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VANK plans to ‘educate’ children about Dokdo

April 25th, 2006 . by Matt

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The radical nationalist Voluntary Agency Network Korean (VANK) that fights against Japanese ‘historical distortions’ like the naming of the Sea of Japan, or the legal status of Takeshima/Dokdo, has put into effect a plan to teach Korean elementary school children, among others, about how Dokdo is actually Korean territory, reports Yahoo Korea news.

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Simple brainwashing without explaining the actual issues behind the Dokdo/Takeshima dispute

Last week, VANK was teaching school children about Dokdo in an elementary school in Kwangju. Here is a quote –

“오늘은 한국을 소개하는 e카드를 만듭시다. 여러분, 독도는 어느나라 땅이죠?” “우리땅이오!” “예, 맞아요. 하지만 한국도 잘 모르는 사람한테 독도는 우리땅이라고 말해봤자 소용이 없겠죠. 그래서 오늘은 친구들한테 한국을 대표하는 이미지와 함께 우리나라를 소개하는 편지를 쓰는 거예요.”

My translation –
Teacher: “Today we will be making some E-cards that introduce Korea. Everyone, to which country does Dokdo belong?”
Kids: “It is our land!”
Teacher: “That is right. But saying that Dokdo is our land to a person that lacks knowledge about our country is meaningless. So today, let us send a letter to our friends overseas introducing our country, along with an image that represents Korea”

The teacher also urged the kids to send emails to map making organisations, textbook companies of foreign countries, and other large organisations that indicate the Sea of Japan, rather than the ‘correct’ naming used in Korea, the ‘East Sea’.

I dont want to be negative, but is not the result of this kind of ‘education’ going to be a repeat of this kind of thing?


23 Responses to “VANK plans to ‘educate’ children about Dokdo”

  1. comment number 1 by: kazuo

    The true reason on which it is insisted that the South Korean change Sea of Japan into East sea is that Takeshima island(dokdo) owning right problem between Japan and South Korea is made advantageous.
    The site that following VANK made is the evidence.
    These two sites are quite the same content.
    http://www.seaofjapan.com/
    http://www.takeshima.com/

    The South Korean calls Yellow Sea West sea, and is calling East China Sea South sea. However, the South Korean doesn’t insist to change it into the South Korea name.

    By the way, China is calling East China East sea. Therefore, a Chinese government is supporting the maintenance of Sea of Japan single name.

  2. comment number 2 by: kazuo

    Correction

    The 11th line
    correct: Chaina is calling East China Sea East sea.
    Mistake: Chaina is calling East China East sea.

  3. comment number 3 by: James

    Are they writing these e-cards in English? I wish they would send me a copy..

  4. comment number 4 by: Matt

    Are they writing these e-cards in English? I wish they would send me a copy..

    James, VANK is well known for email spamming, so you might get your wish.

  5. comment number 5 by: Errol

    Give me a child until he is seven and I will give you the man … or whatever …

  6. comment number 6 by: ponta

    They should also tell the kids that when “People have cut off fingers outside the embassy to demonstrate the sincerity of their outrage,Many Japanese regard this fervour as either juvenile or synthetic”,and that “Japanese governments have been trying for more than 40 years to have the islets issue adjudicated by the International Court of Justice” “however, there is a respectable body of international opinion that Japan’s case is at least legally valid,link so “Seoul has rightly snubbed the approach.
    link
    And let the kids judge what they think of it.

  7. comment number 7 by: stumpjumper

    Are they writing these e-cards in English? I wish they would send me a copy..

    Hey, James
    Here is a sample from About.com
    http://geography.about.com/library/weekly/aa022402a.htm

    I think they should send out those e-mail wiht these pictures attached:
    http://aog.2y.net/forums/index.php?showtopic=1550

    That will be more effective.

  8. comment number 8 by: vanker

    MESSAGE DELETED – Vanker, abusive language and open threats are not permitted here. I have moved your comment to the Hall of Shame.

    Matt

  9. comment number 9 by: bishamon

    Every time I hear about Korean school children and VANK, it reminds me of Hitlar Jugend. Ignorant or Insane…they are true victims of ultra-nationalist movement.

  10. comment number 10 by: empraptor

    “… let us send a letter to our friends overseas introducing our country.”

    The sentence shoud include “along with an image that represents Korea”. I assume that’s the picture of the kids holding world globes.

    bishamon says: “Ignorant or Insane…”

    Surely, there’s more than two choices here. I think you had the more accurate answer from the beginning and neglected to mention it, since you refer to VANK and their likes as nationalistic.

    Ignorant and insane are poor discriminating qualities in children. All kids are ignorant and insane. You might as well give a cat choice of being mammal or quadrupedal.

  11. comment number 11 by: Travolta

    Vank suck. When I tell my students why the Sea of Japan is named the Sea of Japan and that the name doesn’t give Japan any legal right to anything and that it is just a naming convention used by Europeans to name seas so that you know where the christ they are, they all say “Ooooooh so that’s why its called the Sea of Japan. Right well there’s no problem then.”

