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A Lai Daihan (or Lai Dai Han, Lai Tai Han, 라이따이한 in Korean) is a person born to a South Korean father and a Vietnamese mother during the Vietnam War. The fathers include both members of the South Korean military and Korean workers who were stationed in Vietnam during the War. The children were usually abandoned by their fathers.[1]

"Lai," which is a scornful word[2], means "mixed blood" and "Daihan" is the Vietnamese pronunciation of Korea (hangul: 대한 hanja: 大韓).



The exact number of Lai Daihan is unknown. According to Busan Ilbo, there are at least 5,000 and 30,000 at most.[2] According to Maeil Business, there are 1000 at most.[3] According to Park Oh-soon, the number of Korean-Vietnamese fathered not by Korean soldiers but by Korean workers stationed in Vietnam during the War is probably 10,000.[4]

The causes of the Lai Daihan problem include "comfort women"[5], rape,[6] and the desertion of the children.[2] Atrocities by Military of South Korea are still remembered in Vietnam, and The Hankyoreh referred to the incidents as a massacre (대량학살).[7]

See also


  1. ^ "Cinema Bridges Korea, Vietnam". The Korea Times. 2008-05-19. Retrieved 2008-09-25.  
  2. ^ a b c "조흥국교수의 동남아 들여다보기 <17> 라이따이한 문제". Busan Ilbo. 2004-09-18. Retrieved 2008-09-25.  
  3. ^ "베트남에 대한 5가지 오해 ". Maeil Business. 2004-10-05. Retrieved 2008-11-09.  
  4. ^ "Korean-Vietnamese Struggle to Find Origin". Donga Ilbo. 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2008-09-25.  
  5. ^ F. Namigoe, Nikkan kyoumei 2000 nen shi [2000 year history of Japan and Korea], Meiseisha, 2002, p. 672, ISBN 9784944219117
  6. ^ A. Kameyama, Betonamu Sensou, Saigon Souru, Toukyou [Vietnam War, Saigon, Seoul, Tokyo], Iwanami Shoten Publishing, 1972, p. 122
  7. ^ "아, 몸서리쳐지는 한국군! ". The Hankyoreh. 2002-07-26. Retrieved 2008-10-01.  

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