The Asian Games row touched off a spate of anti-Korean protests in Taiwan, as most Taiwanese believe that Korean or ethnic-Korean sports officials were behind what was called the unfair treatment of the Taiwanese athlete.

Wu tried to reassure the Korean school principal, saying the children at the school might feel uneasy and should be protected.

The police presence at the school has been increased to beef up security.

Regarding the egg-throwing incidents, Jung said he did not mind at all as he fully understood “how the Taiwanese people were feeling.”

The school was open Tuesday, with more than 60 children attending classes as usual.

A 53-year-old man was arrested Monday for throwing eggs at the school in Taipei City’s Wanhua District. He confessed at the Wanhua Police Department that he was irate at South Korea over Yang Shu-chun’s disqualification last week at the Asian Games.

The man, surnamed Chien, did the same thing on Saturday but the police made no arrests.