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“So Far from the Bamboo Grove”

January 17th, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers

Many Koreans and Korean-Americans are upset about a novel being used in some American schools entitled, “So Far from the Bamboo Grove,” which is based on the Japanese author’s own experience of fleeing across Korea to get back home to Japan at the end of World War II. In the novel the author apparently describes the violence, rape, and death she and her family saw along the way. Here is a December 31 article about the controversy from the Boston Globe: “School board to vote on Korea book.” Also, be sure to check out a very detailed post on the controversy over at “The Marmot’s Hole” here.

Koreans claim that the “novel” is an unfair depiction of Korea at the time, and so far there are ninety-three “customer rants reviews” at the Amazon Online Bookstore, most of which seem to be critical of the book. 

***UPDATE: I made a rash judgement on the customer reviews. The most recent reviews are almost all critical, but the older reviews speak highly of the book, most giving it a 5-star rating. It seems the recent controversy has caused some angry Koreans to visit the Amazon Web site. 

I have not read the book and do not really know what happened to Japanese families living in Korea at the end of World War II, but I can imagine that it must have been quite difficult for them to get back home to Japan after the war. I am interested in this period of history, so if anyone has any information on it, I would love to hear about it.

Also, the Chosun Ilbo claims here that the book has been banned in both Japan and China. Is that true? If it is, does anyone know why it was banned in Japan?

It seems that one of the reasons the book is receiving so much attention is that it tells a powerful and emotional story. Here are a couple of reviews of the book on Amazon:

From Publishers Weekly
This riveting novel, based on the author’s own experiences, describes a Japanese family forced to flee their home in Korea at the end of WW II. Ages 10-up.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal
Grade 6 Up A true account that is filled with violence and death, yet one that is ultimately a story of family love and life. Eleven-year-old Yoko Kawashima had led a peaceful and secure life as the daughter of a Japanese government official stationed in North Korea near the end of World War II. Abruptly, all is changed as she, her older sister Ko, and their mother flee the vengeance-seeking North Korean Communists and eventually make their way to an unwelcoming and war-ravaged Japan. Yoko’s story is spellbinding. She often escapes death by mere chance; her brother, Hideyo, separated from the family, has an equally harrowing escape. The longed-for arrival in Japan proves to be an almost greater trial, as their mother, defeated by the discovery that all their Japanese relatives are dead, dies. Together, Yoko and Ko create a home in which to await the return of Hideyo. Watkins writes clearly and movingly, with a straightforward style through which the story unfolds quickly. She skillfully alternates her account of the girls’ journey with that of their brother, maintaining readers’ interest in both. Watkins is able to describe scenes of death, rape, and other atrocities with a simple directness which has no trace of sensationalism yet in no way diminishes their horror. Readers will be riveted by the events of the escape and struggle for survival, and enriched and inspired by the personalities of the family. Especially well drawn is Yoko’s gradual emergence from a frightened, whining child to a strong and courageous young girl. Parallels can be drawn to Holocaust survival stories such as Aranka Siegal’s Upon the Head of the Goat (Farrar, 1981) and Esther Hautzig’s The Endless Steppe (Crowell, 1968). So Far from the Bamboo Grove should have a place among the finest of them. Louise L. Sherman, Anna C. Scott School, Leonia, N.J.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc.


145 Responses to ““So Far from the Bamboo Grove””

  1. comment number 1 by: kyliup1

    Hey, Japanese right wingers, you have to accept many of the Japan’s historical crimes.. I hate them because everything is distorted by imperialists that still exists in Japan.

    1) Ancient Japan was built by Korean Ancestors.
    2) Japanese Imperial Family was from Korea.
    3) Japanese was barbarian until 1850 in East Asia.
    4) Japanese development after WWII was due to Korean War
    5) Japanese influence in the development of Korea?
    – No, because Japan’s exploitation from Korea was
    much bigger than help.
    6)Korean received Japanese education during colonial
    period ??
    -No, because Korea already had many mordern schools
    built by European and American missioneries in 1880s
    before Japans invasion. No thanks Japan..

    7) Koreans love atomic bombing of Hiroshima and
    Nagasaki.

    8 Japanese exploitation and atrocities in Korea were
    uncountable. Japan forced 3 millions Koreans into the
    war, and took out even plates and spoons in kitchen.

    9)Korea was the Allies during WWII ??
    -Never.. So people don’t like Japanese right wingers.

    10) Dokdo has been a Korean part of Korean territory
    since AD512, and was taken by the Japanese in 1905
    and that “evil Japan” is trying to take it again.

    11)Japan is still a militant and unaplologetic state, that
    Japan should pay use of Korean labor during WWII
    because fucking Japan forcefully push them in to WAR.

    12) Of course, Koguryo is a ethnic Korean kingdom and
    Manchuria should be handed over to Korea. Japan sold
    out Korean Manchuria to China through Kando treaty
    which is illegal in 1909.

    13) The Japanese changed the name of “East Sea(sea of
    corea)” to “Sea of Japan” after 1905 and spread to the
    Western countries. Korea has enough evidence.

    14) Japan is interrupting Korea Reunification because
    Japan is afraid of the unified Korea.

    Japanese imperialists, stop history distortion and shame on you!!!

  2. comment number 2 by: kyliup1

    tomato,
    visit and watch glorious japan.

    http://www.japanflag.com/english/report1.htm

  3. comment number 3 by: kyliup1

    Japanese Pastor Voices His Criticism Over Controversial Book by Kawashima Watkins

    The recent controversy surrounding the book “So Far from the Bamboo Grove” has spurred one pastor in Japan to speak out against its misrepresentation of Korean people after World War II in the Jan. 26 edition of the Korean newspaper Kookmin Ilbo.

    “The author Yoko Kawashima Watkins did not display one ounce of self-criticism,” wrote Japanese pastor Toshifumi Aso in his Kookmin Ilbo commentary. “She should have discussed all the atrocities Koreans had to endure under the Japanese colonial rule. Furthermore, she should be grateful for the fact that she was able to return to Japan unscathed from the Korean peninsula after the Japanese surrender.”

    The children’s book, “So Far from the Bamboo Grove,” was published in 1986, but recently drew wide attention as the book was added onto reading book lists in various middle schools along the east coast in the U.S..

    The story is of “Yoko”- the author and the main character in the story – and her family’s escape from Korea soon after Japan’s surrender in 1945. She tells stories of rape and murder of many Japanese escapees by Russian soldiers and angry Korean mobs.

    Many concerned parents have raised the issue of “unbalanced” portrayal of history, in which the author’s narration of the post-war period in Korea is depicted in a biased manner. They warned that the book misleads young children to have the wrong impression of Korean history and people.

