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Google gets it wrong again

August 30th, 2005 . by Matt

This is a follow up to ‘Google Earth Calls ‘Sea of Japan’ the ‘East Sea’. This time Google is taking a position that there are two seas, one Sea of Japan and one East Sea.

Google Sea

There is only one sea in that area. Saying there are two makes it even more confusing than calling it the ‘East Sea’. The way Google has tried to solve this will satisfy no one.

The truth about the

August 29th, 2005 . by Matt

With the so called ‘Korean Wave’ flooding Japan, I have often wondered why it is that I am unable to come across Japanese people that like the Korean actors and singers representing the Korean Wave (in Japan its called ‘The Korean Boom’). This, despite dealing with Japanese people, especially girls in their late teens and early 20’s, on a daily basis. Indeed, most have told me that they were uninterested in the Korean Wave.

Reading the Korean media about the Korean Wave, it is easy to be fooled. With Korean articles with unlikely titles like ‘What is it about Korean Men that Japanese Women Adore?’, and claims that Japanese women are going crazy over Korean stars, it is worth examining just who these women are. Do we dare believe the Korean media?

Warning: This post may offend some people, so keep in mind that it is not the intention of the author to insult, just to make fun of the Korean media. Read on at your own risk!

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Korean Church Members in Sydney Beat Girl

August 27th, 2005 . by Matt

3 Korean church members in Sydney have been sentenced for beating up a Korean girl (a foreign student) for not attending church regularly. This church is located just 20 minutes drive from my apartment.

A PASTOR and two Bible studies teachers bashed a 19-year-old Korean woman because they thought she had been disrespectful to her parents and had stopped attending church.

Chi Yeong Yun, a junior pastor at the Open Door Presbyterian Church in Chatswood, and Bible study teachers James Kang and Tom Chae-Young Lee pleaded guilty yesterday to assaulting Angela Kim at a park at Sydney’s Bobbin Head in July last year.

The NSW District Court heard the men believed the young woman had stopped going to church, had been disrespectful to her elders and had been spending too much time on her web page.

Kang, who the court heard stood 180cm tall and weighed more than 130kg, had telephoned Ms Kim at the request of Yun and arranged to meet her at Waitara railway station in northern Sydney.

Kang and his friend Lee picked her up about 9pm and drove her to the Bobbin Head park where they and Yun beat her and kicked her over a two-hour period.

She suffered extensive bruising to her head, arms, buttocks and legs.

Sounds like a pretty serious beating to me. It goes on –

Kang said he had taken the girl to the park with the intention of discussing her “problems” with the pastor, Yun.

He said it had been his intention to help the girl but the situation “just got out of hand”.

In the days after he bashed Ms Kim, Kang went to her house and destroyed her portable CD player.

“I broke the CD player because I was angry that Angela, she didn’t keep her promise,” he said.

“She had promised us and herself that she would behave good … and close down her web page that she was spending a lot of time on.”

If some religious types tried to make me close down occidentalism.org, I would…

All three men said they now realised what they had done was wrong and against the law.

“For a person like me, 180cm, 130kg, it’s just not hard hitting a girl. Hitting a girl, it just isn’t right,” Kang said.

180cm and 130kg? I am 178cm and 75kg. It seems that this ‘bible studies teacher’ missed the part in the bible that warns against gluttony.

He said he had heard through the Open Door Church that Ms Kim had “showed disrespect to her parents, and did some trouble”.

“She had no idea of respect, she was just hanging around with her friends,” Lee said.

In the meantime, an article in the Korean Naver News attempted to justify the attack, saying that the ‘church members were treating her like a family member’, and that ‘the harsh Australian justice system does not take into account Korean sentiments or culture’. Interestingly, according to the Korean article, the parents of the victim picked up the legal bill for the church members. I think the best answer to that nonsense was in the judgement of the presiding judge.

Acting Judge Gibson today sentenced the men from Chatswood’s Korean Open Door Presbyterian Church to prison terms of up to one year, saying protecting their culture was not an excuse to break the law.

He told the men their steps to stop their culture being eroded could not be taken against women, who could not be coerced or beaten to comply.

