South Koreans' views of South-east Asians are changing

(From left) Professor Joeffrey Calimag from the Philippines, Dr Diane Rozells from Singapore, and Professor Utai Uprasen from Thailand are all members of the Council of Asean Professors in Korea.
(From left) Professor Joeffrey Calimag from the Philippines, Dr Diane Rozells from Singapore, and Professor Utai Uprasen from Thailand are all members of the Council of Asean Professors in Korea.ST PHOTO: CHANG MAY CHOON

SEOUL - When Professor Utai Uprasen first moved to South Korea from Thailand a decade ago, he used to get curious questions about his heritage.

"When I say I'm from Thailand, they'd automatically think I'm a migrant worker in factories," he told The Straits Times.

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