    A recent inquiry into the book revealed that the main character’s father, a high ranking officer of Unit 731, was a leading figure in conducting biological experiments on humans using primarily Korean test subjects. The author does not mention the affairs of her father in the book.

    The Japanese pastor recalls his painful journey from Chungjin, North Hamkyung Province,which is located in the northern part of the Korean Peninsula, to the southernmost city and port in Busan.

    “My family had to travel from Chungjin to Busan, the entire length of the Korean peninsula,” said Aso. “I cannot even describe that few months of treacherous journey in words.”

    In his commentary, Aso reminisced about his poignant experience of his family having to flee in the direst situation.

    “I remember – like yesterday – having to escape from a Russian concentration camp; the untimely passing of his younger sister in a mountain due to starvation; the bittersweet taste of warm soybeans after an empathetic Korean family gave beans to his family; being lost in the mountains after he frantically ran away from the bullets of Soviet soldiers; and shivering in fear when their train bound for Busan stopped running.”

    He also recalled all the kind hands from Korean elders who sheltered and fed his family in their time of need.

    “I can’t remember who the elderly ladies were, but I still cannot forget – to this day – their warm heart,” he wrote. “I want to tell my grandchildren these precious stories.”

    He added, “When Korea is finally reunified, I want to go back to the place where we fled and visit my sister who is buried somewhere in northern Korea. I wish my dream could come true while I am still alive.”

  4. comment number 4 by: Mika

    kyliup1, Koreans like you are just proving present anti-Japanese movement in Korea is simply fueled by nationalism and racism.
    They are not viewing the problem as a moral-based problem.
    I really don’t want to use the term uncivilized but I have to say Korea simply does not possess the maturity level nor the people quality which are essential for having an independent mind of their own.
    Without an independent mindset, they are easily persuaded and influenced by their government and media that have their own
    agenda when it comes to spreading the anti-Japanese feeling.

  5. comment number 5 by: tomato

    kyliup:

    Thanks for your provacative comment. I see you changerd your ”j” into “i”. So you want to kill japs, heh? Good for you!

    Your lack of any human intelligence baffles me. How can people like you exist on the face of earth? Now why don’t you just get lost.

  6. comment number 6 by: pacifist

    kyliup1,

    You are a poor victim of Korean distorted education.
    Every item you brought seems to be reversed.

    For example, Korean textbooks of history didn’t refer to the Japanese influence in the ancient times.

    Look at this site:

    http://www.geocities.jp/bxninjin2004/data_room/13/Gwanggaeto.html

    And there were no westernized schools in Korea until Japan built schools all over the country, except a few Christian schools.
    Before the annexation, there were only 1% of the population went to school. But in 1943, the school attendance was 61% and there were 2,398,000 pupils all over the peninsula in 1944.

    And unfortunately for the rightwingers in Korea like you, Chosun was facing a collpase. The world looket at Chosun as fragile country that needed other countries’ help. I’m sorry to say this, but you should learn how was the situation of Chosun in those days.

  7. comment number 7 by: kyliup1

    Hey, Mika, Tomato, Pacifist,
    I told I hate Japanese right wingers..OK? If you are not right wingers, please do not blame on my comment.

    Pacifist,
    many American history professors including Dr. Jared Diamond stuided ancient Korea and Japan history. Search
    ‘Japanese Roots’ at Yahoo and read it please. How Japanese culcure was inferior to Korean culture until the end of edo period.

  8. comment number 8 by: kyliup1

    Pacifist,
    you are so silly right winger. Nobody believe that history based on Japanese imperial history.

    Kaya(Kara) people, one of Korean tribe lived in Korean peninsula ran away to Kyusu island , Japan. Because their
    power was so small, Silla and Bakjae kick out Kaya(Kara).

    The small tribe, Kaya(Kara) escaped Korean peninsula, and settled in Kyusu island, Japan around AD 400, and built
    Yamato clan( not a nation, trbe state).

    Yamato deported Ainu and native islanders(korean calls them monkies, and Wei), and developed Nara later.
    Nara was the first regular state in Japan. Nara was added by
    Bakje people, and become Japanese emperor(Teno)..

    Evidence- 1. foundation myth of japan is turtle story that
    is the same as that of Kaya(Kara).
    2. There are many Kaya’s historical things have
    been found in Kyusu island. Those have late
    chronicles compared to found in Korean
    Peninsula.

    3. Nippon is made in the end of the 7th
    centries by Bakje refuges. “Minama Nippon”
    was fablicated later. Why?? I told the name
    ‘Nippon’ did not exist before the end of 7
    centries.

    Nowdays, Japanese historian do not trust the imperialist history except right wingers. Everybody are sure that Korean peninsula has iron culture and Japanese islands have bronze culture around AD 400.

  9. comment number 9 by: kyliup1

    Mika, Tomato, Pacifist,

    please vist to,

    http://www.japanflag.com/english/report4.htm

  10. comment number 10 by: bad_moon_rising

    kyliup1 Said:
    How Japanese culcure was inferior to Korean culture until the end of edo period.

    How exactly does one determine whether a culture is superior or inferior? Take dog eating. A culture which values dogs as companions and pets might view another culture that eats dogs to be inferior.

    “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”
    –Mahatma Gandhi

    “Until he extends the circle of compassion to all livings things, Man will not himself find peace.”
    –Albert Schweitzer

    “He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.”
    –Immanuel Kant

    Animal welfare is one way a person might judge a culture. However, perhaps that isn’t quite what kyliup1 had in mind. Let’s go back to third century Japan. See Kofun

    The oldest Japanese kofun is said to be Hokenoyama Kofun located in Sakurai, Nara, which dates to later 3rd century. In Makimuku district of Sakurai, earlier keyhole kofun (Hashihaka Kofun, Shibuya Mukaiyama Kofun) were built around early 4th century. The trend of keyhole kofun first spread from Yamato to Kawachi (where gigantic kofun as Daisen Kofun of Emperor Nintoku are built), and then throughout the country (except for the Tōhoku region) in 5th century.

    What do we have on the Korean peninsula during the 3rd century? Well, we don’t find anything resembling a Kofun. What about during the 4th century? Nada. In fact Korea was 200 years behind Japan in this technology. Only during the latter half of the 5th century do we find a Kofun in Korea.

    Later that century, keyhole kofun were also built in Gaya confederacy in Southern part of Korean peninsula.

    These Kofun were not cheap to build so someone on the peninsula must have really taken a liking to them and had them made at great expense. In other words, they thought Japanese culture was cool. This is just one example (among many) of technology and culture flowing from Japan to Korea.