I would add that if the ‘harsh Australian justice system’ is too much for them, there is always a place they can return to where such behavior is still acceptable.

The fact is that this girl probably did nothing to deserve this kind of beating (as if there could be any justification). We dont really know what brought about the beating except that she wasnt attending church ‘regularly’, spent too much time on her webpage, and hanging around with her friends. I think it is also cogent to point out that often for Korean christians in Sydney, ‘regular church going’ is not just attending church on Sunday, but can be as much as 4 times a week.

Kushibo, commenting on The Marmots Hole hit the nail right on the head when he responded to another poster trying to justify the church members actions –

And how do we know she was doing something as severe as what you say? I know Korean or kyopo parents who have freaked out because their daughter or son was dating a non-Korean, was not getting straight A’s, or was thinking of taking a year off after high school. Some of them wanted to resort to force or near-kidnapping. What was this conservative mother’s threshold?

With this I strongly agree and it also matches my personal experience. In the past I had a Korean girlfriend that attended Korean church services in Sydney, and they also would have freaked out if they knew that we were dating. A great many of the church members and clergy also seemed to think that the church was a dating agency between local, naturalised Koreans, and foreign students, considering the number of church members and clergy that were pushing hard to get a date with her (she was hot!). Fortunately, as soon as she moved out of her uncles place, she stopped attending that church.

Another Korean church in Sydney had interesting teachings against miscegenation.

Koreans in Korea are always telling foreigners ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’, but why is it that Koreans in foreign countries never feel this saying applies to them?

Japanese Repentence Marathon?

August 26th, 2005 . by Matt

not sorry

The Joongang Daily among other Korean media organs have been reporting that a ‘Japanese Repentence Marathon’ involving 13 Japanese people took place on the 17th of August in Seoul to apologise for Japanese militarism. Since then, similar articles have been run by MBC, Yonhap, and you can see the TV broadcast of the story on KBS.

Unfortunately, this is another crazy case of Koreans making up stories again. According to the organisers of the event, it was a ‘Peace Run’, not a ‘Repentence Marathon’. The peace run took place because 2005 is the Friendship Year between Korea and Japan.

The organisers of the marathon had 8 points of contention with the Joongang Daily article, which were –

1. The article claims that it was a ‘Repetence Marathon’, when it was actually called a ‘Peace Run’.

2. The article claimed that one of the runners was filled with emotion and cried “Peace!” – the organisers say that didnt happen.

3. The article claimed that the runners “felt they had to apologise for their ancestors past misdoing”. The organisers say this is just conjecture by the writer of the article.

4. The article claimed that they “Attended Buddhist services to apologise for Japanese Imperial agression”. The organisers say they offered flowers, lit incense and offered a silent prayer for the dead.

5. “After Professor Watanabe visited Sodaemun prison alone last year, he said that he had worried about how to apologise to the Korean people about what happened in the past”. In fact, Professor Watanabe indeed went to Sodaemun prison, with another teacher, and never made any such comment.

6. “Professor Watanabe said that Japan ruled Korea and as a result was tragically split in two”. In fact, Professor Watanabe did say that “Japan ruled Korea’, and that ‘Korea was tragically split in two”, but he did not mention any causal relationship between the two, separate statements, in contrast to the way he was quoted.

7. “Once Korea is reunified, we want to hold another ‘Repetence Marathon’ to Pyongyang”. In fact, they did not mention anything about reunification, just that they would like to hold another ‘Peace Run’ once or twice more.

8. “Visually impaired Mr Tadashi Miyagi (44) said that ‘Japan must reflect on its militarism, and pray for Korean unification'”. In fact, Mr Miyagi was accompanied by another runner at all times because he is visually impaired, and that runner said Mr Miyagi said nothing of the sort. Mr Miyagi actually said “I was born after the war, so I dont know much about it. I participated in this run to learn about it, and to pass the knowledge on to the children”. (Mr Miyagi also says in the KBS televised interview that “I wanted to boost my awareness of peace, and thats why I am participating”)

Amazing. The Koreans were able to take a ‘Peace Run’ in the Korean-Japanese Friendship Year, and turn it into an opportunity for anti Japanese activism. I cant help but think that any attempt at sincere friendship with Koreans is wasted.

