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According to Homer Hulbert, (some) Korean women used to prefer younger, dead spouses

December 2nd, 2011 . by Errol

A quote from the famous Robert Neff column in The Korea Times.

“Fortune tellers were often consulted prior to a marriage. If the fortune teller announced that the young bride-to-be would be widowed at a young age, drastic measures were sometimes taken.

According to Homer Hulbert, an early Korean historian, on the day prior to the wedding, a young boy would be lured into the bride-to-be’s home where he would be forced to take part in a mock wedding.

Once the sham ceremony was concluded, the boy was quickly strangled in the belief that his death fulfilled the prophecy of the woman becoming a widow.”

The Korea Times, 2 December, 2011

‘But not all women were married and for this they were punished ― not only while they were living but also after they had died. Unmarried women in Jeolla Province were sometimes buried in the middle of roads and paths.

As one writer described it, “the life of a girl who dies unmarried is an utter and complete failure, a disappointment only; therefore it is to be expected that in the next world her spirit will be restless and revengeful. To prevent this, she is not buried on a hillside among those whose lives have been happy and prosperous, but in the center of the public road, where all passers-by may trample her spirit under their feet and thus keep it in subjection.”

How Stalin and Mao colluded to carve up the Korean Peninsula

November 19th, 2011 . by Errol

Lee Chong-sik, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Pennsylvania was interviewed by The Joongang Ilbo about his views on Stalin’s role in instigating the Korean War.

Here’s the cutdown version.

In Manchuria, the Chinese Communist Party engaged in a fierce civil war with Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Party. By August 1945, Stalin had decided that the Communists could not win. As such, he encouraged them to stop fighting while he sought ways of forming a secret alliance with the Kuomintang.

But this all changed after the London Conference, when Soviet-U.S. ties switched from a framework of cooperation to confrontation. Stalin even ordered China’s 300,000 Communist Party soldiers to be dispatched to Manchuria. This led to intense fighting between the Communist Party troops backed by the Soviets, and the Nationalist Party troops backed by the United States.

In the beginning, the nationalists lost ground, but they managed to turn the tide by mobilizing more soldiers. The Communist Party troops retreated to the region now known as North Korea in May 1946.

North Korea was [then] turned into a rear base for the Chinese Communist Party from May 1946 at the order of Stalin, and the North became involved in China’s internal war. Just as Manchuria was off-limits to U.S. forces during the Korean War, North Korea, between May 1946 and 1948, was a sort of a holy place that could not be trespassed on by the national party.

The Communist troops were reorganized in the North and trained by Soviet forces. Due to Stalin’s desire to use the region as a rear base for China’s Communist Party, the division of the Korean Peninsula seems to have been inevitable.

Chinese Civil War: Sept-Nov 1948. History Department of the United States Military Academy

Chinese Civil War: Sept-Nov 1948. US Military Academy History Department

Hongik Grad Student Slays Samsung Lion

October 31st, 2011 . by Errol

Unique Motto, the one man company of Lee Jong-gil, a Hongik University graduate student, signed a contract with Samsung Electronics for the period between March 2009 and 2010.

The contract was for pattern designs for home appliances. Lee objected to Samsung infringing his name display rights on three of his patterns: “Queen’s Garden,” “Windflower,” and “Cezanne 2″ by replacing his name with the name of British designer Karen Little. Seongdong District Court has now rectified this historical error by awarding compensation of 30 million won to Lee.

Little was also allegedly given a large donation by a Samsung scion, for work rendered by Lee.

Hallyu for Japan and Vietnam
English roses for the locals
That’s the way of Han

Korean courts quit kow towing to cashed up chaebol.

Taiwanese old man testimony

September 7th, 2009 . by Matt

This Taiwanese old man is testifying about comfort women, and obviously the testimony he is giving is not even remotely close to the claims that some former comfort women are making (or others are making on their behalf).

Does anyone know how to add subtitles to videos?

More occidentalism commentary on the comfort women.