    The Wikipedia article goes on to warn the reader that “some Korean archaeologists don’t want to recognize the culture inflows from Japan to Korea in ancient times.” That probably explains a good deal why Koreans are unaware of many aspects of their own history.

  11. comment number 11 by: Mika

    kyliup, that site is typical anti-Japan propaganda by Koreans. If you’re going to debate history and use photos as evidence, you need to verify when, where, and who took the pictures. Without it, it becomes tertiary source with no credibility. I’ve noticed that they are using one of photos of an autopsy of a Japanese woman who was killed by Chinese soldiers in the Sainan Incident. That photo was originally printed in a Japanese book, 山東省動乱記念写真帖, in 1928. Koreans who created that site obviously don’t care about the “fact”. And the sad irony is that the use of misinformation backfires. It undermines the credibility of those who employ it and thus hurts their cause more than it helps.

  12. comment number 12 by: kyliup1

    bad_moon_rising ,

    Dog eating culture exists in Japan, China, Philippines and Vietnam too. Please do not cover up your proud culture.
    Some Japanese eat whale meat and monkey brain.
    I don’t want you eat dog, whale and monkey brain.

    Do you know Prof. Fujimura who fabricated Japanese ancient history? Shame on Japanese historians.

    I know that your pride Nintoku kofun was remade in 1850s.
    I have original small Nintoku kofun picture which was not remade. The picture shows small kofun. I know that a lot of Japanese history has been fabricated. That is not so nice.

    I am not interested that fabricated Japanese history. Why Japan do not want to open Nintoku’s kofun.. The answer that “Nintoku was Korean”

    By the way, please visit,
    http://www.japanflag.com/english/report4.htm

  13. comment number 13 by: tomato

    You are a poor victim of Korean distorted education

    More like victim of his own stupidity. Just look at this guy! He is making a total fool out of himself. Let his seoul rest in peace.

  14. comment number 14 by: kyliup1

    Mika ,

    I am not anti-Japanese propaganda, I love Japan as Yoko loves Korea. But I hate Japanese right wingers as a lot of Japanese hate them.

    Japanes right wingers always deny clear evidence including photos.. Those photos showing atrocities including murders, raping, kidnapping were taken by Western reporters. Please accept the facts. Why Japanese are trying to whitewash the evil crimes??

    That’s the reason Most of Asian people don’t like ugly Japanese right wingers.

  15. comment number 15 by: Mika

    kyliup1, If you want to use photos as historical evidence, you need verifiable time, place, and origin. If the picture is mislabeled, then it is propoganda. If the picture is propoganda, then it weakens the veracity of the story.

  16. comment number 16 by: kyliup1

    tomato ,

    Shame on you!!

    Everybody knows Japan’s history distortion in the world.
    Even all European journals handles Japanese history distortion, and Japan government is trying to interupt
    broadcasing and publicating Japanese history distortion.

    You, Japanese are sad victime of history distortion.
    Why?? only Japanese deny the true history in the world..

  17. comment number 17 by: tomato

    Gee, kill-jap, you’re really in trouble!

    I suggest you go to the nearest psyciatrist right away to do some check-up.

  18. comment number 18 by: GarlicBreath

    Killjap wrote:

    That’s the reason Most of Asian people don’t like ugly Japanese right wingers

    Only Koreans and Chinese hate Japanese. In china they are brainwashed by their gov’t and state owned media. In Korea they willingly beleive anything that is anti-Japanese.

    However, as Koreans get better and better known…. people around the world are starting to hate them. So keep up the good work.

  19. comment number 19 by: pacifist

    kyliup1

    As I stated at first, you are a poor victim.
    I understand you, I know the situation in Korea. But you should read more foreign books written in English, not in hanglu. This is my advice for you.

    And me, and everybody here is not a rightwinger – we are normal citizen. You should notice how you were distortedly educated.

  20. comment number 20 by: pacifist

    kyliup 1

    To follow is for you:

     한국의 교과서에서는, 민중은 얼마나 심한 탄압을 받았는지, 거기에 결코 굽히는 일 없이 얼마나 용감하게 싸웠는지, 전후의 해방을 차지할 때까지 , 얼마나 철저히 해 식민지 정책에 대한 자주 구국 운동을 계속 했는지 , 와 같이, 격렬한 저항과 투쟁에 의해서 한국인은 노력해 왔다고 쓰여져 있다.만약, 정말로 그 만큼 격렬한 투쟁이 있던 것이라면, 한국 전 국토에는 상시 강력한 군사 지배가 펴져 사람들의 생활의 구석구석까지가 감시 상태에 있어 행동의 자유를 빼앗겼을 것이다.

     그런 사실은 전혀 없었다.대다수의 사람들이 등용한 저항을 하는 일 없이, 비교적 자주(잘) 통치의 질서에 따른 것이 사실이다.거기서 중요한 (일)것은, 그렇게 하는 것에 의해서, 조국은 방위되었다고 하는 것이다.대다수의 서민들이 그처럼 해 잘 통치되어 또 능숙한 통치를 꺼내는 것에 의해서, 조국은 지켜졌던 것이다.외국에서 반일 독립 운동을 전개한 일부의 사람들이 지킨 것에서는 전혀 없다.

     한국의 지식인들은, 조국을 빼앗아 돌려주기 위해서 정치적으로 싸운다고 하는 테마가 있는 것은 알고 있어도, 정치적 국가의 주권이 빼앗기고 있는 상태로, 아무리 조국을 방위하는가 하는 테마가 있다고는 생각하지 않는다.그러나, 한국 서민들은 잘 통치되는 것을 가지고, 훌륭하게 조국을 방위했던 것이다.조국과는 정치적 국가의 주권으로는 없고, 국토, 향토, 습관, 문화등과 사람들의 일상생활의 총체이다.정치적 국가의 주권이 없는 상태로, 사람들은 스스로의 손으로 조국을 지키기 위해, 그처럼 몸을 대처했던 것이다.

     한국의 지식인들은, 식민지 시대에는 전반적으로 평온인 일상생활이 거의 확보되고 있고, 온화하고 평화로운 일본인 생활자와의 친밀한 교류가 있던 것을, 솔직하고 당당히 인정하지 않으면 안 된다.식민지 통치하에 있던 한국 서민은, 평온 무사한 보통 생활이 기본적으로 저해되지 않는 이상 굳이 반일 독립 운동의 기를 내걸어 통치자와 싸우는 일 없이, 통치 질서에 정연하게 따라서 사는 길을 선택했던 것이다.그리고 일·미 개전이 되어, 한반도에도 위기가 방문한 것에 의해서, 가족이나 향토의 생활을 지키기 위해서 일본인과 같이 일본의 전시 정책에 협력하며 갔다.이러한 한국인 서민의 삶의 방법을, 자랑을 가져 적극적으로 긍정하지 않으면 안 된다.

