Occidentalism
Duc, sequere, aut de via decede!

Korea’s answer to Kenkanryu – Hyomilryu (혐일류)

March 9th, 2006 . by Matt

hyomilryu kennichiryu
The text on the cover says “It is an order! Just try to copy half of half of half of what Germany did!”

I have managed to get my hands on about half of ‘The Hate Japan Wave‘, which has been scanned on to the internet.

If you were expecting Korean counter arguments to what was in Kenkanryu, you are not going to get it. Indeed, reading Hyomilryu makes you wonder if the author even bothered to read Kenkanryu, as Kenkanryu debunks the few arguments he bothers to make. Most of Hyomilryu seems to be racial abuse against Japanese, when there was nothing like that towards Koreans in Kenkanyu. The proof is in the pudding, so lets take a look at Hyomilryu.

hyomilryu kennnichiryu

hyomilryu kennnichiryu

Without mentioning the toilet outrage, it is obvious this guy knows nothing about the Japanese language. The Japanese language has an extensive and complicated system of honorifics. (original Korean 1,2)

hyomilryu kennnichiryu

hyomilryu kennnichiryu

hyomilryu kennnichiryu

I doubt this is really really the case, as travelers to Choson era Korea like Isabella Bird described human fecal matter on the streets, and people also handling the fecal matter. Furthermore, people in Korea at the time simply did not wear colorful clothing like that. (original Korean 1,2,3)

This next one is one of my favorites – an extreme example of wishful thinking and inferiority complex in play.

hyomilryu kennnichiryu

hyomilryu kennnichiryu

I bet that never happened to any male Korean foreign student in any country on the planet, much less Japan.

hyomilryu kennnichiryu

I had a bit of trouble translating the first frame of the next one.

hyomilryu kennnichiryu

Wow, Japanese women and black men. Now Koreans can add ‘anti-black’ to ‘anti-Japanese’. (original Korean 1,2,3,4)

There were plenty more just like the above, like making fun of Japanese height, calling Japanese by derogatory and discriminatory names, depictions of the ships of the Shilla era looking just like those from the Choson era ad infinitum. Obviously, Kenkanryu was nothing like that.

When I get the time, I will translate some more and put them up.


69 Responses to “Korea’s answer to Kenkanryu – Hyomilryu (혐일류)”

  1. comment number 1 by: ponta

    Hayne
    I am 100% Japanese.

    for one man’s writing, can you really judge a whole country?

    No

    isnt it Japan who likes alot of korean stuff? I read news how Japan (alot of people, not whole Japan) dous alot of things with Korea. Korean food, drama, ect.

    Yes many Japanese like Korean stuff.

    But you should read the Anti-Korean wave” before you criticize it.The book criticizes Japanaese who welcome Korean wave while ignoring the dark aspect of Korea.

    Not even 50 yrs ago, Japan tried to take over Korea. And guess what, I lost my whole family because of them.

    I am sorry to hear that. but how old are you? Are your family member of the resistance under Kim(金日成)?

    Korea isnt trashy

    I agree.though I’ve never been to Korea.

    Korea is also strict and would never publically put out porn or hentai in the streets (maybe one or two places), but not as much as Japan. My friend went there before, and talked about how much bad stuff was out.

    I live in Tokyo.I rarely see porno,hentai in the street.But it is true that there are many ponor shops in Tokyo. Do a friend of yours bother to visit porno shop?Don’t be shy.That is no problem.

    Is Korea strict with prostitute?
    Marmot/From mobile sex to group sex, Korean sex industry thrives despite—or because of—Special Law

    after reading what the Japanese artist said, can you at least bit feel what the thoughts of the korean artist felt?

    What he should have done was to refute what Japanese counterpart said.

    can yuo positively say, because of 1 man, jugde millions of other people and talk trash about them?

    No

  2. comment number 2 by: Hayne

    I’m sorry if I affended you and showing racism, I’m truly sorry. I’ve never been to Japan, so I’ve written about my friends experience. I guess that’s my fault.

    I’m only in my teens (50? NO WAY!) but my mother was a survivor.

  3. comment number 3 by: ponta

    I’m sorry if I affended you and showing racism, I’m truly sorry.

    Let’s be a good friend.And let’s study the other country together before we shout out at each other.

