A commenter on www.facebook.com, Karen G. Lee has offered criticism of Occidentalism. I just want to show this without commenting to much. I want Occidentalism readers to give their opinions on this.
I am partly shocked, frustrated, and mostly saddened by this forum. And I am saying this as a person, and not as a Korean citizen and definitely NOT as a Korean nationalist. I know that there’s 2ch, a Japanese forum that openly attacks Korea and holds extreme anti-Korean comments, but wow, even in English sites! I didn’t know such thing existed; A site full of extreme cynicism and full of distort and devaluation about Korea.
What I found funny from this site is though, I wouldn’t mine if this site openly claims that it is an anti-Korean site; however, it continuously denies its role of degrading Korea. They always say “how is this site degrading Korea?” And they try to justify it. Funny, even non-Koreans found and noticed that one post after another held negative comments about Korea and offensive materials. It’s also funny that Koreans can’t really express their views openly because, one occasion, pro-Korean view was expressed, and that person was labeled as a troll, comments got deleted, and later got kicked out. So how is that a forum that opens up a diverse discussion? if pro-Korean ideas (and not even downright korean nationalistic view but mere facts and statistics),they say, “you must be a Korean liar, ultra-Korean nationalist”, or “I smell Kimuchi…”
And I found this even more scary, that these people have extensive data, which are very one-sided researched, got off from anti-Korean sites, or news about Korea that only shows very negative parts of Korea, or some are just downright stupid, downright subjective, and downright anti-korean (but ironically, they are never trolls, Nope Nope). For people new to Korea, it is possible that they might believe these threads and find them legitimate and true. Because believe it or not, they do present their discussions logically, but very anti-Korean and some very subjective. I am afraid that people who don’t know Korea will see Korea through these peoples’ one-sided comments.
Interestingly, they NEVER say they hate Korea outright. They all pose as nice and intelligent guys that are trying to show Other side of Korea and say they are trying to open up Koreans’ narrow minded views, Koreas are copy, dirty nation, degrade our historical heros(and these are the partly better comments by them), but underneath, they say all the offensive and negative comments they could think of! The cynicism is very much embedded. And it makes me truly disgusted. (by now I am definitely labeled as an ultra korean-nationalist! according to them! lol,,,)
Also, obviously these people have way too much interest in Korea, and they seem to know more Korean history than I do. (well, but sadly, only the very negative parts). I am not really sure what they are trying to promote… and trying to get out of through degrading and stepping on another person’s nation.
But, honestly, I never knew that Korea was this much hated and ridiculed. It really upsets me. Their comments really made me tear up and cry.
(And not only here, but also in youtube..have you noticed that anything, and i mean anything bad happens in Korea, it could be any country too, but these videos are posted in youtube like 5 mintues later with Japanese writings on it??? and they are probably not even Japanese, or perhaps they are,,,we can never know). Is Korea really that bad? Did we really do so much wrong to you people? Why do people work so hard making up anti-korean videos? why do they spend so much time spreading hate into this world? seriously I didn’t want to go this far, but these feelings have been accumulated over some times.
Well, please I really suggest people to check out this site! And judge for yourselves. And read their comments!
Thanks for the post about the Gerry B guy. < --- this man is a very active member in this forum.. the ELS english teacher that did not get his contract renewal due to dokdo issue. (he also write about very one-sided dokdo views extensivley).
Ironically, he kept (and this is his defense) saying in his posts that he loves Korean people, and Korea. But honestly, how can he say that when he spends hours and hours trying to disprove and break what every Korean holds so dearly? How can he say that when he spends hours and hours trying to break Korean image, distort Korean history by displaying only one extreme view? Why not at least present both korean and japanese sides? not just Japanese? he is a bigot and his motives are clearly designed to slander Korea... no??
Honestly, how is that loving Korea?
The only thing I will say is that people with opposing opinions do not get banned here, and she is sadly and unfortunately mistaken about that. I am posting here because I am unable to comment over there.
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