Google Earth Calls ‘Sea of Japan’ the ‘East Sea’

August 19th, 2005 . by Matt

The Marmot found this story describing how Korean netizens managed to convince google earth into changing the ‘Sea of Japan’ to the ‘East Sea’.

sea of japan
Google Earth has placed the Sea of Japan, used by 99% of the people on the planet to describe that sea, in brackets. What on earth are they thinking?

Out of 193 countries in the world, only Korea (South and North) describes the body of water separated from the Pacific Ocean by Japan as the ‘East Sea’. All the other countries rightly call it the ‘Sea of Japan’.

Not only is the ‘Sea of Japan’ a well established name, it also adheres to basic naming conventions because if Japanese archipelago were non existent, there would be no sea to speak of, only the Pacific Ocean. Going further, the ‘Sea of Japan’ is the official name and is accepted such by the UN and the International Hydrographic Organization. Lets look at this in point form.

1. The Sea of Japan is the official name recognised by the UN.

2. The Sea of Japan is the name it is known as by pretty much all English speakers.

3. Calling that sea the ‘East Sea’ does not make sense as the ‘East Sea’ is not the English name for that seas, but rather a translation from the Korean name.

4. The ‘East Sea’ gives no hint of the seas geographical location, but calling it the ‘Sea of Japan’ makes it instantly recognizable to everyone.

5. Without Japan, there would be no sea. Calling it the ‘East Sea’ makes no sense considering it is a mariginal sea.

7. A study of 1,435 maps published between 1300 and 1900 at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration by the Geographical Survey Institute of Japan revealed that 1,110 out of 1,435 maps use ‘Sea of Japan’.

8. Virtually no one outside Korea knows where the ‘East Sea’ is. The majority of publications on the internet or in print refer to it as the ‘Sea of Japan.

9. There are four countries that border the Sea of Japan and the two (Japan and Russia) that call it Sea of Japan have a greater coastline and population along the sea than the two countries (South and North Korea) that call it East Sea (East Sea of Korea). To Russia, the Sea of Japan is south and to Japan it is to the west. That being considered, why should Korea claim any special rights to the naming of that sea? This ‘East Sea’ is east of Korea only, and shows partisan Korean ethnocentrism.

10. The UN made a decision in 2004 regarding the international use of the ‘Sea of Japan’. As far as the international community is concerned, the body of water is officially reconfirmed as the ‘Sea of Japan’. For UN documents, only the ‘Sea of Japan’ is used – ‘East Sea’ is not even in brackets.

There is absolutely no reason for people in the west to have to consider narrow Korean reasoning when deciding what to call places, things or anything else in English. No one is telling Koreans that they cant use the ‘East Sea’ to describe the ‘Sea of Japan’ if they want to, but I say hands off the English language!

Lets hope that google earth comes to its senses.

Thoughts on VJ Day

August 13th, 2005 . by Matt

The Japanese government surrenders on the USS Missouri

The 15th of August will mark Victory over Japan Day. More than anything, this year will not be one of celebration, but one of mild surprise that the allied powers and Japan that once fought against each other so fiercely are so closely allied now. It also marks the 60th year in which Japan has been a perfect member of the international community of nations.

Is 60 years enough to forgive and forget? It certainly is for the western countries that did the bulk of the fighting against Japan (China fought longer, but had very few victories). Japanese that were born in 1945 will now be 60 years old, and yet certain countries in Asia continue to demand apologies and compensation, even after apologies have been given and compensation paid. Why do they continue to antagonise a country in which 99% of the people had nothing to do with the war?

As my tribute to the day and to peace, I would like to offer up a sad Japanese song about the war. Listening to the song, you realise that even men sent off to die still had hopes and dreams, and were human beings not just killing machines. It is called ‘tokkoutai bushi’ (right click and save to download). Lets forgive and forget, and look to good relations in the future rather than dwelling in the past.

