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What about the expats?

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By Jason Lim

When the tension was near the breaking point last fall, with both President Trump and the official North Korean mouthpiece hurling insults and threats at each other on a regular basis, there were many handwringing reports of how a war ― or even a limited military engagement ― would cause untold havoc and loss of Korean lives in Seoul and surrounding areas. But what about the lives of foreign residents of Korea?

When the rapprochement happened during the Olympics, the North and South Korea summit happened, and the U.S.-North Korea summit was scheduled, then canceled and then rescheduled, there were lots of stories about Korean people's emotional swings between hope, despair and fear. But what about the hope, despair and fear of the foreign residents?

There are over 2 million foreigners living in Korea who represent 4 percent of the total population. It's expected that, by 2020, more than 3 million foreigners will call Korea home. The expat community is a permanent part of Korean society contributing every day to its diversity and richness. The majority of them are from China and the U.S., the two countries directly involved in the North Korean peace talks and whose citizens will be impacted by whatever happens in the negotiations.

Unfortunately, their voices are........

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