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Now Confucius is Korean

November 17th, 2006 . by Matt

It seems that Koreans are saying that now Confucius is Korean. The video below also explains that Korea is claiming Chinese characters, Chinese medicine, Chinese literature all originate in Korea. Basically what this means is that if the Korean submission to UNESCO succeeds, Chinese medicine will become Korean medicine, and so on.

Keep in mind, Koreans also say Samurai, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Sushi, Cherry blossoms, and virtually anything else distinctive of Japan (including the Japanese royalty) originate in Korea. Korea should promote their own culture overseas, not misappropriate the culture of other peoples and label it ‘Korean’.

UPDATE: According to this, Korea’s application to UNESCO is not trying to claim Chinese medicine, but have a certain medicine book originating in Korea registered as a world literary inheritance item.

사실 한국의 유네스코 유산 신청은 출간 400주년을 맞은 한의학 경전 ‘동의보감’ 한권으로, 신청한 항목도 ‘문화유산’이 아 니라 세계기록유산으로 일컬어지는 ‘기록유산’이다. 일종의 오해 가 빚어진 것이다.


83 Responses to “Now Confucius is Korean”

  1. comment number 1 by: Two Cents

    Toshi,
    “Nara” is not a Korean word, though some wacky pseudo-historians claim it to be. You will see that in the Manyoshu, the book of songs in the 8th century, Nara is written as “平,” which means to flat or level land. Notice the capital of Nara is officially called Heijyokyo (平城京), and includes the character 平 in it. There are many places in Japan that have the word “nara” in its name; what they all have in common is that they are usually located on flat land. To claim that “nara” was a Korean word in the 7th century, you have to prove that the word existed in Korea back then. Unfortunately, there are no such evidence. Besides, by “Korean,” whose language are you implying? Silla? Baekche? Kogryo? You really don’t believe that Koreans spoke modern Korean in the 7th century, do you, like that foolish book written by a Korean that claimed that Manyoshu can be read in MODERN KOREAN so the 8th-century book must have been written in Korean and not Japanese?

    No, I have not forgotten we live in a democratic country, or never will, but I still think that being democratic is equivalent to dismissing all traditional values as non-sense.

    Here is a complete copy&paste of a post by the famous Nanashi-san. I judge from your name that you are Japanese. Read this.

    372 :娜々志娑无 ◆NcNEDmUA :01/11/21 22:55 ID:e2dGukEG
     次に、朝鮮語の[na]系の語ですが、『韓国語の歴史』(李基文著)によれば
    高句麗語には「土壌」を意味する[nua]という語が存在したことが、
    『三国史記』の地名表記から導き出せるのだそうです。この語は新羅語の「世」を
    意味する[nu][nuri]中世朝鮮語の「国」を意味する[narah]
    南方ツングース諸語の「地」を意味する[na]、そして日本語の[na]
    と相互に関連付けられると李氏は主張するのですが、新羅語については意味的に
    相違が大きいのでしばらくおくとしても、他の言語のものに関しては、
    意味的にも音韻的にも非常によく似ていると言ってよいでしょう。
    将来、日本語と朝鮮語やツングース諸語との間に言語的な系統関係を
    云々する必要が生じた際には、本例は有力な証拠となることは間違いありません。

     しかし、だからと言って「奈良」の語源が朝鮮語の[nara]であると
    主張するのは無理があり過ぎでしょう。半島のことばが日本の奈良の語源に
    なるためには、遅くとも7世紀には[nara]という語が半島に存在した
    ことを証明しなくてはなりませんが、前述のように、高句麗語は[nua]、
    新羅語は[nu][nuri]であって[nara]には程遠いのです。しかも、
    現代朝鮮語の[nara]にしても中世には[narah]と余計な語末の子音
    [-h]が付いていたのですから、奈良と発音がまったく同じとは言えないのです。

     仮に百歩譲って[narah]が7世紀の日本語の中に入ってきたとしても、
    当時の日本語には[h]という子音が存在しませんでしたので、このままの形では
    受け入れることができなかったことは確実です。日本人は中国語の[h]を
    受け入れる際に発音の近い[k]または[g]で受け入れています
    (好hau→カウ、河ha→ガ)ので、[h]はとりあえず[k]で受け
    入れるとして、音節末が子音で終わるのは当時の日本語としては甚だ具合が
    悪いので、高句麗語の「鉛」を意味する[nam∂r]という語が日本語では
    [namari]、同じく「谷」を意味する[tan]という語が日本語では
    [tani]となっているように、語末に母音[i]が付加され、[narah]
    は最終的には[naraki]のような形になったと推定されます。
    これではどうしようもないですね。