    If they still doubt me I point to the map and say “Here, Korea has a name in the sea as well. ‘The Korea Straight’. You see it’s just a naming system. There are lots of examples of this if you look.” 100% of them agree that the argument is stupid and makes Korea look bad.

    Koreans are not stupid people, they just have stupid information and a stupid media and stupid leaders. Thanks VANK for lying to the Korean people and helping to actually worsen Korea’s image internationally by pushing for really stupid and annoying issues that no one cares about.

    Don’t they see that they’re making it worse for Korea? I have no problem with the idea of helping out Korea’s image internationally, I think its a good idea. But they go about it in such a childish ANNOYING and stupid way that they hurt Korea.

  12. comment number 12 by: Matt

    empraptor, you come through again. If you come to Sydney, beer is on me.

  13. comment number 13 by: bishamon

    empraptor Says:
    Ignorant and insane are poor discriminating qualities in children.

    That’s very true. Korean children are not at fault here. “Ignorant or Insane” should have been the remark for parents and teachers who are turning their children into Korean Jugend.

  14. comment number 14 by: SDLovah

    I don’t think that that is all the issue to it.

    Maybe it is because I was “brainwashed” like those other kids, but I think that it isn’t just a naming system; it does give a claim of sorts to the Japanese of the Sea of Japan/East Sea/Whichever name you use.

    I wouldn’t go and recruit 4,500 students to let everyone in the world know my point of view, but there can’t be much harm in posting it in a forum, i hope. =)

  15. comment number 15 by: Matt

    I wouldn’t go and recruit 4,500 students to let everyone in the world know my point of view, but there can’t be much harm in posting it in a forum, i hope. =)

    🙂 Welcome to Occidentalism.

  16. comment number 16 by: darintenb

    So today, let us send a letter to our friends overseas introducing our country, along with an image that represents Korea

    And that image is??? “Korea, the nation of email bombers combined with the largest inferiority complex in the history of time”? Ah yes, go ahead and send your emails. Before long major anti-spam companies will simply block all South Korean IP’s and you can go cut off whatever fingers that still remain.

  17. comment number 17 by: empraptor

    Inferiority complex – I wouldn’t be surprised it that’s common in populations that were subjugated by others for a long time. Ethnicities of which people were often taken into slavery or countries which were under colony rule at one time, for examples.

    Korea comes in third as spam producer. US and China tie for first. That’s according to a US tally so maybe your’re thinking of something else. But I doubt US ISP’s are about to block all US IP’s. If you are talking about US ISP’s, that is.

  18. comment number 18 by: darintenb

    Korea comes in third as spam producer. US and China tie for first. That’s according to a US tally so maybe your’re thinking of something else. But I doubt US ISP’s are about to block all US IP’s. If you are talking about US ISP’s, that is.

    there is a difference between spam from money hungry crooks, and government approved, endorsed, and encouraged spam. Yes, that’s the image the world needs to see of Korea.. Please… And have you used anti-spam software before? some of it blocks all of China and Russia just because the number of legitimate email that comes from those countries is less then the number of spam. Surely plenty of legit. email comes from s. korea, but my point is “is this the image korea wants to show the world?” but you seemed to miss that the first time so i have to say it again.

  19. comment number 19 by: empraptor

    I read “anti-spam companies” as “ISP’s”. Maybe mixed up “IP’s” or something.

    Government endorsed or not, I would expect anti-spam companies to go by statistics rather than identity of the source. It’s still unwanted unrequested email.

    That was the only thing I had to say about your comment – I found the thought of ISP’s blocking packets from a whole country contrary to the idea of the internet.

    No, I haven’t used anti-spam software before. I use gmail, which has filters in place to cut down on the amount of spam I have to manually sort. Interestingly enough, of the few that arrives in my inbox about half the spam is hot stock “news/tips” and the other half comes form China or Japan. But I don’t read Chinese or Japanese so it doesn’t take me long to categorize them as spam.

    I understood the meaning your were trying to convey in your comment. It just seemed unrealistic to expect ISP’s (which I misread) to block traffic from a whole country.

    But it’s good that you rewrote your comment in a more direct way, I suppose.

    Which brings me to this question – VANK is endorsed by Korean government?

    About VANK

    “We are non government Korean Voluntary Agency Network conducting the pursuit of voluntary spirits”

    Granted, some people may jump on that and say that’s just a facade. But I didn’t see anything in what Matt wrote that says VANK is part of the Korean government.

  20. comment number 20 by: Mika

    empraptor, President Roh even gave VANK an award.
    인터넷 모임 ‘반크’ 대통령 표창

  21. comment number 21 by: empraptor

    Ah. I should have expected that from Roh. Maybe the guy behind VANK also worked in Roh’s online campaign.


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