The Lyrics


燃料片道 テンツルシャン 涙で積んで 
行くは琉球 死出の旅 エーエ 死出のたび

地上離れりや テンツルシャン この世の別れ
想ひだします 母の顏 エーエ 母の顏

雨よ降れ降れ テンツルシャン せめても雨よ
整備する身の この辛さ エーエ この辛さ

Outrageous anti foreigner article

August 10th, 2005 . by Matt

foreign man korean women
Foreign man with Korean women in both arms

A previous post, ‘Anti Foreigner feeling in Korea’ touched on Korean xenophobic attitudes towards foreigners dating Korean women. Now Naver News is continuing to try to stir up anti foreigner hysteria by claiming that the foreign presence in the Hongik University area is destroying Korean morals and is leading to undesirable relationships between Korean women and foreign men. The article was discovered and translated by marmot, which is always an interesting read. Below is marmots translation of the article.

The number of foreigners walking up and down in front of Hongik University is increasing. Clubs with foreign DJs are enjoying a boom, and there are more and more Korean women visiting these and particular clubs for “booking”. The clubs in front of the Hongik University, known as the birthplace of Korea’s indie culture, are transforming in a foreigner’s “paradise for hunting women.”

As recently as the 2002 incident in which two middle school girls were killed by a U.S. military vehicle, the clubs in front of Hongik University were known as a “no-entry” area for U.S. soldiers. Foreign English teachers and foreign business folk like those who worked for financial firms in Yeouido were also banned from entry. An official with the Hongik University Club Federation said, “I remember the ban on U.S. soldiers as a measure taken out of consideration for public sentiment when the soldiers were found not guilty [in the 2002 armored vehicle incident]… The initial goal was to try to stop unfortunate incidents caused by U.S. soldiers from occuring.”

Afterwards, the flow of foreigners to the Hongik area stopped. Local residents openly complained that the Hongik area had been ruined “because of the U.S. soldiers and foreigners,” and club officials thoroughly put an end to the improper foreign club culture. The situation has changed, however. In 2003, the Hongik clubs began hiring foreign DJs and bands, and foreigners once again began heading to the area.

On official with one club in the area said, “It appears that as Korean women thinking of marrying foreigners and women who studied abroad flock to Hongik area, the number of foreigners is also increasing… We started performances by foreign bands in order to give the place a foreign atmosphere without having to go abroad.”

The reason why these women flock to the place, which seemed to have developed a healthy foreigner culture as foreigners became the norm there, is because the number of foreigners “who want to meet ‘real Koreans’” has increased. Ms. Lee, a 30-year-old who studied abroad, said, “Hongik has now become a ‘meeting place’ to meet with foreigners, with the number of younger women dating foreigners on the rise… There are also countless women coming to the area to engage in booking with foreign men.”

Hongdae is now an area hot with youthful passion that has degenerated from being mixed up with foreigners. As the recent act of indecent exposure by a punk band on live TV showed, the diversity and individuality of the area in front of Hongik University is nowhere to be found. As the number of foreigners with more of an interest in booking and one night stands than in the music increases, there are many women coming to the clubs in search of “blue-eyed men.”

The foreign men and Korean women enjoy heading to Picasso Street and “M” and “A” clubs. One foreign English teacher working in Gangnam said, “The area in front of Hongik University is the only place in Korea where we can meet girlfriends… There’s a general trend for Korean women to come up to you to talk, even if you’re just sitting in a club.”

Obviously this article is meant to stir up anti foreigner feeling, and is unfortunately a totally acceptable form of journalism in Korea.

A foreign resisident in Korea and fellow despoiler of Korean maidenhood who is fed up with Korean prejudice against international couples wrote the below letter to the writer of the article and the people involved in publishing it. Not only is Dogbert extremely popular with the local ladies, but he is very fluent in Korean (better than myself by several magnitudes).

Dogberts letter

김지만 기자님 안녕하세요?

제가 방금 김 기자님 무책임하게 쓰신 기사를 봤습니다.

이런 주제는 정말 “누스”라고 생각하십니까?

