I'm a Korean and I have seen a TV show where foreigners currently staying in Korea showed up and began speaking about how it is not correct to refer to them as foreigners(외국인/wee-guk-in) - Korean word for foreigners. I do see a point that in their perspective, a word foreigner may have negative connotations since perhaps in their culture, referring to a person as foreigner is an improper thing to do. But my question is, in Korea, we don't usually refer to foreigner as foreigner with negative implications. In fact, if we wanted to insult them, we would instead use words like 양키(to insult white people), 깜둥이(to insult black people) and more - imagine word like Japs used during the WWII to insult Japanese. So here is my question. Does really a word foreigner have negative implications and if so, what are the ways to refer to foreigners without actually using that particular word and not make them feel bad?
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For clarification, the mention on PC was deemed necessary for me since the TV program itself somewhat intended such flavor. However, I removed that since I didn't want to make a political arguments here. Apologies if anyone was offended by my thoughtlessness. Going back to the point, the casts on the program(non-Koreans currently staying in Korea) insisted that Koreans should not address non-Koreans as foreigners since the word has negative connotations. So firstly, I wanted to know if it is true that in English the word foreigner has negative feelings. Secondly, I wanted to know, if that is how the word foreigner is accepted among general population or if its what those casts on the TV think. Also, sorry if my question don't fit the language category. Perhaps I took the boundary of the category little too widely. I came to ask a question here since my English-Korean dictionary didn't give me any clue on my questions.
I don't intend to spark another fight on the internet. Forgive me if I sounded improper - this is the first time asking a question on non-Korean community, and I have no experience on the real world or on the internet outside Korea. I guess I tried to explain unnecessary context too much and that created vulgar taste for some people that kindly gave me their thoughts. Thanks in advance.