  4. comment number 4 by: Hayne

    Okay ^___________________^

    This summer I’ll go to Japan for summer vacation and learn much about the culture there. Oh yeah. . . . sorry again…. I get pretty emotional when reading these kinds of threads and reading what other people say that arent true…. But I guess I did the same. . . I’ll watch my tongue now on….

    -Hayne (aka, Hae-Yun)

  5. comment number 5 by: terry66

    Hayne, you on one hand say you lost your entire family due to the japanese invasion and then say oh i still have a mother! So your in your teens and just have a motherbut the japanese weren`t responsible for your fathers demise! surely? after all its what 50 years ago?
    I think you also need to get one thing straight, if it wasn`t for america korea would still be annexed by Japan! And if you look at korean history you`ld see that korea has had its ass kicked for centuries, chinese,japanese, They`ve all kicked your ass, even north korea did it for a while and to you they`re yopur brothers in the north, your a little fool who needs to speak to people of the older generation and find out about the korean war! Perhaps you should go to north korea for a while and see what a paradise it is! And as for japan not being sincere in its apologies to korea, damn you weren`t even born then you little ingrate! Just because your stupid little president says they`re insincere all you pathetic idiots believe it!. One more thing as for japan trashing your country, stop looking at japan and look at the koreans who walk down the street and drop their rubbish anywhere or perhaps go for a walk in the mountains and see the korean families having a picnic and then just leave there trash where they ate! Koreans are the most disrespectful people to the korean environment! start taking responsibility for you and your own countrymens actions instead of always blaming others!

  6. comment number 6 by: Hayne

    Terry, I did lose nearly all of my family but I did leave out a part. i did lose all of my family, just not all in the war, but I did lose them to Japan. True, I wasnt born at the time, but my mother was young. I listened to the stories of how she watched her brother die. Her family were respected very much. Not rich, but respected. When she became an oprhan, she lived with older people, most likely grandparents age type. She never, or rather couldnt go to school ’cause she was so poor. She lived off of 1 skirt, 2 shirts, and a sweater for every two years. She didnt even had a doll or time to play. In the winter time she was so cold, but she had to work, clean, cook at a young age. When she grew up she got married (my father) but they were so poor. Its been a long time since the war, and I was born.
    I gerw up in a poor family and we barely had money to live. Than, someone told my parents a job in Japan that paid well. First against it, but my mother so desperate to do anything so that we would live, so she found a way and went. But it was a wrong time. So she ended up dead. I dont remember much of my father. He died of grief, especially since he couldnt take care of me and my brother. What did they do to deserve it? You think we were happy celebrating watching every bit of Korea be destroyed?

    Oh, and please, I DO KNOW of how “korea got its ass kicked” or whatever. I’m not dumb. I know of korean history. Thankfully the turtle ship was born. And I dont even care about the President. And I DO KNOW what North Korea is like. But, thanks for the reminder. And when did I ever mention “my brothers of North”. And as for being called an ingrate, I’ve been called things ten times worse. Sure I might be ungrateful, call me whatever you want. I know I shouldnt say things I said. I 100% know of what Korea is like. I’m sorry. i really ‘am.

    But may I ask, you mention of how Korea got it’s ass kicked alot, just because you dislike korea, why are you so proud to say it? You think I dont know? If you knew how many times why people pick on Korea, than thats how many times KOrea has suffered. Why do you brag about its loss? And here you start saying these bad things about Korea? Sure, okay. Korea is the land of garbage. The worst you could ever be in.

    Really you call me ungrateful, but how dare you speak of Korea the way it is. WE may not be the most cleanest, greatest, perfect country, but I’am grateful to be a korean. If you think I DONT know of the negative bad things about korea, get your stupid mind of yours replaced. Call me whatever you like, but please stop saying bad things about Korea.

    And when did I say Japan trashing my country?
    I’m sorry for my rudeness of what I said about Japan.

    Hae-Yun (aka Hayne) Oh, btw, when I was adopted after my parents died, I moved to America and been to many oter places. I studied school in America, so I know America’s history, and its relationship with Korea and japan. And you’d be supprised how much farther I know.
    Sorry to waste everyone’s time with what I have to say.

