Their physical appearance would qualify them as participants in a general meeting of the United Nations. The 35-second video features a woman of black ancestry, a man with a middle-eastern cast and a white male. Against a slow string instrument, the voice of a Mediterranean-looking man says: 'My name is Bae Ki-chul; I am [South] Korean. Only the colour of my skin is different. They say I am not like them.' As the voiceover suggests, these are not faces which are thought of as typically South Korean or even Asian, but all the men and woman are South Koreans. The video has been produced by Seoul's National Human Rights Commission with the aim of combating the discrimination which has long dogged people of mixed race here. Koreans pride themselves on their supposed racial homogeneity. The flip side of this has been a hostility to thousands of 'biracials' in the country. This is partly because historically, many were the offspring of liaisons between local women and US servicemen stationed here. Mixed-race children were often despised as the illegitimate, living symbols of women gone bad. Many mixed-race children have been sent abroad for adoption; those who remained had near-invisible status. In contrast to Eurasians found in other parts of the continent, South Korean children of mixed ancestry have been largely absent from the public arena and even everyday life. The children of servicemen will often describe how they deliberately chose not to travel beyond those areas which were home to US Army bases, to avoid the stares and hostility. The discrimination and ostracism led many to drop out of school and further fuelled their high unemployment, perpetuating a vicious cycle. It is only in recent years that a small number of Koreans of mixed race have managed to overcome the discrimination and forge a living by trading on their supposed exoticism. Last year, 28-year-old entertainer Lee Yu-jin held a dramatic news conference to announce what had been widely assumed: that her father was a Hispanic-American. Asked why the subject of her parentage was such a significant issue, she replied: 'It wouldn't be anywhere else, but [South] Korea is still a closed society where people like to talk about the purity of the race.' Another entertainer, Sonya, has won singing and modelling roles because of her voice and appearance, partly inherited from her black, former-GI father. As the country attracts greater numbers of foreigners and increasing numbers of South Koreans go abroad, a younger generation of mixed-race children born of secure relationships and affluent parents are now helping to dispel the negative connotations.