     한국은, 이 압도적 다수의 서민들의 조국에의 생각을 계승하는 의지를 가지고 재출발해, 식민지 컴플렉스를 끊어 가지 않으면 안 된다.어쨌든, 식민지 컴플렉스를 끝나게 한 없는 한, 일한 화해에의 길은 열리지 않는다.
     특별히 교양도 없고 소박한 시골인으로서 살아 온 나의 어미들이, 의 것이라고들 도 없고 느낌 산물 「일본 및 일본인에게의 좋은 인상」을 말하는 것은 왜인가.거기에는 아무런 식민지 컴플렉스는 없고, 단지 자신들의 체험을 이라고 누른 솔직한 일본인관, 일본관이 있을 뿐(만큼)이니까 인 것인다.

    (prof.呉 善花)

  21. comment number 21 by: pacifist

    kilup 1

    One more text for you;

    ·식민지 시대에 자신이 접한 일본인은 좋은 사람이었는데도 관계없이, 전후의 한국에서는 그러한 「사적」인 이야기가 「반일이라고 한다”국시”」를 위해서 자기 억제되어 버렸다.
    ·역사적인 사실 관계를 조사해 문헌이나 자료를 모으면 모을수록, 한일의 역사에 관해서 그것까지 가지고 있던 자신의 지식은 너무나 경박했던가라고 하는 분노, 역사 교육의 이름의 아래에서 인간을 여기까지 속여도 좋은 것인지라고 하는 분노를 느꼈습니다.
    ·2001(헤세이 13) 년의 일본의 역사 교과서를 둘러싼 소동이 하나의 계기가 되었다고는 말할 수 있겠지요.한국측이 너무 자기중심적으로 쇼비니즘(국수주의)인 것에 의문을 느낀 것은 사실입니다.

    ·일본은 메이지 유신 이후, 많은 위업을 이루어 일본 만이 아니게 인류의 역사에도 다대한 공헌을 한 나라다.이러한 훌륭한 역사를 가지는 일본이 한 번, 전쟁에 졌기 때문에 자신들의 역사에 자부심을 가질 수 있지 못하고, 스스로를 학대하고 있는 것은 슬픈 것이다.
     현재의 일본의 문제는 사죄와 반성이 부족하다고 하는 것에 있는 것이 아니라, 과거에 대한 정산이 너무 지나쳤던 것에 있다.일본 사이드의 사죄와 반성의 반복이 한국측의 왜곡을 증폭시켜 고정화시키고 있는 면도 있다.일본이 당당한 자주 독립국가가 되기 위해서는, 무엇보다도 역사에 대한 자부심을 회복하는 것이다.

    (by Kim Wan-Sop)

  22. comment number 22 by: pacifist

    kilup 1

    One more text for you;

    ·「일본의 동아시아 진출은, 서양 제국주의의 침략과는 달라 착취와 수탈이 목적이 아니고, 혁명과 근대 정신을 전파 짊어진다라는 의도가 전제가 되어 있다.일본 제국은 조선과 대만의 민중을 착취하는 구체제를 정산해, 근대적인 법의 통치를 실현시켰다.그 결과, 일본이 통치하는 지역의 주민은 문명의 세례를 받아보다 인간다운 생활을 향수할 수 있었던 것이다」
     이것은 전후의 한국인이 가르칠 수 있어 온 역사 인식을 전면적으로 부정하는 것입니다.일본 통치 시대에 대해서는, 「모두 일본이 나빴다.일본의 탓으로 한국은 도탄의 괴로움을 맛원원 되었다」라고 하는 것이”한국인의 상식”입니다.그것을 김씨는, 일본의 식민지로 되어 있지 않으면 한국의 근대화는 있어 유리한 샀다고, 전면적으로 일본의 식민지 시대를 평가하고 있다.한국인 특유의 감정론을 배척하고, 매우 냉정하게 객관적으로 쓰여져 있는 것에 나는 우선 감탄했습니다.

     일본 통치 시대를, 지식적인 측면과 정치적인 측면에서 긍정적으로 평가한 것은, 한국인의 반일 감정과 일본인의 자학적 역사 인식의 쌍방을 인반복하는 것이라고 생각합니다.지금까지도 「일본은 한국에서 나쁜 일도 했지만, 좋은 일도 했다」라고 하는 중간적인, 절충적인 의견이 없었던 것이 아닙니다.그런데 김씨는 그러한 밸런스에”배려”하지 않고, 거의 전면적으로 일본의 통치 시대를 평가하고 있다.이것을 재차 평가하고 싶습니다.

    ·왜 한국은 식민지 지배를 허락해 버렸는지, 허락해 버린 스스로의 약점은 무엇이었는가와 반성하는 자세는 전혀 없다.
    ·한반도에 살고 있던 일한의 노인을 찾아 기록한 것이 「생활자의 일본 통치 시대」입니다.그들은 스스로의 주위의 일본인은 「모두 좋은 사람들(뿐)만으로, 심한 일본인이 있던 것은 전후가 되어 알았다」라고 합니다.이것은 통치 시대의 「생활자」로서 접한 일본인의 실상을, 전후 반일 교육을 베풀어진 것으로, 「공적」으로는 나쁜 일본인으로서 말하지 않을 수 없게 되었다고 하는 것이라면 나는 추측하고 있습니다.

    ·실제3·1 독립 운동을 기회로 일본은 그 통치의 방법을 보다 한국의 서민 의식에 맞는 것으로 바꾸어서 갔습니다.그 의미로 일본은 현명했고, 유연하게 통치를 실시했다고 말할 수 있다.반대로 일본은 무력에 의지하지 않아도 충분히 통치할 수 있는 만큼, 한국의 서민이 일본의 통치를 사실상 인정하고 있고, 생활이 안정되어 있던 증거라고 생각합니다.

    저희들은 일본 통치 시대의 전반에 걸쳐서, 일본인과 한국인의 사이에 「좋은 관계」가 있던 것을 알아야 합니다.김씨의 「친일파를 위한 변명」은 그것에 대해 잘 파고 들어 한층 더 일본의 식민지 시대가 없으면 한국의 근대화는 없었다고 단언하고 있다.이러한 역사에 대한 페어인 견해가 나의 후세대에 나왔던 것에, 조금 과장하여 들릴지도 모릅니다만, 나는 감동하고 있는 것입니다.김씨도 산 나와 같이 반일 교육을 받아 「반일」이 자명의 한국인이었다는 두입니다만, 왜 그것이 바뀌었는지요?