  7. comment number 7 by: Hayne

    Oh yeah, my last and final comment,
    Terry, this is what you wrote, ahem…

    “…your a little fool who needs to speak to people of the older generation and find out about the korean war”

    I absolutely, positively dont care who you are, even if your a korean. You know, you REALLY amuse me. You call me a fool, yet you dont even know me. Interesting. I dont mean to be rude, but it is really interesting. You have never lived my life, and you havnt experienced my memories. Yet you speak like you know me so well, as if you’ve been watching me to know who I’ve talked to and havnt. I dont speak for everyone in Korea, and I dont support what the korean so-called artist did. I in-fact found the book very disgusting. And first and foremost, Korea isnt made up of only young people. I HAVE talked to older people who lived at the time of the war. I remember a time exactly. I was over at a guest’s home for dinner, and I heard very interesting stories what happened. The nerve of you to act like you know me and call me a fool. And you go on to say, “even north korea did it for a while and to you they`re yopur brothers in the north” Yeah, and? I’m not blind to who they are. Stop telling me things I already know. Good bye, good day, good night. This was in fact the first time I ever wrote something like this on the internet, and the last. If YOU ALL dislike Korea so much, no matter what I said about another country, all of you put together, what I did was nothing. Your more worst than what you say about Korea. And if you think Korea is so dirty, stop acting like a baby and stop complaining. If you were walking and see mud infront of you, would you continue to walk in it, or would you go around it?

  8. comment number 8 by: terry66

    hayne, i made a mistake! it wasnt you who said “our brothers in the north” it was kimjihyun! so my apologies! but you state that because your mother was poor and went to japan to make money its the japanese fault that she died? damn you got some serious problems huh! What about the hundreds and thousands of migrant workedrs who come to korea and are abused, mistreated and end up with serioue health problems because their bosses dont follow health and safety standards! what about them?
    You dont state how your mother died just bthat she died! poor you i feel sorry for you, really i do! but you say you`ve been to many other countries since then so you are much better off than many other koreans so get over it and stop blaming others for your percieved misfortunes!
    Ps i actually quite like korea but that doesnt mean that i condone the actions of the frightenly growing amount of koreans who follow the right wing elements of korean society!
    but you sure are sensitive to any critism of korea, huh? instead of saying sh*t like if you saw mud would you walk in it or go aound it why dont you try and educate koreans about how to care for their environment instead of saying “its all japans fault” grow up little man!

  9. comment number 9 by: Hayne

    Sorry for my rudeness again…. First and foremost, I’m a girl, not a little man -_-”

    Second, everyone seems to think so lowely of korea and say how dirty it is, well why dont they just ignore them rather than complaining. I would never think of my country as mud, but thats what everyone now seems to think, so I thought if I would make more sense if I put it into *some* of your perspective.

    Third, I’m not the only korean who reads these posts. In many other areas, people want Korea to “widen-out”, but none of you seem to be much of encouragement. Instead, in other threads, some poeple called us animals. So really, you want us to change so much, yet its not like any of you help out in any way.

    Yeah, I dont have any attraction towards Japan, and alot of times express anger and selfishness, but I never called them or compared them to animals or dogs. Here you call korean people snobbish and selfish and mean, in which some of you have mentioned koreans about animals, but SOME OF YOU make statements like

    “Korea but end up just showing how stupid, uncouth, dirty, racist, ugly, and so full of childish jealous rage their national character is by allowing this utter racist filth to be published.” You act as if the ENTIRE country of Korea came together and wrote that book, but that was doing of only one man. Many koreans font even like that book themselves. I dont. And National Character? Have you met every single soul in Korea? I havnt, but certainly, not alot of people are like what you say.

    “Koreans have some of the filthiest hygiene in the world. They are the ones who are pissing and crapping in the streets. Japan is 1000 times cleaner. Furthermore, Korean men thinking that they are wanted all over the world, let alone Japan?” Really now? You think Korea would really want to widen out to you? How stupid can a person get? You think men think there wanted all over the world? Heh, maybe celebrities, but I’ve seen alot of celebrities from diffrent countries act like that. You compare 6 or 7 people, and you think those men represents all of the thoughts of korean men.

    And in other threads, some ask, “Why do people like korean dramas? There so boring and I hate them!” WEll, if you want to know, ask the people who like them. There not making movies and dramas for you and to please only you. Korea is not other countries, so sometimes their taste in movies is diffrent. No one asked you to like them you know. There are korean movies where I like, and even dislike. Especially that one gay korean actor…. rarely would a celeb has ever publically announced there gay….