     あ。上の「ナマリ(鉛)」や「タニ(谷)」について、私は別に高句麗語から
    の借用語であると考えているわけではありませんので。日本語と高句麗語が
    言語的に近い関係にあることは、以下に示す数詞との比較からも十分に窺えます。

        日本語 高句麗語 朝鮮語(11C)
      1 pito    ーー   hana
      2 puta    ーー   tuwul
      3 mi      mil    seis
      4 yo     ーー   neis
      5 itu     utu   tases
      6 mu     ーー   yesse
      7 nana    nanun   ilgop
      8 ya     ーー   yedal
      9 kokono   ーー   ahop
      10 towo    tek    yel

     何せ高句麗語の資料が乏しいものですから比較できるのは4語だけですが、
    それでも私の言わんとするところはおわかり頂けるでしょう。結局、上記の語は、
    数詞とともに両者が言語的に極めて近い関係にあることを示す格好の
    例であるというのが私の考えです。

     ついでに、中世朝鮮語の[narah]の成立について、専門外ではありますが、
    ひとこと。本語については、李基文氏は[-rah]を接尾辞と認定しておられますので、
    [na]が語の中心部分であることは間違いのないところでしょう。
    問題は、この[na]がどの言語に由来する語なのかですが、ご存知の通り、
    半島を最初に統一したのは新羅ですから、一番の候補は新羅語ということになります。
    しかしながら、残念なことに新羅語の「土壌」乃至「国」を意味する語は不明ですので、
    それを立証することはできません。ただ、新羅の次の王朝である高麗が、建国の際に
    高句麗の故地である開京に都を置いた関係で、新羅語の中にある程度高句麗語の語彙が
    流れ込んだという事実を考慮に入れると、[narah]は高句麗語の[nua]に
    接尾辞[-rah]が付き、母音調和の関係で母音[-u-]が脱落して生まれた語で
    ある可能性もあるのではないかと思います。もしこの推測が成り立つとすれば、
    [narah]という語自体を7世紀にまで遡らせることはできなくなりますので、
    当然奈良の語源となることも不可能ということになりますね。さてさて、真実は那辺にありや。

  2. comment number 2 by: ponta

    , I also think that ancient Korea did influence Japan alot… prob not the other Korean countries but… BaekJe…. which had great relationship with the Wa. It is true that BaekJe influenced Japanese culture alot… for example, introduction of buddhism.

    I have no objection to the idea that ancient people in the peninsula influenced Japan. Japan imported Chinese culture And people in the peninsula helped Japan to import Chinese culture. Even the notorious history text book by Fusousha mentions people from the peninsula helped a lot..
    But do you think Japanese Buddhism is influenced by Korean buddhism?
    Here are some of Buddhist Giants that comes to my mind in Japan.
    Prince Shōtoku

    He was interested in mainland Asian cultures, particularly the Chinese culture.

    KuukaiSaityouand dougen studies Buddhism in China. It is not inaccurate to say that mainly Japanese Buddhism was influenced by China.

    As a matter of fact, NARA, an ancient capital city, came from the Korean language meaning “capital”.

    I did not know that. So I googled it. And I ‘ve got this

    This theory…… is widely held by Koreans in Japanこの説は、祭りの「ワッショイ」という掛け声が朝鮮語の「ワッソ(来た)」からきているという説とともに、在日韓国・朝鮮人の間では広く普及しているlinkthere is no ancient document nor archaeological evidence to prove it.(古文献もなく、考古学的証拠もなくて、どうして奈良の語源が朝鮮語などと断言できるのでしょうか。)link

    Porcelain is from Korea, right? Korean people should be proud of it. But I hear sadly traditionally manual workers in Korea were were despised. Am I correct?

    I have no hesitation to admit that ancient Koreans influenced Japanese culture:there is nothing wrong with Korean culture influencing Japanese culture but I wonder why some of Korean people want to emphasize it more than necessary.

  3. comment number 3 by: Toshiharu Honda

    OK, I accept your argument about the origin of word “Nara”.
    Are you saying that excavations of the emperors graves mean dismissing traditional values ? This is non-sense. The oldest history
    book written in Japan contains some facts. But nobody believes the
    first emperor dates back that far as the book tells. The book was
    written in such a way that the storyline suits the emperor who published the book. Most of what was written is propaganda by the emperor,
    equivalent to Mansei-history by the Kim Jong-il family. This is why
    we need the excavations and also why the imperial household rejects
    the request by the scholars.

