Koreans have been expressing shame and regret over the actions of Virginia Tech shooter Cho Seung-Hui:

“I’m too shameful that I’m a South Korean,” wrote an internet user on the country’s top web portal site, Naver — among hundreds of messages on the issue. “As a South Korean, I feel apologetic to the Virginia Tech victims.”

And some fear retaliation from Americans:

This first reaction was followed by concerns about a potential backlash against the Korean community in the United States, and against Korea as a nation….[Koreans] feared Koreans residing in the United States would soon be targets of reprisal attacks in an ethnic conflict.

While a sense of shame is refreshingly rare, I guess those feeling ashamed and worried about an American backlash haven’t noticed that killing Americans is the most politically correct act that a person could engage in — not to mention a savvy PR move. In fact, if the Korean had killed a few more of our peeps, Americans would take an increased interest in South Korean culture, and travel to South Korea would increase. We’d start adopting Korean ways, and insinuating the Korean legal system into our own. In no time at all, we would absolve Cho Seung-Hui of his actions and impugn ourselves for them, so that more and more Koreans would be encouraged to emulate him. We would simultaneously start passing laws to prevent ourselves from encumbering this form of political expression. And Koreans would still have a long way to go before Americans found this troubling or even noticed that there’s an epidemic.