    ·언론 탄압하고 있는 나라로부터, 어떤 창조적인 발상이나 문화가 태어난다는 것이지요.한국의 미래성을 말한다면, 역사 인식이든 무엇으로 저것, 누구나가 자유롭게 자신의 생각을 주장할 수 있는 개방성의 획득이야말로, 제일의 문제라고 생각합니다.실제, 역사 인식을 피로한 책의 탓으로, 김씨도 사실상의 출국 금지 처분을 받거나 한 것이지요.

    ( a part of Prof. O Son-Fa’s statement about a banned book in Korea)

  23. comment number 23 by: Sonagi

    Looks like somebody did some pruning of the thread.

  24. comment number 24 by: wiesunja

    I saw the below post at Japanprobe and thought it beautifully summed up Korean trolls.

    I’ve noticed that on the internet and blogsphere, the only negative and offensive comments made about Japan are from Koreans, KA kyopos, or Chinese, or Koreans posing as other nationalities (a very common and typical Korean practice).

    However, on the other hand, I have noticed that negative comments and criticism of Korean overwhelmingly comes from non-Japanese foreigners, mostly westerners from North America and Europe. Also included are other non-Korean Asians such as SE Asians, Japanese, Taiwanese and people from other parts of the world.

    Kind of tells you alot about which country people find most distasteful. Maybe that is why Koreans get so screaming angry and come online and try to flood the internet with spam and their bigoted anti-Japanese statements on every single website related to Japan. It is their wish to force people to change their opinion and sway them into preferring Korea over Japan. However, in true Korean short-sighted fashion, they fail to realize that by engaging in such idiotic and obnoxious techniques, they only serve to offend and turn off people even more to Korea. It is quite amusing and funny to watch these Koreans in action as they get more and more frustrated by their idiocy until they go ballistic and just start screaming. All in all, it just turns into a vicious cycle.

  25. comment number 25 by: kyliup1

    wiesunja, please don’t be a stupid by yourself.

    You are a real propagganda. What is non-Korean??
    Please stop lying again. Most of people in the world hate
    Japanese imperialism. That is clear. Ask American, European, SE Asian whether they like Japanese atrocities and history distortion during World War II or not?

    Defidently everybody answer “Japanese atrocities and history distortion are so bad”

  26. comment number 26 by: kyliup1

    pacifist,

    I don’t care whether Yoko’s story is true or not but I must care because the book is textbook for children.

    I am sure that bamboo grove cannot be in the cold manchurian area- Yoko is lying. I know bamboo grove grows only in Southeren part of South Korea.

    Now, Glaring Yoko is changing her words from ‘bamboo grove’ to ‘bamboo grass’. -Why Yoko is changing her words?

    I doubt about,
    sentences in her book.
    (our home in its bamboo grove)” (straight into the bamboo grove, and ran all the way home)”. (beyond the bamboo grove)” (heard making cracking noises)”
    ———————————————–

    North Korea Communist Army established in 1948 but Yoko still insist she saw North Korean Communist Army
    in July and August in 1945. – That is real ridiculous Yoko.
    You are lying. May be you saw Japanese 731units or Russian red army. Please stop distortion and stop slandaring Korean people.

    —————————————————-

    What did Yoko’s father do in Manchuria?? Yoko changes her father’s jab many times through her book and interviews. Yoko said “My father was a Japanese diplomat” in her second book ‘My Brother, My sister, and I’. But she
    said her father worked for a railroad company in Manchuria. Furthermore, she told taht her father was a high officers of Japanese imperial government. Why yoko is telling lie so much in the Novel?

    Yoko must prove the facts. I don’t want prove the facts if the book is not usig for children,s text books.

  27. comment number 27 by: kyliup1

    pacifist,

    Hey, Japanese right wingers, you have to accept many of the Japan’s historical crimes.. I hate them because everything is distorted by imperialists that still exists in Japan.

    1) Ancient Japan was built by Korean Ancestors.
    2) Japanese Imperial Family was from Korea.
    3) Japanese was barbarian until 1850 in East Asia.
    4) Japanese development after WWII was due to Korean War
    5) Japanese influence in the development of Korea?
    – No, because Japan’s exploitation from Korea was
    much bigger than help.
    6)Korean received Japanese education during colonial
    period ??
    -No, because Korea already had many mordern schools
    built by European and American missioneries in 1880s
    before Japans invasion. No thanks Japan..

    7) Koreans love atomic bombing of Hiroshima and
    Nagasaki.

    8 Japanese exploitation and atrocities in Korea were
    uncountable. Japan forced 3 millions Koreans into the
    war, and took out even plates and spoons in kitchen.

    9)Korea was the Allies during WWII ??
    -Never.. So people don’t like Japanese right wingers.

    10) Dokdo has been a Korean part of Korean territory
    since AD512, and was taken by the Japanese in 1905
    and that “evil Japan” is trying to take it again.

    11)Japan is still a militant and unaplologetic state, that
    Japan should pay use of Korean labor during WWII
    because fucking Japan forcefully push them in to WAR.

    12) Of course, Koguryo is a ethnic Korean kingdom and
    Manchuria should be handed over to Korea. Japan sold
    out Korean Manchuria to China through Kando treaty
    which is illegal in 1909.

    13) The Japanese changed the name of “East Sea(sea of
    corea)” to “Sea of Japan” after 1905 and spread to the
    Western countries. Korea has enough evidence.

    14) Japan is interrupting Korea Reunification because
    Japan is afraid of the unified Korea.

    Japanese imperialists, stop history distortion and shame on you!!!

  28. comment number 28 by: ponta

    Most of people in the world hate
    Japanese imperialism.

    To be exact most of people in the world hate japananese imperialism and Korean gurads under Japanese imperialism who were more cruel than Japanese

    . Ask American, European, SE Asian whether they like Japanese atrocities

    Ask them whether they like Korean atrocity to Chinese and Koreans and Vitnaminee and Japanese. They’ll say they hate the atrocity.

    history distortion during World War II or not?

    Ask some specialists whether Korean distortion of history is horrible. Difinitely they will affirm it. and they’ll say Japanese histroty education might have problems as, say, American history education have, but they allows variety of interpretation unlike Korea.That makes them much better than Korea.

    By the way Korean hatred(恨) culture is getting more famous.worldwide.
    ttp://www.occidentalism.org/?p=487
    ttp://www.japanprobe.com/?p=1083

    Are you trying to make the hatred a trademark of Korea beside KImuchi by commenting like this?

    ………What do you come up when you heard the word, “Korea”..?

    KImuchi? the hatred” ……Bingo!!!!????? ,……Is that what are you dreaming of?