  4. comment number 4 by: GarlicBreath

    Toshiharu Honda Said:

    Yes, Japan tried to copy everything from China. But that does not mean
    we did not learn anything from Koreans. It is a proven fact that the majority of the foreigners who came to Japan and taught state of the art technologies such as casting, architecture. etc. were koreans though all of them originated from china

    I don’t mean to interrupt your Japan bashing and Korea worshiping but what the f ukc are you talking about? What ‘majority’ are you talking about. Taught casting? Architecture? When and where.

    It is true that Koreans ‘artisans’ were brought over from Korea during the Hideyoshi invasion (and allowed to leave but chose to stay as Japanese appreciated their ability and Koreans treated them like dirt) but they were potters. They didn’t invent their knowledge but it was transferred from china. Nothing original came from Korea.

  5. comment number 5 by: GarlicBreath

    But nobody believes the
    first emperor dates back that far as the book tells. The book was
    written in such a way that the storyline suits the emperor who published the book. Most of what was written is propaganda by the emperor,
    equivalent to Mansei-history by the Kim Jong-il family.

    Good point. Here is more ancient propaganda used as fact.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samguk_Yusa
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samguk_Sagi

    This is why
    we need the excavations and also why the imperial household rejects
    the request by the scholars

    Is it not the right of the imperial household to regect that request. Many Koreans I know savor the idea of desicration of imperial graves.

  6. comment number 6 by: ponta

    Are you saying that excavations of the emperors graves mean dismissing traditional values ? This is non-sense

    I think what should be counted as “sacred” is what is traditional.
    (A cow is traditionally a sacred animal for a specific religion.)

    The book was
    written in such a way that the storyline suits the emperor who published the book. Most of what was written is propaganda by the emperor,
    equivalent to Mansei-history by the Kim Jong-il family. This is why
    we need the excavations and also why the imperial household rejects
    the request by the scholars.

    I don’t follow the argument.

    The idea that the Japanese Imperial family had something to do with the peninsula was used to justify the colonization of Korea.(Correct me if I am wrong) That is really Mansei history. Is that why the Imperial family reject the excavation ? to avoid imprinting the idea in Japanese that we can colonize Korea again? if something to prove that the emperor had something to do with Korea was discovered?

  7. comment number 7 by: kyopou.s.

    dude, what the hell.

    treesjess, saw you at marmots hole. about the garbage thing. we got it. yes, korea needs improvement in that field. no worries, i am a kyopo, writing letters to the goverment.

    everybody, this dude or dudette may by a Japanese-American, Japanese-Canadian or an ethnic Japanese from another country.

    the hell with Japanese products. I do not own one single product that is related to Japan. LG, Samsung, I-River, SKC, Daewoo electronics, Hyundai, Kia, Renault-Samsung, Kumho tires, Hynix Semiconductors have excellent products. the hell with Sony, Canon, Nikon, Nintendo or whatever the hell this dude or dudette going on rants about.

    not Japan bashing, but do not give a rats ass about Japan or its culture.

    China influencing Korea or Japan or the other way around, who gives a shit.

    here`s a solution. Koreans stay in Korea, Chinese stay in China, Japanese stay in Japan. mind your own business.

    colonization of the past, Goryeo, chopsticks, pottery, architecture, Chinese characters, blah blah blah…..

    what country is perfect? hmm… well Singapore sounds good..

  8. comment number 8 by: ponta

    the hell with Japanese products. I do not own one single product that is related to Japan

    Oh, I do buy Korean products.

    China influencing Korea or Japan or the other way around, who gives a shit.

    Who gives a shit other than Koreans?

    here`s a solution. Koreans stay in Korea, Chinese stay in China, Japanese stay in Japan. mind your own business

    Did you write that to K government?

  9. comment number 9 by: Fantasy

    Everybody, this dude or dudette (treesjess)
    may by a Japanese-American, Japanese-Canadian or an ethnic Japanese from another country.

    No, I agree with the other commenters above – s/he seems to be a Korean agent provocateur, intending to make this blog look racist.

    BTW:

    I, as a German, have absolutely no problem with buying both Japanese AND Korean goods, whereever I get the better deal. On average, Japanese stuff is more pricey, but also of higher quality. So, e.g. I was seriously considering buying a Hyundai car. But my wife (a ROK national) objected to that on account of safety considerations. So I bought a Toyota instead.

