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Soccer star Son Heung-min opens up for first time about racial abuse while playing in Germany

  • Tottenham Hotspur soccer star Son Heung-min, 29, opened up to fans for the first time about his experiences with racism as a teenage footballer in Germany.
  • At an event in Seoul on Monday, Son publicly shared with fans, “I moved to Germany when I was young, and went through so many really difficult, unimaginable moments,” and added he often thought of “revenge one day.”
  • Son then referred to Germany’s shocking defeat to South Korea in the 2018 World Cup which sent the defending champions packing early and ranked last in their group.
  • Son, who scored the second goal in the game, all but ensuring Germany’s early exit, expressed he had little sympathy.
  • “When people cry, I’d [usually] want to comfort them and give them a hug,” he said. “But watching German people cry, [I felt] I was able to take revenge by doing something I like.”

Tottenham Hotspur soccer star Son Heung-min, 29, opened up to fans for the first time about his “really difficult” and “unimaginable” experiences with racism as a teenage footballer in Germany.

At an event in Seoul on Monday, Son publicly shared with fans, “I moved to Germany when I was young, and went through so many really difficult, unimaginable moments.

Japanese PM Kishida asked German Chancellor Scholz to remove comfort women statue in Berlin

comfort women statue
  • Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida asked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to remove a statue in Berlin honoring Korean comfort women.
  • Japan’s chief cabinet secretary stated on Wednesday that the request was made when Kishida and Scholz met during late April in Tokyo.
  • The statue was built by a pro-Korean civic group in Mitte of central Berlin in September 2020 and was approved for installation for one year.
  • Japan has previously protested the extension of the statue’s installation and repeatedly requested that the Mitte district remove the permit allowing the statue to stay.

Over a year after the installation of a comfort women statue in Mitte of central Berlin, Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida asked German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to remove the statue.

“Comfort women” is a euphemism for the women from mostly Asian nations who were enslaved into brothels by the Japanese military during World War II. 

Report: Xinjiang cotton found in Adidas, Puma and Hugo Boss tops

  • Research suggests Xinjiang cotton is being used in T-shirts from some of Germany’s biggest apparel companies, including Adidas, Puma and Hugo Boss.
  • Agroisolab researchers explained that nature leaves behind a “signature” in cotton, caused by the “climate and geology” of a place.
  • The signature is what scientists call an “isotopic fingerprint,” which enables them to assign the place of origin in a piece of cotton.
  • Adidas and Puma made commitments in 2020 to not source any cotton from the Xinjiang region due to allegations of forced labor in the region.
  • Xinjiang cotton has been a high point of controversy due to reports that more than half a million ethnic minorities, particularly Uyghur Muslims, are being forced to pick cotton via “labor programs.”
  • In response to recent claims made in a report from The Guardian, both Adidas and Puma reiterated that their companies did not source cotton from the Xinjiang region.

Research suggests Xinjiang cotton is being used in T-shirts by some of Germany’s biggest apparel companies, despite their commitments not to source from the Chinese region due to allegations of forced labor. 

According to the German public broadcaster NDR on Thursday, scientists from the Agroisolab in Jülich revealed through isotope analysis that shirts from major German clothing labels, including Adidas, Puma and Hugo Boss, have traces of Xinjiang cotton in them.

Starbucks Berlin Writes ‘Japeneese’ on Customer’s Cup After She Told Them Her Name Was ‘Stephanie’

It would seem Starbucks needs to invite yet another store to participate in its mandatory racial bias education.

On April 24, Taylor Hunkeler took to FaceBook to post an upsetting situation which occurred at a Berlin, Germany Starbucks. Hunkeler told Nextshark that her mother, father, godfather, and aunt were all at the coffee shop so her mother could order a drink. Her mother had indicated to the staff that her name is Stephanie, only to be was shocked when she received a drink with the word “japeneese” hastily scrawled on the cup.