  29. comment number 29 by: kyliup1

    JAPAN’S DISTORTION OF HISTORY TO ERASE WAR CRIMES- IT IS REALLY URGENT!
    We are deeply concerned with the official approval of new Japanese History textbooks which,by presenting Japan as a nation centered on the emperor, and using ancient myths and legends as real history, can plant jingoistic nationalism in the hearts of the young. It also emphasizes the importance of the nation over the individual and exalts Japan’s invasion of Asia. Further, the Tsukuru Kai History Textbook is against democratic sovereignty, which is stipulated in our Constitution. It is also permeated with a similar ideology: the virtue of individuals sacrificing themselves for the nation and emperor, which clearly opposes the concepts of peace and human rights in the Constitution.

    The Textbook Review Council gave correction orders to the editors according to censorship rules. The Atarashii Rekishi Kyokasho wo Tsukuru Kai (Japanese Society for History Textbook Reform) did accept, as instructed by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology,137 revisions in the history textbook they submitted. The Tsukuru Kai History Textbook then gained approval. However, Mr. Kanji Nishio, the chair of Tsukuru Kai, mentioned that “our basic thoughts still remain” in spite of the revisions. a question still remains; how could the Review Council censor what is no longer there. A glaring instance of this kind of missing piece of history is the Comfort Women. No mention of them appears in the reformed textbook, neither before nor after the so-called censorship. The purpose of the Pacific war is portrayed as the Great East Asian Sphere of Peace, an interpretation that Asian people who experienced Japan’s colonization, would reject. Some members of the Textbook Review Council wanted to reject the entire textbook and it is a great loss to historical truth that their advice was not taken.

    Furthermore, to ensure students will be exposed to this view of history, the Ministry of Education has very cleverly changed who it is that select which text books to be used in the classrooms. Previously it was the teachers who made this choice, but politics has now transferred this selection to local education boards. We fear that ignoring what is happening now in Japan, will enable this very history to repeat itself. It is urgent that Asian nations and all peoples who have experienced the reality of Japan’s subjugation, challenge this new textbook and the kind of thinking that lies concealed behind it. We ask all who during the Pacific war, shared the reality of this history, to help us to see to it, that its truth not be lost.

    http://www.japanflag.com/english/report2.htm

  30. comment number 30 by: ponta

    BTW
    Thanks you for lists of Korean distortion of history Your are Korean, aren’t you?
    .

  31. comment number 31 by: kyliup1

    ponta,

    You are a really ignorant Japanese. Please paste your mouth with NATTO beans and Wasabi.. those look like shit.

    Origin of Japanese Imperial Family,

    The earliest emperors recorded in Kojiki and Nihonshoki, such as Emperor Jimmu, are considered today to have no historical credibility. The earliest monarch now listed as an emperor who is generally acknowledged by historians to have existed historically was Emperor Ojin. These two books state that the imperial house maintained a continuous lineage, though today some historians believe that many ancient emperors who were claimed to be descendants of Emperor Ōjin had no actual genealogical tie to their predecessor.[citation needed]However, the genealogy beginning from Emperor Keitai can be regarded as reliable, thus meaning that the dynasty has continued at least some 1500 years.[citation needed]

    The key to knowing the origin of the Japanese imperial line may lie within the ancient imperial tombs known as kofun. However, for centuries, the Imperial Household Agency has refused to open the kofun to the public, or to archaeologists, citing their desire not to disturb the spirits of the past emperors as justification for their refusal. On the other hand, some have suggested that the real reason for the Imperial Household Agency’s refusal may be concern that researchers will uncover evidence that contradicts the orthodox view regarding the origin of the Japanese imperial line.

    For example, it has been suggested that some of the kofun may contain evidence of a Korean origin to Japan’s imperial line,

  32. comment number 32 by: ponta

    kyliup1
    Thank you for another proof of Korean history distortion.
    And thanks again for your nice words.
    Are’t you Korean? I AM Japanese . Are you ashamed of your ethnicity so you can’t tell it?


  33. […] As you may have read in my earlier post on the subject, or on The Marmot’s Hole / Occidentalism, Korean ultranationalists have been putting on a pressure campaign against American schools that use “So Far from the Bamboo Grove” as a reading in their classes. Yonhap News has reported a Korean ultranationalist victory in the battle: WASHINGTON, Jan. 22 (Yonhap) — An autobiographical novel for children by a Japanese-American author claiming that she witnessed wartime atrocities committed by Koreans is now being rejected by an increasing number of schools in the United States as Korean-Americans challenge the authenticity of her story. […]

  34. comment number 34 by: GarlicBreath

    kyliup1 (killjap)

    You are very amusing. You made me smile.

    7) Koreans love atomic bombing of Hiroshima and
    Nagasaki.

    This is true. I have said many times that Koreans feel pleasure in the suffering of others. If hell has guards, they will surely be Korean.

    6)Korean received Japanese education during colonial
    period ??
    -No, because Korea already had many mordern schools
    built by European and American missioneries in 1880s
    before Japans invasion. No thanks Japan..

    This is why Americans like Sonaga are so annoying. She is a willing tool for nationalist Korean and their propaganda. A English teaching version of hanoi Jane.

    No offence Sonaga. You are a very misguided even though you are a nice person.

    14) Japan is interrupting Korea Reunification because
    Japan is afraid of the unified Korea.

    Korea is forever under the thumb of Japan. Why not unify and show Japan who is boss. The fact is that nobody in the North or South wants to unify. Korea will be forever divided.

  35. comment number 35 by: Matt

    kyliup1, if you post other peoples writings, make sure you include a link back to their site or source. Posting without attribution is plagiarism.

  36. comment number 36 by: Mika

    kyliup1,

    About 99 % of schools in Japan aren’t using the Tsukuru Kai History Textbook. Text books are written by private companies and they range from conservative to liberal to achieve the balance of perspectives. Most schools choose appropriate text books and reject biased ones. What about Korea and China? Why don’t you spend your energy on protesting against China’s textbook and Northeast Asia project? Do you know that most Chinese are learning it? I am sure China is doing this so when North Korea collapses and China moves in, they will have historical backing to support their claim to keep it.

    Seriously, there’re much more important goings on in the world than your pissy uber-nationalism. Outrageous indeed.

  37. comment number 37 by: kyliup1

    Mika,

    I am blaming Japanese right wingers. As you see how terrible some japanese people here who are justifying japanese imperialism,

    Also, I am objecting to false historical background of Yoko story. It’s fiction but it’s children’s text book.
    So, the story should have been written based on accurate historical background.

    For example, ” The NK communist army was established in 1948″ but how can NK communist army bother Japanese family in 1945??

    If Chinese textbook discribes “Japanese Army did massacre in Nanjing 1948, will Japanese stay on scilence?????

