Puzzle 32

John Baez

Q: In Korea, which job do they only allow blind people to do?

A: Massage. In 1913, during the Japanese occupation, a law was introduced in Korea giving only the legally blind the right to become registered massage workers. In May 2006, South Korea's constitutional court struck down this law as discriminatory. Hundreds of blind masseurs and masseuses protested this law, with some leaping from buildings and jumping onto subway tracks. Two died. In August, the National Assembly passed a new regulation restoring to the blind the exclusive right to give massages.


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