    AS for hygiene, bad driving, ect, it may be true, I dont know. But you act as if Korea is the only country with these problems. I’ve been to other countries that are in much worser shape.

    Also, its true about some of the negative things of Korea, but I’m going to tell you reasons that Korea isnt a low country and how diffrent it is from *some* (not all) countries.

    1. Hygiene. When I moved to a diffrent country, I visited someones home in which they invited me. They offered strawberries. And they served them on a plate and there was still dirt on them, but the people still ate them…. I’ve been to cities, where Korea is way cleaner. Sure, in Korea, in the coutnry side theres no sidewalks and homes and fences arent in the best shaped.

    2. Where I live now, id you get into a small car accident, you get a ticket. In Korea, sometimes you go straight to jail. I’ve seen people who stay there for 20 or more years until they prove it wasnt there fault. But here, whenever they show what jails are like, you get beds, one or two people in a room, yeah some go to work still, but you get fed and everything. In one news report, they said alot of people WANTED to go to jail because they lived better in there. But in Korea, no one wants to go to jail. It isnt suppose to be a paradise in a sense. In korea, they sleep on the floors, you’ve got 10+ people sharing a room sometimes depending where your at. You dont live good there.

    3. I guess theres just this uncomfort feeling about you that makes people dislike you for you to call them snobby people and so forth, but alot people are actually nice. In the country, I remember. If you didnt have enough food, you can ask your neighbors and they’d be so happy to share dinner with you. Or sometimes, if you were traveling and didnt have a place to stay, you can actually stay at someones house sometimes. Here, you cant really trust strangers that much.

    4. Strict! Whenever I took the test for schools, you know. Some schools have that state or whatever testing they take at the ned of the school year, something like that, when I did thost tests, you dont get homework. Some say its because of stress. But in Korea, education is important, and you get homework. The schools are really, really strict, and if you get in trouble, they give you real punishment. Plus, here, its easy for some to get into college, but in Korea, you have to really study in order to get into College, which is really important for families to have their children get into college, prob like any other family.

    5. Plus, it dousnt matter if your 50, 80, whatever, you still get in trouble by your parents, and you cant yell at your parents. You could, but its considered disrepectful. And your parents still tell you what to do.

    6. As for age, I watched drama series where you have to be 15 or higher to watch them. But, if they were to show it in some other countries, its so safe, a 5 yr old could watch it. And in kissing scenes, they barely touch their lips together, or dont even kiss at all. Because they have their thumb right in-between,. But if you were to watch it, you wouldnt include it ass a kiss. And at movie-awards, for some, whenever they show a kiss scene, the actors/actresses get imbarrased, and they face goes all red. But for some, that wasnt even a kiss. LPus, I never watch movies so I dont know abuot them, but in dramas, they dont usually show or reveal sex scenes or nudity.

    7. Clothing. It dousnt matter if there your parents, neighbors, or strangers, if you walked around, dressing like a hooker, they will come up to you, and you can get in serious trouble. Appropriate clothing really matters. Plus, alot of teens (not all) wear good clothing. Not clothing where there underwears show, or their shirts are inapropriate.

    I can go on and on and on and on. Compared to some areas, Korea isnt that filthy. I’m not refering to all countries, nations, ect. so I’m not going to pin-point any place. And all the above was not pointing to Japan or anything. I’m not afraid to admit there are really great things about Japan. I dont entirely hate Japan or the people, I just have an enormous grudge that no matter how much I tried to puch it of or forget, I still get nightmares. So I dont literally hate Japan or the people. And I’m sorry to make a big deal of my past history.

    Last, they just got over a war not too long ago, so they didnt have all the time like some places to advance in technology or whatever. So impatient, along with not being of any encouragement. Oh another thing, Terry. Those people who worked on the farms…. no one asked them to come to korea to work there. And also, I didnt bring up my mother going to Japan and die for any of you to feel bad. Everyone was against it for her to go anyways. But like I said, she was desperate. Just to say that she didnt die in the war ’cause I thought you didnt believe me about my family dying. And all that about her history, she was never poor, and yet how she lived afterwards never had to happen.

    And no I’m not sensitive. I lived a life or worse things, this is natural. I’m not usualy affected by comments. But lately, I’m in an upset mood, because someone at my school made jokes about koreans that were far from true. And you say I complain to much and do nothing about, why DONT you stop complaining about bad hygiene in Korea, and why dont YOU start teaching?