USFK comfort women

Korea Registered “Comfort Women” for UN Soldiers

“Jamae”: Selling Oneself into Slavery

King Sejong Ordered Comfort Women for His Troops

Comfort woman gives contradictory testimony

More contradictory comfort woman testimony

Background of the 1993 apology to comfort women

China removes fake atrocity photos from museum

January 26th, 2009 . by Matt

Ampontan writes here about the Chinese removing fake atrocity photos from one of their museums in Nanjing.

I wrote about these kinds of fake photos, here, here and here, way back in 2005. The last one is specifically mentioned in the article as being removed.

The Japanese empire of old is dead and buried, as Ampontan says. I think that is an important fact to consider when witnessing the rage that Japan seems to evoke in some circles.

Foreign English teacher asserts Korean sovereignty over the Liancourt Rocks

October 21st, 2008 . by Matt

From the Korea Times. This letter writer seems to have bought all of the false arguments about Takeshima/Dokdo.

Dear editor,

Though it seems late to voice such an opinion, Japan’s claim to Dokdo is historical, geographical and legal idiocy. The only result of Japan’s claim to Dokdo has been to intensify an already strained relationship between Tokyo and Seoul.

Even a layman who knows how to turn on the news or click around the Internet should come to the obvious conclusion that Dokdo belongs to Korea.

First, Korea claimed Dokdo in 512. Japan did so in 1905 under an imperialist policy.

Second, various maps, from ancient to modern and from France to Japan, show Dokdo as Korean territory.

Third, and most legally important, the Cairo Conference of 1943 declared that Japan would be expelled from all territory taken by violence and greed.

It is no historical secret that Japan was defeated by the Allies in 1945, and was thus required to return all territories acquired through force.

While Japan appears to have some legitimate claims to Dokdo, they all fail when placed under even light scrutiny. In fact, most of Japan’s assertions are ridiculous.

They range from allegations that Koreans were unaware of Dokdo’s existence to allegations that Dokdo could not be found on Korean maps: ridiculous.

Essentially, based on Japan’s use of logic they should annex all of Korea and everything else they acquired in the early 1900s.

Any person aware of the Dokdo issue should ask a simple question: “Why is Japan still trying to claim Dokdo?” All countries want more fishing rights, but what is Japan hoping to accomplish by claiming the islets that are indubitably Korea’s? Japan’s actions are nonsense.

Firstly, his first point happens to be totally incorrect. Korea didn’t claim Takeshima/Dokdo in 512 AD – a look at the documents supposedly supporting that claim reveals the assertion is nonsense. Japan’s claim on Takeshima/Dokdo in 1905 was a formality to cement their sovereignty over the island in accordance with international (meaning western) law. Before that Japan had a long association with the rocks, including knowledge of it’s location and land usage. However, being an uninhabited island, sovereignty could not be determined at first glance, so Shimane Prefecture took steps to incorporate the Liancourt Rocks into it’s territory.

The Liancourt Rocks were not gained by force, and indeed, there was no conflict or war of words over them at all. If the writer of the letter has information that shows the Liancourt Rocks are “indubitably” Korea’s, then he should bring forth this new evidence.

This foreign English teacher should also take note that his opinion is only valued by Koreans for it’s validating effect. This kind of opinion makes him a “good foreigner” while any other type of opinion would make him an “unqualified foreign English teacher” that needs to “study history” and “respect Korea”. The Korean media pushing Dokdo is the same Korean media that is spreading the idea that foreign English teachers in Korea are dope smoking child molesters. Perhaps he will learn someday. It is sad seeing so many foreigners play foreign monkey for Koreans. No self respect at all.

Thanks to MP for the link.

Dokdo controversy over at Marmots

July 17th, 2008 . by Matt

According to this post on marmot, some US university students have been telling Korean kids in Korean schools that Dokdo is Korean territory, as “third party observers”. The way they are quoted seems so stereotypical I wonder if they are actually US students with a Korean background. It just seems very hard for me to see American students making the kind of strident statements they make here.

Anyway, I am over there myth busting in the comments section. There is a guy over there posting all the Dokdo myths.

UPDATE: It didn’t take very long for this hwabyung myth master to start a racist rant against Japanese people after being schooled on Takeshima a few times. Check it out!

Ampontan on the annexation of Korea

June 7th, 2008 . by Matt

Be sure to check out Ampontan’s article about the period of Japanese rule of Korea.