  10. comment number 10 by: kojibomb

    Fantasy,

    … don’t buy Hyundai or any Korean cars lol
    1) performance… poo~
    2) safety? hmmmm its getting better these days.
    3)original? hell no… all copy of Japanese cars. oh look new Sonata… front looks like Lexus ES… back looks like Honda accord…. hmmm the engine seems like … uh… i m stuck…

    Although they are getting better, I don’t really like them because they tend to copy every single Japanese car appearance and performance. ummm its funny that Koreans are saying shit to China about copying their products when they are copying Japanese.

  11. comment number 11 by: kojibomb

    oh… ummm but if you are a foreigner
    ( imean caucasians )

    ummm and want a luxury car.. but don’t have the money to….

    get Hyundai Azera…. I guess compared to its price…. better luxury car than any other car out there. $30 K max?? interior looks good .. performance also is pretty good… better than Accord.. I think in performance looks interior.. everything. Get Japanese car for the name though…

    Its funny how even their emblem kinda looks like Honda emblem. H and crooked H

    some of my Italian friends once told me kinda like ” Hey my aunt bought that cheaper version Honda brand.” ” You know… kinda like scion of Toyota to Honda?” “Hyundai~~?” I think avg americans think Hyundai/LG/Samsung are Japanese.

    opps.. off topic… lol

  12. comment number 12 by: kyopou.s.

    yeah, korea does have problems. what do you expect? it is a developing country.

    yes, korea has major problems like selling fake clothes like fake Nike shoes, fake Calvin Klein jeans, fake brand bags and so on. yes, korea has a sanitation problem as well.

    I have NO Japanese products or cars at all. I have an LG cell phone, LG LCD TV, Samsung DVD player, Samsung Digital Video Recorder, I-River mp3 player, LG Microwave. My parents have a Hyundai Elantra. Our home phone is General Electric. Our washing machine and refrigerator are Whirlpool and General Electric. Hyundai has greatly improved its safety features since they know how bad of a reputation they were getting. The country itself needs to know that too. Either korea is unknown, or has a bad reputation.

    Both Hyundai and Kia are on the list as safest cars in the U.S.A. this year.

    As for Japanese products, they are having problems as well.

    Sony computers catching on fire, Aiwa stereos not working, Mitsubishi having a scandal for hiding its defects, Panasonic phones breaking in less then a year, and Honda just recalled cars..

    take a look at these websites

    http://www.samsung.com

    http://us.lge.com/index.jhtml

    http://www.iriveramerica.com

  13. comment number 13 by: ponta

    kyopou.s
    It is great that Korea is making excellent products. I applaud it.
    And okay Aiwa sucks, Mitsubishi sucks, Pansonic sucks, Honda sucks,Japanese products suck, right? It is up to you which product you buy.

    But what I want to say is different.

    Many countries share the similar problems that Korea has now.
    There are racists, there is history distortion, there is ultranationalism in every country. But the biggest problem Korea has, in my opinion, is the lack of criticisms from within, from Koreans themselves, from ethnic Koreans who are educated in the western world. And that is what I find it hard to understand. Which is better, either you are criticized by your own people or you are criticized by foreigners. I prefer the former. But it seems that when, for instance, Kyopo criticizes Korea, he/she is regarded as a traitor. I think in this regard Korea has much room for the improvement.

  14. comment number 14 by: Toshiharu Honda

    The korean media is mostly responsible for the lack of criticism from
    within. They only report what their audience is pleased to hear. The
    dispute over Dokdo(Takeshima) is a good example. While most of the
    Japanese people are ignorant of or not interested in the issue, the korean media makes so much fuss about it and report as if the entire
    Japanese people were crazy about the islets. Anti-Japanese(and anti-
    Americans to lesser extent) seems to be Politically Corect(PC) in Korea.

  15. comment number 15 by: kyopou.s.

    i am not a traitor. what kind of stupid saying is that? if people are traitors, take for example korean immigrants then. since they immigrate overseas are they traitors then? if they love korea that much, then they should not immigrate and stay in korea. if they are so proud, stay in korea, do not immigrate.

    people immigrate for a reason.

    for example look at Michelle Wie. If her parents did not immigrate then she would of been born in Korea. if she were to be born in korea, then she could not be of what she is now. same as Hines Ward.

    but I do say that Korea`s goverment has no idea in what democracy means. they have no idea in how to brand and market their country as well.