  10. comment number 10 by: Hayne

    Sorry for my rudeness again…. First and foremost, I’m a girl, not a little man -_-”

    Second, everyone seems to think so lowely of korea and say how dirty it is, well why dont they just ignore them rather than complaining. I would never think of my country as mud, but thats what everyone now seems to think, so I thought if I would make more sense if I put it into *some* of your perspective.

    Third, I’m not the only korean who reads these posts. In many other areas, people want Korea to “widen-out”, but none of you seem to be much of encouragement. Instead, in other threads, some poeple called us animals. So really, you want us to change so much, yet its not like any of you help out in any way.

    Yeah, I dont have any attraction towards Japan, and alot of times express anger and selfishness, but I never called them or compared them to animals or dogs. Here you call korean people snobbish and selfish and mean, in which some of you have mentioned koreans about animals, but SOME OF YOU make statements like

    “Korea but end up just showing how stupid, uncouth, dirty, racist, ugly, and so full of childish jealous rage their national character is by allowing this utter racist filth to be published.” You act as if the ENTIRE country of Korea came together and wrote that book, but that was doing of only one man. Many koreans font even like that book themselves. I dont. And National Character? Have you met every single soul in Korea? I havnt, but certainly, not alot of people are like what you say.

    “Koreans have some of the filthiest hygiene in the world. They are the ones who are pissing and crapping in the streets. Japan is 1000 times cleaner. Furthermore, Korean men thinking that they are wanted all over the world, let alone Japan?” Really now? You think Korea would really want to widen out to you? How stupid can a person get? You think men think there wanted all over the world? Heh, maybe celebrities, but I’ve seen alot of celebrities from diffrent countries act like that. You compare 6 or 7 people, and you think those men represents all of the thoughts of korean men.

    And in other threads, some ask, “Why do people like korean dramas? There so boring and I hate them!” WEll, if you want to know, ask the people who like them. There not making movies and dramas for you and to please only you. Korea is not other countries, so sometimes their taste in movies is diffrent. No one asked you to like them you know. There are korean movies where I like, and even dislike. Especially that one gay korean actor…. rarely would a celeb has ever publically announced there gay….

    AS for hygiene, bad driving, ect, it may be true, I dont know. But you act as if Korea is the only country with these problems. I’ve been to other countries that are in much worser shape.

    Also, its true about some of the negative things of Korea, but I’m going to tell you reasons that Korea isnt a low country and how diffrent it is from *some* (not all) countries.

    1. Hygiene. When I moved to a diffrent country, I visited someones home in which they invited me. They offered strawberries. And they served them on a plate and there was still dirt on them, but the people still ate them…. I’ve been to cities, where Korea is way cleaner. Sure, in Korea, in the coutnry side theres no sidewalks and homes and fences arent in the best shaped.

    2. Where I live now, id you get into a small car accident, you get a ticket. In Korea, sometimes you go straight to jail. I’ve seen people who stay there for 20 or more years until they prove it wasnt there fault. But here, whenever they show what jails are like, you get beds, one or two people in a room, yeah some go to work still, but you get fed and everything. In one news report, they said alot of people WANTED to go to jail because they lived better in there. But in Korea, no one wants to go to jail. It isnt suppose to be a paradise in a sense. In korea, they sleep on the floors, you’ve got 10+ people sharing a room sometimes depending where your at. You dont live good there.

    3. I guess theres just this uncomfort feeling about you that makes people dislike you for you to call them snobby people and so forth, but alot people are actually nice. In the country, I remember. If you didnt have enough food, you can ask your neighbors and they’d be so happy to share dinner with you. Or sometimes, if you were traveling and didnt have a place to stay, you can actually stay at someones house sometimes. Here, you cant really trust strangers that much.

    4. Strict! Whenever I took the test for schools, you know. Some schools have that state or whatever testing they take at the ned of the school year, something like that, when I did thost tests, you dont get homework. Some say its because of stress. But in Korea, education is important, and you get homework. The schools are really, really strict, and if you get in trouble, they give you real punishment. Plus, here, its easy for some to get into college, but in Korea, you have to really study in order to get into College, which is really important for families to have their children get into college, prob like any other family.

    5. Plus, it dousnt matter if your 50, 80, whatever, you still get in trouble by your parents, and you cant yell at your parents. You could, but its considered disrepectful. And your parents still tell you what to do.