제가 알게에는 한국여자는 서양인 남자와의 관계는 불법 아닙니다. 저의 이해 하기는 틀립니까?

사적인 관계는 왜 토론 만들으세요? 제가 알고 싶습니다.

그리고 제가 알기에는 수많은 한국남자는 백인여자랑 단지 섹스 관계 만들고 싶어합니다. 기자님의 생각에는 그 것도 “뉴스” 아닙니까?

위선이 아닙니까?

반미나 반서양남자 감정을 분기 시키기 전에 북미나 서구에서 한국사람 몇 백만 명 살고 있는 것을 생각하셨으면 좋겠어요.

토종인 (우리들은 우리나라에는 “외국인” 아니란 것은 명심하세요)들은 이런 글은 좋아할 것 같나요? 아니면 인정차별주의자 한국사람들을 실어할까요?

아므튼 같은 한국인 남자라도 herald.m의 발행자께 엄한 이의를 넣겠습니다

My Translation (if it loses its eloquence, it is because of my poor translation)
“To the writer, Kim Jiman,

Mr Kim, I just read the irresponsible article written by you. Do you really think this kind of subject can be considered real ‘news’?

It is my understanding that relationships between Korean women and foreign men is not illegal. Am I incorrect?

Why do you try to make private relationships an issue? I would like to know.

I also know that a great many Korean men want to form sexual relationships with white women. In your opinion, is not that also ‘news’ that should be printed? Is that not hypocrisy?

Before stirring negative feelings against the men of America or other western countries, you should consider that millions of Koreans live in North America and Western Europe.

Do you think Westerners living in Western countries (keep in mind that we are not “foreigners” in our own countries) will appreciate this sort of article?. Or have the have the Korean proponents of institutionalized racism forgotten these words?

In any event, I plan to send a strong complaint to the publishers of Herald.M.”

If you are a foreigner dating a Korean girl, then you can be hassled anytime for no reason at all. I rememember 5 years ago it even happened in Sydney, Australia, when I didnt speak Korean. I was with a Korean female friend in a bar in sydney. We were approach by a what looked like a Korean english language student. He talked to my friend but I couldnt understand what he was saying. The conversation went on for about 10 minutes. She told me later what he said:

“Excuse me. If you dont mind id like to talk to you for a moment. It seems that you are associating with this foreigner. I dont know what kind of relationship you are in but i want to tell you not to disgrace the Korean race by dating him. All the foreigners want to do is have sex with Korean girls anyway. I know you probably want to learn english but I would advise you to stay away from him” ad nauseum

Most of the foreigners I know that live or lived in Korea has experienced exactly the same thing, time and time again. The funny thing is that many non Korean speaking English teachers in Korea are probably not even aware what is happening when it is happening to them.

I dont think this article is an abberation. Rather it is a reflection of the xenophobic nature of Korean society. Fortunately there are many dedicated men like myself, dogbert and many, many other fellows that are determined to break this cycle by engaging in ‘cultural interchange’ with Korean women. So the writer of this article can rest at ease in knowing that Korea will join the 21st century on the issue of inter racial dating.

Fake Atrocity Photos II

August 9th, 2005 . by Matt

A previous thread analysed a fake atrocity photo and showed that it was airbrushed, misattributed and not an atrocity at all. Unfortunately, a few commenters took offence at the deconstruction of lies and denounced me for daring to expose anti Japanese propaganda.

That said, here is another fake atrocity photo used by Koreans. It is from the same Korean site as the other one, and is one of the most popular photos around the Korean net for ‘proving’ Japanese atrocities in Korea. The image can be found here and is reproduced below.

Picture purporting to be a Japanese soldier about to cut the head off a man
The Korean caption says ‘just before execution’

This is supposed to be a Japanese soldier ready to execute a man with his sword. The problems with this photograph are:

*This photo is supposed to have been taken seconds before the chinese man was to be executed, at the soldier prepared for a downward slash to cut off the head at the neck. And yet this soldier has open legs. He would not be able to slash downward and cut off the head in that stance.

