This article on Korean webiste says that Cho's family lived in 2-bed room basement unit of a multi-unit complx. His father decided to move to America because it was very hard for him to make living in Korea at that time. The landlady of the complex says that Cho was a quiet boy and 8 years old when he left for America.
This article talks about the tremendous amount of stress that 1.5 generation Korean-American young people have to endure due to the high expection from their parents. It says that Korean parents have unusually high expectation for their children to succeed in education. Because of this kind of unusual zeal for success in education, the children of Korean origin suffer mentally and emotionally which could lead to a tragedy such as VT massacre.
Korean parents' high expection in children's education has been always problematic. Korean parents' extraordinary zeal for their children's education is a commendable quality. But their zeal for academic success is not without price. The kind of zeal that Korean parents have for their children is like the blind zeal that one can find in a member of a religious cult. Education is good and absolutely necessary. But I think the Korean parents' expection and zeal have the nature of religious cult which deforms not only the mind of the poor Korean children but also the true meaning of education itself. This kind of cultic deformation is also found in UBF teachings and practices. One good example can be found in Dr. Peter Chang of Bonn UBF. He seems to be quite determined to force the UBF 2nd gens to inherit Dr. Samuel Lee's spiritual legacy "absolutely" and "by any means". In doing so, Dr. Peter Chang and other UBF leaders are deforming the truth of God by making the UBF 2nd gens the blind defenders of Dr. Samuel Lee's false theology.