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Christian Lagahit, Star of “Squid Game,” recalls a time when a Korean lady threw cabbage at him

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The Squid Game Filipino Actor Christian Lagahit, also known as Player 276, a Filipino actor, recently spoke with Asian Boss. He spoke openly about the discrimination he faced as a foreigner in South Korea, including a particularly harrowing incident on a bus.

📷 Christian Lagahit | @chrisyan8/Instagram

Christian Lagahit shared the most racist incident that happened to him, referring to the form of discrimination he experiences in Korea as “stereotyping.” He boarded a small village bus packed with people a few years ago.

The most memorable one was when I was inside the village bus. It was the last trip, and I was sitting at the back because it was very small. It can only accommodate a few people to sit, so other people were already standing in the bus.
— Christian Lagahit

He noticed a woman in her fifties staring at him, but he ignored her at first. However, a cabbage landed on his face a few minutes later.

There was this woman who was just staring at me. At first I wasn’t paying attention because I thought she was maybe looking at the boys, because there were boys in front of me. I thought that maybe she was just looking at the students. A few minutes passed by, and I was surprised when something hit my face. She threw a cabbage at my face—straight at my face.
— Christian Lagahit

His glasses flew off his face as a result of the impact. They were already broken when he found them on the ground. He had no choice but to wear them, broken as they were, to help his blurry vision.

I was wearing eyeglasses at that time, and the first thing that I looked for was my eyeglasses because I couldn’t see. So I looked for my eyeglasses, and when I picked my eyeglasses up, they were already broken. I kind of used the broken eyeglasses to see because I’m farsighted.
— Christian Lagahit

In perplexity, he inquired of the lady why she had thrown the cabbage at him. The most heartbreaking part was that, even though he was surrounded by people, no one stood up for him.

Then I asked, ‘I’m sorry, what’s happening here? Why did you throw this vegetable at me?‘ The hardest part was that no one was paying attention to me. There were a lot of people inside the bus. It was filled, but no one was there to at least help me.
— Christian Lagahit

The woman who assaulted him remained silent. Another person explained her intentions, saying that the woman in her fifties wanted him to get off the bus because she believed only Koreans had the right to use it. When he pointed out that there were no foreigner-only buses and that he didn’t know how to hail a taxi, the woman said he should still go.

According to the other lady, ‘She wants you to step out of the bus.’ Because I’m not Korean, and that bus was intended for Koreans—but there’s no such thing as a foreigner bus here in Korea. She said, ‘You just have to go out.‘
— Christian Lagahit

On the inside, he was sobbing as a result of the incident. The worst part for him was not the cabbage thrown at his face, but the people who made a conscious decision not to notice the injustice going on around them.

And I was crying inside. For me, there was nothing I could do anymore. I couldn’t complain, but what I didn’t understand was there were other people inside that small bus. I just felt so bad that no one was ready to help [me.]
— Christian Lagahit

The racist lady not only physically but also verbally attacked him. As he sat on the bus, dumbfounded, she exited ahead of him, yelling that all foreigners in Korea are “bad.”

Even when she was about to leave the bus, she was still screaming, ‘All foreigners here in Korea are bad people!‘ I remember those lines from her.
— Christian Lagahit

More from Squid Game actor Christian Lagahit can be found in the full interview below.

REFERENCE/S:
“Squid Game” Filipino Actor Christian Lagahit Recalls The Time A Korean Lady Hatefully Threw Cabbage At Him|KOREABOO

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