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Dokdo Pettiness in Space & False Reporting

April 13th, 2008 . by Gerry-Bevers

The following is my translation of a MBC News report entitled: “East-Sea-Dokdo Goes to Space

Anchor: A native Korean bacteria discovered at Dokdo has gone to space with Lee So-yeon. It is said that Lee So-yeon’s experiment on this Dokdo bateria is her most important, secret mission.

Yun Hyo-jong reports.

Reporter: Lee So-yeon is spending most of her time at the International Space Station conducting a variety of experiments. Among them is the cultivation of “Donghae-Dokdo,” which is a bacteria native to Korea. 

The experiment has symbolic meaning since Korea’s first astronaut is conducting the first experiment in space of a bacteria first discovered on Dokdo. However, Japan has claimed that the experiment was clearly politically motivated and demanded that it be ceased, which is why the experiment was conducted in secret.

Because of this problem, the government is not releasing information, as originally planned, on a kimchi lactic acid bateria experiment, which is another key mission.

Ms. Lee is scheduled to continue the “Donghae-Dokdo” experiment until she returns to earth in nine days.

This afternoon, Ms. Lee So-yeon will continue to conduct experiments using a “space scale,” developed with our technology, and experiments on fruit flies, and the measurement of pressure on the eyeball.

Also,  tomorrow at 4:30 a.m. (our time), Ms. Lee will greet “Astronaut Day” by feasting with the other astronauts on kimchi, soybean soup, and other Korean space foods.

MBC News, Yun Hyo-jeong

According to THIS Korean article, the Korean Ministry of Education, Science and Technology has come out and said that Korea and Japan have not had any disagreement on the experiments on the bacteria discovered on Dokdo, and that there is no truth whatsoever to media reports that Japan has demanded that Korea end the experiment because “it is clearly politically motivated.”


6 Responses to “Dokdo Pettiness in Space & False Reporting”

  1. comment number 1 by: YoshoMasaki

    Personally, I think the “finger-chopping wacky” label is a bit too much for this particular story, but that could just be me.

  2. comment number 2 by: Gerry-Bevers

    YoshoMasaki,

    I do not know if it fits the “finger-chopping wacky” category, but can you not agree that it sounded just a little wacky to refer to Ms. Lee’s Dokdo bacteria experiment as her “most important, secret mission” because Japan had demanded that the experiment not be conducted, which, it turns out, Japan did not do?

    Also, don’t you think it is, at least, a little wacky that the report claimed that the Korean government was not releasing information on Ms. Lee’s kimchi experiment because of the flap over the Dokdo bacteria experiment? What do the two have in common? Are experiments with Korean kimchi really such a sensitive diplomatic issue?

    The Korean Ministry of Education has come out and said that none of the story is true, which makes me wonder who came up with such a “wacky” story and what their reasons were for doing it.

    My theory is that the Korean government and her media had hoped the Dokdo bacteria experiment would piss off Japan, at least a little, but when Japan did not get pissed off or showed little or no interest in the experiment, some in the Korean media were disappointed and decided to engage in a little creative reporting. Afterall, if the experiment did not piss off Japan, then wouldn’t it be considered a failed experiment in the minds of some Koreans?

    None of that sounds even just a little bit wacky to you? Or is it my theory that sounds wacky?

    Here is a link to a SBS News report on the Korean Ministry of Education’s denying that Korea and Japan had any disagreements on the Dokdo bacteria experiment.

    http://news.sbs.co.kr/section_news/news_read.jsp?news_id=N1000403178

  3. comment number 3 by: ponta.

    My theory is that the Korean government and her media had hoped the Dokdo bacteria experiment would piss off Japan, at least a little, but when Japan did not get pissed off or showed little or no interest in the experiment, some in the Korean media were disappointed and decided to engage in a little creative reporting.

    Hmmm That makes sense. You are genius in deciphering the psychology of Korean mind.
    Let me ask you. Are there no Korean who are afraid the more Korean intellectuals write an article like this the more they look stupid?
    And another question, a hundred years later, do you think Koreans will be abashed at this attitude toward Japan?

  4. comment number 4 by: Brian

    Or is it my theory that sounds wacky?

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    Post after post and you still don’t get this truth? lol.
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    Gerrybever, please leave Korea and go kiss some ass in Japan. Thanks.

  5. comment number 5 by: Ocebey

    Well regardless of what the truth is the fact that the name of the bacteria would be Donghae-Dokdo does strike me as kind of stupid. What’s next? Dokdo-Cola? Dokdo-Land? Dokdo-Ramen? It seems theses days that every roads lead to Dokdo-Takeshima…

  6. comment number 6 by: ponta.

    http://www.japanprobe.com/?p=4278#comment-160313

    This post was mentioned on Japan Probe.