    6. As for age, I watched drama series where you have to be 15 or higher to watch them. But, if they were to show it in some other countries, its so safe, a 5 yr old could watch it. And in kissing scenes, they barely touch their lips together, or dont even kiss at all. Because they have their thumb right in-between,. But if you were to watch it, you wouldnt include it ass a kiss. And at movie-awards, for some, whenever they show a kiss scene, the actors/actresses get imbarrased, and they face goes all red. But for some, that wasnt even a kiss. LPus, I never watch movies so I dont know abuot them, but in dramas, they dont usually show or reveal sex scenes or nudity.

    7. Clothing. It dousnt matter if there your parents, neighbors, or strangers, if you walked around, dressing like a hooker, they will come up to you, and you can get in serious trouble. Appropriate clothing really matters. Plus, alot of teens (not all) wear good clothing. Not clothing where there underwears show, or their shirts are inapropriate.

    I can go on and on and on and on. Compared to some areas, Korea isnt that filthy. I’m not refering to all countries, nations, ect. so I’m not going to pin-point any place. And all the above was not pointing to Japan or anything. I’m not afraid to admit there are really great things about Japan. I dont entirely hate Japan or the people, I just have an enormous grudge that no matter how much I tried to puch it of or forget, I still get nightmares. So I dont literally hate Japan or the people. And I’m sorry to make a big deal of my past history.

    Last, they just got over a war not too long ago, so they didnt have all the time like some places to advance in technology or whatever. So impatient, along with not being of any encouragement. Oh another thing, Terry. Those people who worked on the farms…. no one asked them to come to korea to work there. And also, I didnt bring up my mother going to Japan and die for any of you to feel bad. Everyone was against it for her to go anyways. But like I said, she was desperate. Just to say that she didnt die in the war ’cause I thought you didnt believe me about my family dying. And all that about her history, she was never poor, and yet how she lived afterwards never had to happen.

    And no I’m not sensitive. I lived a life or worse things, this is natural. I’m not usualy affected by comments. But lately, I’m in an upset mood, because someone at my school made jokes about koreans that were far from true. And you say I complain to much and do nothing about, why DONT you stop complaining about bad hygiene in Korea, and why dont YOU start teaching? Sorry for being rude, buts its true.

  11. comment number 11 by: Hayne

    oh yeah, when I said “font” in the 4rth paragrapgh above, I wasnt saying bad words. I meant “dont”

  12. comment number 12 by: terry66

    Hayne, look you as a korean should be proud of your nation! I`m not saying you shouldn`t be! but you should be able to take constructive criticism about the parts of korean society that is fundamentally flawed! And every country has problems not just korea! Its just that korea doesnt like to admit it!
    I spent 2 years in korea, 1 year in Pusan, 1 in seoul! In my time in pusan i met maybe 3-4 kind koreans the rest were not very nice at all! In seoul it was much different, lots of nice koreans, lots of international travellers and a much better environment all told! but in both of these cities i saw ordinary koreans litter constantly! using the streets and mountains as their private rubbish tips! this is irresponsible behaviour and as a foriegner if we say this to koreans we are told that “we dont understand their culture”, huh? where in any culture does it say its ok to rubbish your environment?
    My wife is japanese and the sh*t she had to put up with in korea was bullsh*t, yet to koreans its “you dont understand our grief”, yeah right! We just dont understand the korean double standards! Where you want “our” money and expertise but dont want us!
    Most migrant workers in korea dont work on farms but in big industrial companies where they are exposed to hazardous materials daily, they are treated like dogs and if they get sick or suffer injury they are sent home!
    Oh, and in korea if you have a minor traffic accident you may go to jail for 20 years? Just where do you come up with this rubbish? In korea traffic accidents are settled by means of a finacial settlement if the 2 parties agree, if not they are then handed to prosecuters and the courts to handle! I have never heard of someone getting 20 years in jail for a traffic accident even if a life was lost!

  13. comment number 13 by: ponta

    But lately, I’m in an upset mood, because someone at my school made jokes about koreans that were far from true.

    I think this is really important.
    You should do it.
    People tend to make hasty generilizations.
    When one Japanese does something bad in abroad, people
    over there tend to think that all the Japanese are like that.But as you know that is a mistake.
    Likewise, I know just because one Korean peoson published a nasty comic, it does not follow all the Koreans are like that.
    And you are doing a great job in making people understand Korea as they are.On this point, I give you a cridit.
    On the other hand, I noticed there were some points I am afraid you did some logical mistakes in holding grudge against Japan.Let me explain.

