WHENEVER you see and hear them conversing in a public place, it's easy to mistake them for the Japanese. Although they are just as boisterously loud as the Japanese (when talking to one another), the difference is their skin is generally paler. I know a few who are now sporting a healthy tan like a status symbol; a tan they no doubt acquired by luxuriously drenching themselves in the fairway sun of our fantastic golf courses.
Their guttural accent and the syllables of their words make them sound like Japanese. This is the unmistakable mark of a people whose country had endured almost four decades of Japanese occupation.
The people I refer to, of course, are none other than the South Koreans, whose now-divided country was under Japanese rule from 1910 to 1945.