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New Blog on Dokdo/Takeshima

May 26th, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers

I have created a new blog to specifically discuss the current and historical issues related to the dispute between Japan and Korea over Liancourt Rocks, which are a small group of rocky islets in the Sea of Japan. Japanese call the islets “Takeshima” while Koreans call them “Dokdo.” All views are welcome, and comments may be made in any language, but personal attacks, foul language, and comments dealing with unrelated issues will be unwelcome and may be deleted. The goal is civil discussion and debate. The address of the blog is as follows:

http://dokdo-or-takeshima.blogspot.com/

So far I have only created a frame for the blog, but I will slowly be filling it in as time goes on. The goal of the blog is not just to discuss and debate the issues, but also to collect and organize the old documents and maps related to the dispute. That means I may be reposting things that some people have already read. If you have any suggestions for improving the site, I have created a “Suggestion Box” specifically for that purpose.

By the way, I hope to continue to use Occidentalism to post on the Dokdo/Takeshima issue and on other issues. I started the new blog because it gives me more freedom to focus on Dokdo/Takeshima and makes it easier to collect and organize the old maps and documents related to the dispute.

I hope my new blog helps encourage healthy discussion and debate on the Dokdo/Takeshima issue.

Sincerely,

Gerry Bevers

P.S. Matt, please fix your format so that my maps are not chopped off.

UPDATE: I have removed the Blogger member restriction, which will allow non-Blogger memebers to post a comment.


12 Responses to “New Blog on Dokdo/Takeshima”

  1. comment number 1 by: jion999

    He is serious to change the history.

  2. comment number 2 by: Matt

    OK, I have reverted until I can solve the problem with the pictures.

  3. comment number 3 by: pacifist

    Bravo Gerry,
    .
    Thanks a lot for your endeavour.
    Is it possible to gather all the old documents and maps in the site?

  4. comment number 4 by: Gerry-Bevers

    Thanks, Matt. I was afraid that the people coming here from Wikipedia would see maps with Ulleungdo cut off and not know what was going on.

    Pacifist,

    That is a free site, so I have limited space for saving documents and pictures. I think that means I will have to do a lot of linking.

  5. comment number 5 by: pacifist

    Gerry,
    Links will be okay, if one can see the maps or documents on one click whenever he/she needs.
    .
    How about to put the buttons of every documents/maps in line in chronological order, including items from “Korean Language Note”?

  6. comment number 6 by: marshimallow

    For Gerry and others living in Korea,
    At the Map Museum in Suwon (수원 경기도), they have a large map made on the floor of an old Joseon map. They took it upon themselves to edit in Dokdo on it. I had my friend ask to verify if they had changed it. They said they had done that. They did it for education purposes was their reasoning. Also, their selective choosing of historical world maps that could be pulled out from the wall seemed one-sided to issues like the East Sea.

  7. comment number 7 by: Newshound

    Just build a googlesite for your uploads, Gerry. You get about 100MB for files, I think, plus whatever you have on blogspot.

  8. comment number 8 by: Gerry-Bevers

    Marshimallow,

    Thanks for the info. I had never heard of the Map Museum in Suwon. I will have to check it out one of these days.

    That “for educational purposes” excuse is the same excuse the Dokdo Museum gave to the Sankei Shimbun reporter about their mislabeled map. How is it educational to give false information to Korean students about Korea’s maps? History education in Korea seems to be more about brainwashing than education.

    Newshound,

    Yes, that is exactly what I did. I created a Googglepages Web site. Anyway, thanks for the suggestion.

    Pacifist,

    I plan to move the stuff from “Korean Language Notes” to the new site. I regret starting my Dokdo writings on my Korean Language Notes site because Dokdo does not really have anything to do with the Korean language, which I also enjoy writing about.

    On my Korean Language Notes site, I am thinking about focusing on the translation process of the Chinese in Korea’s old documents rather than focusing on the historical message. I will use my new site to focus on the historical message. Anyway, that is just a plan that will probably unfold slowly. I want to make it into a leisurely hobby rather than an urgent mission.

  9. comment number 9 by: Matt

    Gerry, I am making adjustments to the site. Can you tell me the width of the largest map you are using? Or just tell me which map is the largest?

  10. comment number 10 by: Gerry-Bevers

    Matt,

    I am not sure of the width of my largest map, but the width you have now looks good. Thanks.

  11. comment number 11 by: Matt

    Matt,

    I am not sure of the width of my largest map, but the width you have now looks good. Thanks.

    If you could sort the maps you have on your hard drive by size, and then let me know which one is the largest, that will help a lot because this new super sized width comes at the expense of readability, so I want to get it just right.

  12. comment number 12 by: Gerry-Bevers

    Matt,

    In may opinion, this new wider-width format is much more readable since it helps to better distinguish between the ads and the actual posts. Also, if you could change the background color of the center column, where the posts appear, it would further help to distinguish the ads from the posts. What do you think of a white background for the center column?