Steven Borowiec holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto. Since graduating and realizing he had no marketable skills, he has lived in South Korea where he works as a writer and editor. He has written on Korea for the Guardian, the Toronto Star, Adbusters and other publications.
South Korea’s export-led economy has been hard hit by the global economic crisis, and the country’s migrant workforce has made a particularly easy target for politicians looking for scapegoats. South Korea has historically been ethnically homogeneous and has had a tepid relationship with outsiders even in prosperous times; during times of hardship, these workers face even greater scrutiny and discrimination.