    ————————————————–

    Koreans are also interested in protesting Chinese Northest Asian Project. This project is for Kando Manchuria whis was belong to Korea before Kando treaty
    illegally sold by Japan to China in 1909. Korea Government can file tht illegal treaty for international court of UN by 1909. I don’t think China move into NK .

    —————————————————–

    There is no any ultra nationalist in Korea. 90% of Koreans are very sensitive on history distortion based on their experience. Every family has at least 1 victime of WWII and
    separated family.

    ——————————————————

    Again, I hate japanese right winger at this site..

  38. comment number 38 by: GarlicBreath

    Matt;

    As you know killjap used wikipedia as her? source. Why do Koreans love wiki so much?

    Oh, I guess koreans love to fool people with silly ideas

    The low number of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) cases in Korea is sometimes attributed to the Korean habit of eating large quantities of kimchi, although no definitive link has been established [3]. There is some evidence that indicates that kimchi may be used to treat avian influenza in birds. [6]

    BTW Natto and wasabi are delicious. Japanese have made hundreds of very delicious foods from fermented soybeans and wasabi.

    People around the world love Japanese food, including the many many foods that are made from soybeans. However, it seems mostly only Koreans eat at Korean restaurant. And almost every nation in the world finds dog eating to be horrible.

    Nowadays more and more Koreans restaraunts change their menus to reflect more Japanese food. This is one more example of Korea copying Japan.

  39. comment number 39 by: GarlicBreath

    kiljap said:

    For example, ” The NK communist army was established in 1948″ but how can NK communist army bother Japanese family in 1945??

    Lankov said that the party was founded in 1945.

    There were clearly ‘communist’ factions in NK at this time. It is just as clear that you could care less about this issue, but it is because you hate all Japanese, not just ‘rightwingers’ and will use any absurd arguement to dismiss this great work of art.

  40. comment number 40 by: wiesunja

    kyliup1,

    You really are a sad Korean. Let me explain to you something.

    I am neither Japanese nor Korean. However, I find Koreans very rude, crude, low class and very barbaric in their thinking. I find Japanese people much more pleasant to deal with. That is probably what touches your Korean nerve and sets you off to go ballistic and psycho just like all other Koreans who scream with anger and jealousy when they realize that most foreigners think badly of Korea and much more highly of Japan. That’s what really angers you Koreans..I know. How do I know? Because Koreans are the most immature, childish, brainwashed and full of jealous rage peole I have ever seen in my entire life. I know you will hate to know this but if you go to any LEGITIMATE website related to Japan (note, “legitimate” means an actual website that is not operated by Koreans for use in their hate jealous agenda>, you will see that although there are criticisms, for the most part, most foreigners (westerners, asians, etc.) maintain a respectful attitude towards Japan and there are always many topics other than racism.

    However, contrast that to a Korean-related blog such as this, the Marmot’s Hole, Dave’s ESL cafe, Kimchi Pig,etc. A common trait among ALL KOREAN-related websites run by foreigners is that complaints about Korean people’s ugly behavior and racism is always the NUMBER ONE topic. Furthermore, the people in these websites ALL of them say how disgusting and vile Korean behavior is, especially those of KAs who cannot handle criticism. A very common statement is that with a Japanese person, you can criticize Japan but still remain friends. With a Korean, the minute you say something critical about even the weather in Korea, they start screaming about how Korea is superior and how foreigners are barbarians. No thanks.

    So, I guess this is what really hurts you and makes you mad…that foreigners like me, who at first never had any prejudice against Koreans, slowly begin to understand and see the ugliness that makes up the Korean mentality and write negative comments. Of course, you being Korean, you are never able to admit responsibility for your own actions as Koreans always like to blame others for their problem. Well, I am sorry to say but that just makes foreigners like myself get even more disgusted with Korea. It’s funny, most children in the world behave like that until age 10 before they mature and begin to understand that accepting blame and correcting it is part of maturity. Apparently, most Koreans remain unable to understand this well until their 50’s. LOL.

    So yes, before I spent time in Korea and Japan, I had no prejudices and all of my thoughts/beliefs were formed AFTER having experience in both countries. What I found to be true where the following:

    – Japanese people try to remain calm and polite even if you disagree with them on something political. If you disagree with Koreans, they always use dirty language and racist words like “f-ck, “sh-t”, and scream like little spoiled children. Very barbaric and offensive.

    – Japanese are able to separate a foreigners as an individual. To Koreans, individuality is not important. It’s always race and nationality that they see first and on which they base their judgement.

    – Japanese think about Korea maybe 1 minute out of the day when they eat kimchi or watch some stupid commercial with Bae Yong Joon. From the minute they wake up in the morning until they fall asleep at the computer at 3AM either searching for porn or desperately trying to post anti-Japan messages at every single website possible on the internet, Koreans obsess and have Japan on their minds 24 hours/day.

  41. comment number 41 by: Aki

    Just for information, a Korean wrote what his grandmother saw after the Japan’s surrender.
    http://enjoyjapan.naver.com/tbbs/read.php?board_id=teconomy&page=2&nid=2326847

    나의 할머니 실화 – 한국인에 맞아 죽은 일본인 선생님. | 시사/경제
    번호:2144180 작성자: ——- 작성시간:2006-06-29 03:37:44
    지금은 잊혀진 이야기
    그러나 실제 있었던 이야기다.
    나의 할머니가 초등학교 학생이 었을때 일본이 패망 하고 한국이 독립을 했다.
    할머니가 살던 마을에는 일본에서 온 일본인 초등학교 선생님이 있었다.
    일본인 선생님은 “조선의 아이를 가르치고 싶다 ” 라고 하여 가족들과 함께 한국으로 건너와서 한국의 시골에서 아이들을 가르치고 있었는데 중간에 일본이 전쟁에 패하게 된것이다.
    일본이 패망하던날 밤에 사람들은 도망가는 일본인 선생님과 가족을 붙잡았고
    일본인 선생님은 ” 죄송합니다. 정말 죄송합니다 ” 라고 용서를 구하고 있었다.
    그 일본인 초등학교 선생님은 한국 학생들에게 아주 잘 대해주고 따뜻하게 해 줬기 때문에 용서를 구하고 있는 선생님의 모습을 본 할머니와 할머니 친구들은 울기 시작했다. 성난 마을 사람들은 “일본인을 모두 죽여라. 한놈도 일본으로 돌아가지 못하게 남겨두지 마라 ” 라고 외치면서 일본인 선생님을 끌고 다녔다.
    할머니는 일본인 선생님과 선생님의 가족을 그 날 밤 이후로 다시 볼 수 없었다고 한다. 나중에 소문에 의하면 근처 산에서 선생님의 시체가 발견되었다고 한다.
    할머니는 수십년이 지난 지금에도 사람들에 둘러 쌓여서 용서를 빌고 있었던
    그 일본인 선생님의 모습이 기억에서 잊혀 지지 않는 다고 했다.
    일본인의 잘못도, 한국인의 잘못도 아닌 역사가 만들어낸 비극 이다

    There were irrational people shouting “killzap” and rational people who watched them. It seems that the situation in Korea is still the same as it was.