*The soldier in the photo is wearing a sleeveless Jacket. He also seems to be wearing a Chinese peasants shirt and his ‘belt’ seems to be a length of rope. No Japanese soldier of any rank would ever wear that kind of attire (It would be a breach of discipline to do so).

*Moreover, this is a composite photograph. Look at the shadow of the soldier with the sword and that of the soldier to his right. The shadows are cast in different directions. Since this is an impossibility, we know that this photo is a crude fake created for anti Japanese propaganda purposes.

Verdict: The soldier in the photo is Chinese and this composite photograph is a crude fake.

I suppose there will now be much wailing and gnashing of teeth by all the usual suspects.

Korean and Japanese Soldiers in Iraq: Korean Soldier Demonstrates ‘Friendship’ 合成写真 합성 사진 

August 6th, 2005 . by Matt

The sign says ‘Dokdo is the territory of the Republic of Korea’

Apparently the Korean soldier maneuvered the Japanese soldiers into taking a ‘friendship photograph’ in order to make this childish political statement, saying that the disputed island between Korea and Japan belongs to Korea. While there has been much joy in Korea about this photograph, Koreans are so self centered that they havent considered this:

*These kind of antics will make it even harder for Japanese to trust Koreans

*Once the Japanese soldiers realize what happened, it will damage their morale and make working with the Koreans in Iraq harder, jeopardizing the mission

*Did the Korean soldiers think about the kind of treatment these Japanese soldiers will now recieve? Even though they were tricked, they will be the subject of much criticism and mockery. Perhaps they will even be punished. Then they will say ‘I made the mistake of trusting Koreans’. What will Koreans say then?

*Japanese people will think twice about extending the hand of friendship to Koreans again

This is a truly disgraceful act. Rather than glorifying this soldier, Koreans should feel ashamed. ***

***Update: Some Korean netizens are saying that the picture is photoshop, some insisting it is real (although only a couple seem to think its a bad idea – indeed, fake or not, most seem to approve). See the controversy here.

***Update2: Mithridates makes a convincing argument that the picture is fake.

***Update3 – The final analysis: According to this site, the software responsible for the altered image was either Canon Powershot or Adobe Photoshop. The uniforms of the Japanese Army that were called into question are apparently genuine. The green garb means that they are intending not to fight in the desert, and shows peaceful intentions. Also on the Japanese version of Naver, some Japanese guys demonstrated the technique. Still, it left behind a lot of angry people, here, here, and here.

So we know the photo is fake. My last post should have kept me on guard for Korean fake photos, yet for a while, I was taken in. The lesson is still the same as what I wrote above – it becomes harder to trust Koreans. Luckily, I caught it within around an hour of posting.

Fake Atrocity Photos

August 5th, 2005 . by Matt

Often Koreans will point to photographic ‘evidence’ of Japanese crimes in Korea. As far as I can see, most of the atrocities are either misattributed to the Japanese or are composite photos. Using ‘Japanflag’, a Korean purveyor of fake atrocity photos, lets take a look at one and analyse it.

Photograph purporting to be a rape of a woman

The Korean caption says ‘Woman being raped by Japanese soldier and then had her internal organs torn out’
This picture can be found here. To all appearances, it seems to be a picture of a Japanese soldier having taken a naked picture of a woman after perhaps raping her. It looks like they are outdoors. After that, it seems he murdered her. Here is the same picture of the bottom left side, enlarged.


But of course, Koreans dont have any real actrocities to claim, so they are forced to make them up. Here is the real picture before they altered it.

You can see that the photo by the Koreans is touched up to make it seem like they are outdoors, when they are actually indoors. The Korean photo has been cut to conceal the man on the right. In fact, that Japanese soldier has gone to a brothel to pay for sex, and in the real photo you can see the Chinese owner of the brothel on the right. So it is not a rape at all, it is a souvenir photo. Boorish perhaps, but not a crime. The other picture could be anyone at all (for all we know, the victim could be Japanese). In anycase, that photo was not taken in Korea, it was taken in China.

There were numerous other photos on that site that are verifiable fakes. However, they fit in with the false history being peddled by Korea.

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