Korean Loses Finger in Racist Attack in Australia

A Korean man studying in Australia says he lost a finger in a racially motivated attack there and was also abused by local police.

The 33-year-old man, identified only by his last name Jang, reported to the Korean Consulate in Melbourne that he fell victim to a knife attack by a group of teenagers on Nov. 5 while walking through a park near his home with a Korean friend.

He said the teenagers asked him for a cigarette, and when he refused started assaulting him and shouting, "Fucking Chinese."

And one of them cut off his finger with a knife, Jang said. He said police only arrested one of them and let the others go.

Jang lost consciousness in the attack and was taken to an emergency room and underwent surgery to reattach the severed finger.

He had been studying at a technical school in Melbourne since July on a six-month visa. Jang recounted his ordeal on a website and complained that local police appeared to brush off the assault simply as rowdy teenage behavior. He said police refused to inform him of the identities of the other teens.

Local police said the assailant who was arrested had a record of attacking others, his family and police. He refused to identify his accomplices were.

In the wake of the publicity, local police have now promised to take another look at the incident, and the regional government has pledged to compensate Jang for damages.

Australia has recently seen a raft of racially motivated crimes against Asians.

englishnews@chosun.com / Nov. 13, 2012 11:06 KST