  42. comment number 42 by: kojibomb

    Garlicbreath

    Japanese restaurants are more famous than Korean. Even in Vancouver, I think 3 out of every 5 restaurants are Japanese lol. But some Korean restaurants are famous to foreigners too esp Korean BBQ. There are even some Japanese running Korean restaurants lol

    Wiki is not really used by Koreans… but http://woy.yahoo.co.jp/
    aha first place wiki

  43. comment number 43 by: bad_moon_rising

    kyliup1 said:
    You are a really ignorant Japanese. Please paste your mouth with NATTO beans and Wasabi.. those look like shit.

    Fortunately, a good portion of the world outside Korea doesn’t share that opinion. If you did any research you would know that Natto is actually very nutritious.

    The natto bean is a nutritional dynamo. For every 100 grams consumed, you are filling your body with 16.5 g of protein, 10.0 g of fats, 9.8 g of sugar, 2.3 g of fiber, and 1.9 g of ash for a total of 2,000 kilocalories. To say nothing of the host of vitamins and minerals you are getting: 0.07 milligrams of B1, 0.56 mg of B2, 1.1 mg of niacin, 90 mg of calcium, 190 mg of phosphorous, 3.3 mg of iron, 2 mg of sodium, 660 mg of potassium, and absolutely no cholesterol. There is more. Natto contains all eight of the necessary amino acids not produced by the human body as well as essential fatty acids like linoleic acid and enzymes that aid digestion. All of this has earned natto the respectful moniker of hatake no niku (field meat).

    Both the Germans and the Russians have tried Natto.

    The impressive staying power the Japanese army exhibited during the Russo-Japan War led the Nazis to research natto for its military applications during World War II. This was achieved by transporting 30,000 tons of soybeans over the Trans-Siberian Railroad from Manchuria. It is unclear how German soldiers took to the taste, but natto was apparently consumed on the battlefield in Greece, and performance was promising enough for Hitler to call for the harvesting of soybeans in Hungary, Rumania, and Yugoslavia.

    In 1987, Alexander Serebrov, the Soviet Union’s most experienced cosmonaut, took dried natto with him on a Soyuz mission. There he found that natto’s 80-90% rate of soybean protein absorption made it an ideal candidate for future travel in space.

    see NATTO by Christopher Stephens

    Yep, Natto is actually a space age food. As for Wasabi, I am happy to say that its popularity is growing by leaps and bounds and Koreans are doing their part to help spread it around the world along with sushi. Japanese food has become rather popular of late. See Sushi Takes On the Burger
    Asian fast-food chains are growing swiftly as health consciousness helps soy, sashimi and sukiyaki gain footing in mainstream food courts

  44. comment number 44 by: judy

    Hello.dear friends. I appreciate all of your concern. I’m a lady from south korea. I live in Seoul. the capital city of Korea. Some ago I went to the library in my neighborhoon with my daughter. there we read a book tltled ‘Hirosioma’. My daughter is 8 years old now and she doesn’t know about the second world war and the tricky sotuation between Korea and Japan. She got shokted and wondered why war and killing. I could answer nothing. I was not at that time and place. Most of you who are concerned about this book or something were not, emther. What is the most important reason we learn history is that we should not follow or mimic their mistake and wrong belief. I have lots of japanese friends and we are often talk about our past and try not to hurt others. You can say anything but may hurt some Japanese or korean. Do you know ‘Astraea’? She is the goddess of justice who ewars a blindfold not to be unbiased and carries a sword and scales. Are you sure you don’t have any discrimination? I hope you accept others because you might be their shoes. Nobody can judge the book and the past history. The book is not documentary but fiction. But some readers might recognige it as a real story . That’s why we should be careful in taking it as a textbook. Lots of children are dying in the killing field. I hope we share our vision and dream. Tonight I will hang out with my Japanese friend and toast for world vision.

  45. comment number 45 by: Sena

    This book is a hard topic and events I never knew about the past appeared when I readed it the first time when I was 12. I ditested the topic and never knew that events could have happenned like that.I am Korean…and I felt hurt reading this book I didn’t know about so much pain. And soon enough I asked for the truth from my parents(I felt cheated and I relised how much they dispised it when I watched japanese shows and grew up with watching them) I now am much more wiser in a sence I’m turning 15 and my whole thought of war and death was because of reading that book. I hated reading it with so many people who crittized koreans because of that book…My Grandmother lived in the Korean War when she was 10…her sister lived threw it around 15 so the same age as me and my sister. Then my grandmother lossed her father and lived a cinderella life with 8 evil step-siblings.(only the 9 and 10 step-sibling helped her) She taught me to respect my elders and taught me about the worst hardships can lead to better lifes.(My grandmother was not educated, poor,even starved when she was young and lost her husband at 55 years-old my grandfather I was 4 when he passed away) But even therw all of it she became sucessful in her life.
    I read many books and learned a bunch of things from my father.

    I learned many things that happened long time ago..

    -Men being sent in to the japanese army to be the first to die, to be a Kamakaze..
    -Men in the korean war that were young men or who had family.
    -A split country
    -Koreans who were sent to be workers
    -Korean Women who were sent to Japan as early as 16 and never came home
    -Children being taught Japanese while they burned thousands of books about history and traditions.
    -Banned Korean
    -Chopped Thousands of trees, and burned the rose of sharon(national flower of Korea), and replaced them with Cherry Blossom trees.
    -Earlier invasions that lead to thousands of people slathered not even sparing women,children or the eldery.(There is a monument of noses in Japan but actully are ears that have been preserved in order to count on how many they slathered instead of bringing the bodies)
    -A million civilains died in the Korean War.
    -Later became known as the forgoten war.
    -Korean may hold grudges but never conquered China or Japan the land of the morning calm.
    -We are a whole country that lasted 5,000 years we are are proud of it.
    -We are people who care about family and want are people to survive.
    -We are no empire, or kingdom we are koreans.
    -Korea is proud of their heritage and will always love it.

    I am aware of what japan did but as long as we are here they have never taked away are pride cause all the children are the future and they can learn from what caused great races to collapse and how to prevent them from happening again if we think of what japanese did was wrong we never have it happen again. Cause people can’t always bewindle in the past because people learn from hardships all the time to create a better future and happier life.