    Terry, I did lose nearly all of my family but I did leave out a part. i did lose all of my family, just not all in the war, but I did lose them to Japan. True, I wasnt born at the time, but my mother was young. I listened to the stories of how she watched her brother die. Her family were respected very much. Not rich, but respected. When she became an oprhan, she lived with older people, most likely grandparents age type. She never, or rather couldnt go to school ’cause she was so poor. She lived off of 1 skirt, 2 shirts, and a sweater for every two years. She didnt even had a doll or time to play. In the winter time she was so cold, but she had to work, clean, cook at a young age. When she grew up she got married (my father) but they were so poor. Its been a long time since the war, and I was born.

    I am really sorry for your mother and uncle and your father.
    I asked how old you were, you kindly answered you were in your teens.That means your mother is, if she is alive now, 40’s or so.
    Korea won the independece in 1945.It was more than 60 years ago.Your mother was not born yet.I don’t know about your mother’s brother,your uncle, but he must have been very small then.
    There were iittle resistances in the Korea peninshula,
    contrary to the story told in Korean history textbook.
    If I remember correctly, there was a small Korean group near the manshukuo under Chinese troup.The leader was said to be the father of Kim in the North.The other group, which formed South Korean government, thought it was not admitted by the allies, were at the Shanghai in China.I don’t think your uncle was in the either of the groups.
    Korea did not have war with Japan;Japan and Korea fought together against the U.S.
    Korea were relatively rich country in Asia when she won the independence. Japan lost almost everything but Korea did not experience air-raids by B 29, and atomic bombs,After the independece, Syngman Rhee surpressed comuunists so severely—I’d say more severely than Japanese government surpressed Korea, and South Korea entered the war with North Korea in 1950.Korea was devastated.korea were destroyed by korean war.

    Are you sure your family had bad times because of Japanese rule from 1910 to 1945, or was it not because of Korean war?

    Suppose what happened to your family has something to do with Japanese rule from 1910 to 1945.
    My father and my grandfather had experienced Tokyo air raid, they survived, but they lost the house.Without the airraid, i could have been richer, but I don’t hold grudge.My father had never told me to hate the U.S. (My family had anything to do with the army and then government, just civilians).We love the U.S. now.Japan and the U.S are the best friends.

    I think younger generations have right to live without the past hatred.
    (And in my impression, something is wrong with the education system in Korea,because Korean people tend to blame everything on Japan or the u.S.)

    You are absolutely right when you try to refute ” someone at [your] school [who ]made jokes about koreans that were far from true.”But let’s not make the same mistake as he/she does.

    I hope you’ll enjoy Japan this summer.

  14. comment number 14 by: et5home

    kimijhyun:
    “..think that there should be more of such books written as i think Japan does not deserve to have any good relations with any country on this earth, exept Taiwan, which is very much like japan’s dog and widely viewed as a chinese traitor. Both countries try to supress the economic growth of China and South Korea, and also invloved in bullying our brothers in the North.”

    “…Taiwan, which is very much like japan’s dog and widely viewed as a chinese traitor.”
    As a Taiwanese-American, I’m very much offended by this comment. Japan’s dog and a Chinese traitor? What is that supposed to mean? First off, Taiwan is an independent country from China. China is the one that’s trying to take it back. Besides, the Taiwanese people were pretty much supressed during the KMT rule which came from China. Events such as the 228 Incident occured during this time. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/228_incident) My parents lived during this period and let me tell you they feel quite bitter about them. Rule under Japan was better compared to the Chinese rule. The economy flourished more.
    I don’t understand why China can’t just let Taiwan be independent.

    How is Taiwan Japan’s dog? Just Japan has better relations than with Korea and China?

    When I read the above comic, I was pretty much disgusted by it. It’s racist filth that would surely cause lots of riots and uproars if it were published in America.

  15. comment number 15 by: Occidentalism

    […] Anyways I’ll probably post some scans of fun parts up to go along with Matt’s previous posts about it. Posted by Darin Filed in Racist Industrial Complex, finger chopping wacky No Comments » […]

  16. comment number 16 by: lhd2

    first of all, i wanna say i’m korean. i want to say that the person who wrote this comic is indeed is wrong for doing this.
    however, the responses i’ve heard on this forum against the korean people in general is definitely equally at fault.