  16. comment number 16 by: Two Cents

    Toshi,
    Since it is completely off-topic, this will be the last of my post on the subject of Nihon-Shoki. Have you ever read the Nihon-Shoki and the Kojiki? In the pre-war days, historians took the former as bible, not doubting its contents. Post-war, the book has been denounced as total propaganda. Neither stance is sincere, and should not be how scholars approach their subject. Since the utter denail of the contents after WWII, excavations and research have actually confirmed the contents of the Nihon-Shoki, not the incredible ages of the emperors, but the overall story. In one case, the confirmation came from planetary physicists. There was a solar eclipse event that historians said could not have occurred on the day and place the Nihon-Shoki said (= it must be lying was their conclusion), but planetary physicists then found that the Earth’s rotation was slowing down, and using the new constants, the solar eclipse event was confirmed, along with another similarly doubted eclipse event in Chinese literature. The book also contains many inconvenient information for the imperial line (such as a prince being born more than ten months after his father’s unnatural death), which would have been intentionally omitted if it was simple propaganda.

    You also seem to think that excavation of imperial tombs will lead to surprising discoveries, inconvenient for the imperial family. There have been misplaced tombs of imperial members that have been excavated, but still no such discoveries have been made. Furthermore, you saw what happened to the Takamatsuzuka tomb. The wall paintings discovered in perfect condition are now heavily damaged due to humidity and fungal growth. Excavations are damagning processes. Unless the academia can establish a better method for preservation, I do not want to see scholars rushing to open the tombs. Besides, the majority of the tombs have already been plundered and contain virtually no treasures.

  17. comment number 17 by: GarlicBreath

    kyopou.s. Said:

    i am not a traitor.

    Kyopo.s, what Ponta said was

    But it seems that when, for instance, Kyopo criticizes Korea, he/she is regarded as a traitor.

    For you to be consitered a trator you first have to critize Korea, which you do not do. Kyopos like you admit they worship Korea and all things Korean.

    I have an LG cell phone, LG LCD TV, Samsung DVD player, Samsung Digital Video Recorder, I-River mp3 player, LG Microwave. My parents have a Hyundai Elantra

    You Kyopos sure make America proud. Do you have a poster of Robert Kim in your room? Now if someone asked if you were a trator to the USA, that would be easy to answer. A trator to Korea NO, but a trator to the USA YES!!

  18. comment number 18 by: ponta

    kyopou.s.

    I know you are not a traitor. But just try criticising anti-japan-ism in Korea, (There is legitimate criticism of Japan in Korea but there is also illegitimate bashing of Japan that is preventing friendship between the two countries)
    I think you will know what I mean.

  19. comment number 19 by: kyopou.s.

    traitor to korea or the U.S.? no way.

    who the hell is robert kim? i agree that korea is a dirty country. I think korea is messed up selling fake brands. i hate k-pop as well. they look like total fools trying to act all ghetto and gangsta.

    i listen to Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, Green Day, Bon Jovi, Usher, 3-11, Maroon 5, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and so on.

    But I love Korean girls. Lee Hyori, Song Hye Kyo, Han Chae Young, Jeon Ji Hyun, Jeon Hye Bin and Korean-Canadian Grace Park

    Hey, did people not pay attention. I have a Whirlpool and General Electric at my house as well. I am not anti Japan either. I have no interest or don`t give a shit about Japan or Japanese products.

    Hey, the korean goverment sucks too, especially during the military dictatorship days. the president were absolute losers. they slowed down information going into the country as well. Also the nationalist education in South Korea is bull shit as well.

    but I do have Samsung, LG, I-River and Hyundai. and will continue to purhase those products in the future.

    sony has computers that catch on fire. sony also recalled sony digital cameras in 8 models. aiwa sucks. everybody has the same defects from aiwa. honda just recalled cars as well. japan is not as it was before. other asian countries are developing as well such as Taiwan, Malaysia and so on. the hell with overpriced japanese products when these days, technology and style change so fast. it is useless wasting money on something that will be outdated in a couple of months.

  20. comment number 20 by: ponta

    kyopou.s.
    It is interesting you carefully avoided criticizing illegitimate anti-Japan-ism in Korea and showed hasty generalization of defects of Japanese products after all
    It seems taboo can not be broken so easily.

  21. comment number 21 by: Fantasy

    Kojibomb / Kyopou.S.:

    Actually, this thread is not about Korean v. Japanese Products, at all. But since everybody is talking about just that, I want to add that most tests conducted in Europe by consumer protection organisations have shown Japanese products, with some exceptions, to be of a higher quality than Korean, and even German or French, products. Of course, this may change over time, but it is the present state of affairs.

