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Seoul Education University Professor : Morning Assembly, School trips, Athletic meets, and hiking all vestiges of Japanese Imperial rule

September 18th, 2005 . by Matt

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A 1939 schooltrip of Korean boys.

According to an article by Hankyoreh, morning assembly, school trips, athletic meets, hiking, hair cut checks, school mottos, class slogans, and clothing checks in front of the school are all the (presumably negative) legacy of Japanese imperial rule.

Professor Oh, from Seoul Education University said that the school system was designed to produce citizens suitable for the Japanese empire. Professor Oh identified several things that had been carried over from the Japanese system and simply given a new name in the new Korean system.

“‘The Imperial Rescript on Education became’ became ‘The Peoples Education Charter’, the ‘Hi-No-Maru’ flag became the ‘Taekukki’ flag, the ‘Imperial Reign’ Japanese National Anthem became the ‘Love Country Song’ Korean National Anthem, the ‘Imperial Subjects Oath’ became the ‘Vow to the Flag’, all they did was change it like that”, said professor Oh.

While these kinds of minor points have been identified by the professor, perhaps he forgot that the whole education system in Korea was created during the Japanese administration, so it is not unusual that there should be similarities.


8 Responses to “Seoul Education University Professor : Morning Assembly, School trips, Athletic meets, and hiking all vestiges of Japanese Imperial rule”

  1. comment number 1 by: LeaveAsiansAlone

    dude, you are WHITE, why the hell are you learning korean? Just leave us alone man, jesus…

  2. comment number 2 by: dogbert

    Dude, you’re Korean. Why are you English? Just leave us alone, please…

  3. comment number 3 by: tk

    Two above commets Koreans (조선인) wrote. That’s the way they always do.

  4. comment number 4 by: tk

    The commets I poit out are not dogbert’s but LeaveAsiansAlone and Bonk.

  5. comment number 5 by: mae

    by revealing these facts now, i wonder what kind of academic credit he would get. it makes me smaile, though, to imagine thousands of korean professors are working on similar theme.

    leaveAsiansAlone,
    how pathetic. you dont know how pathetic you look by the post, do you?

  6. comment number 6 by: Chris

    Matt,

    You are absolutely correct. I’m glad I’m not the only one that has noticed all of the above. Professor Oh also forgot to mention that the school uniforms that South Korean students wear, both boys and girls, is also very similar to the uniforms that Japanese students wear. Yes, there are A LOT more similarities as well, such as English lessons and cram schools. I guess that the South Korean government whitewashed from the history books that they basically kept intact the Japanese educational system after 1945.

    Chris
    Yongsan Garrison, Seoul

  7. comment number 7 by: Jahn

    Matt you’re absolutely right.

    “Morning assembly, school trips, athletic meets, hiking, hair cut checks, school mottos, class slogans, and clothing checks”

    I mean uniforms, uniform checks, field trips, athletics,and these are so uniquely Japanese and Koreans kept them even after colonization instead of developing a wholly newer and a more creative approach to education.

    “that had been carried over from the Japanese system and simply given a new name in the new Korean system”

    What does carried over mean? That Korea just took the Japanese national anthem, the flag, and so forth? My understanding is that they’re different.

    The educational system was created by the Japanese? And so Koreans should thank the Japanese?

  8. comment number 8 by: Jahn

    Oh one more thing, I think you are trying to say that colonization of Korea was good for Koreans. You posted stats such as the average lifespan of a person beinf 24 during the Chosun dynasty (which I really want to get a link or access to). And then you argued with yeahright about whether Korea was on its way to modernization or not before the Japanese invasion. But really…of course Korea was on its way towards modernization. Perhaps not as fast as Japan. Japan colonialized Korea for its own benefit (or tried to get benefit from it) then tried to do it on rest of Eastern Asia. They killed a lot of people in their efforts. The Japanese tried to enforce their culture on the Koreans. The whole “oh everyone was colonilizing at the time” excuse isn’t quite…adequete.