    You probably want Koreans to feel bad for the spawn of this comic, but your rude and RACIST comments towards Koreans only stir feelings that are anything but apologetic. Human nature: do you really expect someone to feel sorry after you’ve bashed their race? (I would like to tell the same thing to the comic writer but you all, who claim to be better than this, are no different)

    chonko Said:

    March 9, 2006 at 10:46 pm

    As usual, the jealous and inferiority complex ridden Koreans try to do match Japan’s criticism of Korea but end up just showing how stupid, uncouth, dirty, racist, ugly, and so full of childish jealous rage their national character is by allowing this utter racist filth to be published. In any normal country, this book would cause riots and protests on the federal level as it is totally unacceptable and is something that is more akin to what an animal would publish..then again, they are Koreans so it’s not surprising.

    DOES THIS SOUND LIKE CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM??? gosh, please.

    Wow, this was one evil statement. if anything, this is just as harsh (if not harsher) than anything the comic wrote. I mean you make a post to express that the comic writer is racist, yet you only end up showing how YOU yourself can be JUST AS racist against Koreans as well, even generalizing the entire ethnic group. Inferiority Complex? It seems that many foreigners do not know this, but Koreans on the peninsula actually do not feel inferior to the Japanese people; not in looks/beauty, intelligence, neither height/build.
    it is true that many have ill feelings towards the Japanese due to the atrocious colonization, but inferior to the Japanese? I swear it’s not true. Korea arguably has one of the most patriotic peoples on Earth. When they feel wronged wronged, they want to retaliate (which is pure human nature I suppose). Some people misunderstand this retaliation as an inferior complex when it is actually a means of getting even (Of course, this comic was just a horrible way to do it; but mind you, I’m almost positive the writer did not make this comic because he felt he was inferior to the Japanese!) Simply put, Koreans do not feel inferior to the Japanese because they are not indeed inferior. I mean, you can think what you want but I really don’t know what more to say to get the truth through.

    The entire thing about Koreans being ugly is totally hurtful as well; Are Koreans uglier than Japanese? I certainly don’t think so. I have my own opinions but I’d rather keep them to myself.

    To say that Korea has filthy hygiene and is dirty may have some merit two decades ago. Korea has come a long way in its development, and is as of present considered one of the rich, developed countries of Asia (along w/ Taiwan and Singapore). Of course, it is not richer than Japan or the USA but it is still a developed country. Go visit Seoul, and you will see that has the modernity and liveliness of Tokyo, I kid you not.

    Ell Said:

    March 11, 2006 at 9:53 pm

    Katz said

    The critics of Korea here clearly says why they go to Korea.

    I’m sorry but you’re not making sense here.
    Please elaborate, instead of just barking.

    Perhaps you did not catch this, but English is probably not the primary language of Katz. Yet, you make fun of her English and even call it barking. Wow. Must I say more? Why don’t you try writing something in a new language; would you feel happy if someone called all your efforts “barking”?

    If you want my honest opinion, Koreans are indeed racist but this is true of Japan as well (they look down upon the other Asians).

    I feel that Asian countries tend to look down upon Asian countries that are poorer than itself. Yet, the current countries that are in powerful today are not guaranteed to be powerful 50 years from now. It is projected that other Asian countries will surpass Japan’s developed status and economy in the future. I say this with honesty, I wonder just how attitudes/viewpoints will change then… Who will be looking down on who in 50 years?

  17. comment number 17 by: ViinatoMoh

    This comic seems to be nothing more than wanking material for old fogeys who think that it is still okay to viciously hate Japan – this is when the kids are into Dragon Ball and Utada and the Japanese kids are into Korean stuff.

  18. comment number 18 by: Bboy_J

    ViinatoMoh Says:
    March 5th, 2008 at 2:33 am

    This comic seems to be nothing more than wanking material for old fogeys who think that it is still okay to viciously hate Japan – this is when the kids are into Dragon Ball and Utada and the Japanese kids are into Korean stuff.

    You have a point there.

  19. comment number 19 by: Bboy_J

    thor56 Says:
    March 28th, 2006 at 4:00 am

    This kind of racist books have been popular in Korea for decades.
    I am not surprised.
    ———————————————-
    That kind of book wasn’t even on the best-selling list.