Gerry Bevers newspaper interview

February 19th, 2008 . by Matt

Zero posted this interview with Gerry Bevers, which appeared on February 7th, 2008. Below is Zero’s translation, slightly edited by me.

The excessive anti-Japan movement that took place on March 2005 in Korea has died down now. Shimane prefecture established “the day of Takeshima that year. Mr. Gerry Beaver, a teacher of English at the University near Seoul, who studies the history of Takeshima analyzes the change as follows.

“I think part of the reason for that is that many Koreans have turned their attention toward China and the historical disagreements that exist between China and Korea, but I also think that the Korean government has realized that talking about the history of Takeshima (Dokdo) has done more harm than good since the history supports Japan’s claims on Takeshima.”

He posted articles on the Internet about the Korean old documents and maps that were not in favor of Korean claim, which led him to get fired from the university last year.

” I now have a teaching job at another Korean university that I am very satisfied with. I enjoy living in Korea because Koreans are very friendly people, but the problem is that Koreans seem to think that anyone who disagrees with them on Dokdo (Takeshima) are anti-Korean. That is simply not true.”

Lee Myung-bak will take office as new President on 25th of the next February. He will place more importance upon the relation with Japan.

“I think Lee Myung-bak is a pragmatic politician that wants to improve relations with Japan, and will, therefore, try to avoid making Takeshima (Dokdo) an issue by continuing to pretend that there is no dispute with Japan over the islets. However, there are still anti-Japanese groups in Korea that he may sometimes have to appease in someway, so the issue may still come up.”

While anti-Japan movement has died down, Korea still seems to assert her claims on Takeshima by doing such things as setting up polling booths, the Japanese government hasn’t done anything to speak of.

“There are hardcore anti-Japan advocates in Korea.

Old documents and maps clearly support Japan’s historical claims on Takeshima, so the Japanese government needs to stop being so passive about this issue and start translating and writing the books and brochures that will prove their claims to the world because I am almost positive that Korean historians will continue to distort the facts to support their false claims. However, telling the truth about the history and settling the dispute are two different things.”

Gerry has studied the history of takehsima for 3 years since he felt something wrong with anti-Japan sentiments in Korea. He is confident that there is no evidence that Takeshima is Korean territory.

“I have pretty much answered all the questions I had about the Takeshima-Dokdo issue, so I am not really doing any new research right now. What I want to do now is to review and organize the information I do have because I am thinking about writing a book. I think I have learned the truth about Takeshima, and I want others to know it, too. “

Gerry Bevers Interview
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Interesting interview with WW2 veteran Robert B. Stinnett

December 11th, 2007 . by Matt

This is an interview from Antiwar.com radio. It gives a fascinating background of politicking in the lead up to America’s entry into WW2.

The main thrust of the interview was the discovery by Stinnett of the McCollum memo, in which it recommends that the US government put put into effect a number of policies that will provoke the Japanese into declaring war on the US to facilitate the US entry into WW2.

The policies are below –

9. It is not believed that in the present state of political opinion the United States government is capable of declaring war against Japan without more ado; and it is barely possible that vigorous action on our part might lead the Japanese to modify their attitude. Therefore, the following course of action is suggested:

* A. Make an arrangement with Britain for the use of British bases in the Pacific, particularly Singapore.
* B. Make an arrangement with Holland for the use of base facilities and acquisition of supplies in the Dutch East Indies.
* C. Give all possible aid to the Chinese government of Chiang-Kai-Shek.
* D. Send a division of long range heavy cruisers to the Orient, Philippines, or Singapore.
* E. Send two divisions of submarines to the Orient.
* F. Keep the main strength of the U.S. fleet now in the Pacific in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands.
* G. Insist that the Dutch refuse to grant Japanese demands for undue economic concessions, particularly oil.
* H. Completely embargo all U.S. trade with Japan, in collaboration with a similar embargo imposed by the British Empire.

10. If by these means Japan could be led to commit an overt act of war, so much the better. At all events we must be fully prepared to accept the threat of war.

As far as I know, all of these things happened, and the Japanese did indeed declare war on the US.

Just click on the play button below to listen.

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