    Kyopou.S.:

    Yes, agree that SOME Korean girls are beautiful, my wife among them. But I suppose that you, as a Gyopo, resent hearing the latter of the sentence. Just my totally unsubstantiated guess…

  22. comment number 22 by: Fantasy

    I meant “the latter part of the sentence”.

  23. comment number 23 by: Ocebey

    It’s pretty saddening. It’s not like it is necessary to pretend any bullshit. And even thought lots of things in Japan came from Korea (like technical knowledges of old) it doesn’t mean much as most of it had come earlier from china anyway.

    As for products you got good or bad products everywhere anyway. In our present society where you don’t keep your stuff for long it is of little consequence. Japanese have a little tendency to overtalk about the so called higher quality of their products. Then again most western countries people do the same to incite people to buy their products rather than cheap chinese ones.

    Rather than making generalisations i say lets see each product for itself.

  24. comment number 24 by: thor56

    Who’s next? Qin Shi Huang?
    God!!! Koreans are living in the dreamworld!

  25. comment number 25 by: chinalawblog

    Koreans certainly can be strange about such things. If you go to sites in Korea, the Korean might say something like “this is the largest in the world,” but the English will say “one of the largest.” I have a Korean friend with a US MBA who is very high up at a prominent Korean company and this stuff (including that described in the post) absolutely drives him crazy. He is constantly railing against it, rightfully claiming this irratetes the rest of the world and sets Korea back. But, as far as I can tell, he is one of the few with this view.

  26. comment number 26 by: han

    i just want to say your view of history is wrong!!!!
    china character is not invent by you korean!!!
    chinese medicine is not invent by you korean!!!
    and 高句丽 is not your ancestor!!!
    2 years ago i like korean ,i think you are like chinese ,the same culture,and we hate japan too
    but now i don’t like you ,because your media and your government always lie!
    you have been a good nation,you need not steal other nation’s history and culture.it’ foolish.
    maybe you hurting our feeling is not on purpose,please keep calm ,and we can talk about the history with evidence.
    i don’t know whether you know about chinese,chinese never be racist,and chinese is very kind and friendly.but if someone want to steal our history and culture,we will fight to them till we die.
    i know that there is good man and bad man in a country.yes ,it is in china too.
    so ,i am very impersonality
    i forgot something
    Confucius is not korean and dragon boat festival is not yours
    please tell your country!
    and i want to tell you a site
    http://www.arirang-world.org/
    now the site is forbidden
    why?
    because the people of your nation insult chinese and libel chines in the site
    what a pity that you havn’t seen that
    or you will know why i hate korean if you see that!
    by the way ,There is absolutely no such thing as love or hatred without any reason or cause.

  27. comment number 27 by: fromsilence

    my korea friends told me the viewpoint about the koreans’
    attitude to Nippon and China.
    that is most of them hate JP but not CN,to CN, the have more complex emotion.
    to be frank,at these years,they become envy us, little by little, because of chinese high-speed development .great culture.and it’s huge influence to the world.
    i go to the korean website from time to time ,so also in this way , i can surely feel the atmosphere.

  28. comment number 28 by: nemesis

    matt, you idiot. read the naver article you had linked in the “update” section, and you would realize your errors. ask geevers for korean translation.

  29. comment number 29 by: raiseyourvo

    It seems that Koreans are saying that now Confucius is Korean. The video below also explains that Korea is claiming Chinese characters, Chinese medicine, Chinese literature all originate in Korea. Basically what this means is that if the Korean submission to UNESCO succeeds, Chinese medicine will become Korean medicine, and so on.

    Keep in mind, Koreans also say Samurai, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Sushi, Cherry blossoms, and virtually anything else distinctive of Japan (including the Japanese royalty) originate in Korea.

    Koreans know that none of those is Korean culture. Whoever wrote this must be an idiot and doesn’t know what he’s talking about.


  30. […] Sorry VANK, but I don’t think American educators are seeking to teach students Korean ultra-nationalist ideology. What’s next, spam campaigns against American textbooks that claim Confucius isn’t Korean? […]

  31. comment number 31 by: JonJon

    Maybe Koreans should use Chinese characters (or will it be called Korean characters?) more since they invented it.

    Maybe the Koreans will write “hanja” as 韓字.


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  33. comment number 33 by: moeoverload

    What’s next? Are Hotdogs and Baseball from Korea also?