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Wikipedia Switches from “Dokdo” to “Liancourt Rocks”

May 29th, 2007 . by Gerry-Bevers

Last week, Korea’s Chosun Ilbo warned Korean “netizens” that there was a vote being taken at the online encyclopedia “Wikipedia” to use the name “Liancourt Rocks” instead of “Dokdo” as the name of the article describing the dispute between Japan and Korea over a small group of rocky islets in the Sea of Japan. (See the Wikipedia article here.) You can find a translation of the Chosun Ilbo article here.

Even though the Chosun Ilbo article seemed to have mobilized a great many Korean netizens to go to the Wikipedia site to try to influence the vote, it appears their efforts were in vain because when I checked the Wikipedia site this morning, I noticed that “Liancourt Rocks” had replaced “Dokdo” as the name of the article describing the dispute. Now, even if you type “Dokdo” in the search window at the site, you are directed to the “Liancourt Rocks” article.

I think it was a good decision on the part of Wikipedia since “Liancourt Rocks” is a more neutral name than “Dokdo,” the Korean name for the islets. The Japanese name for the islets is “Takeshima.” Even though I believe that Japan is the rightful owner of the islets, I think Liancourt Rocks should be used until the dispute is settled.


6 Responses to “Wikipedia Switches from “Dokdo” to “Liancourt Rocks””

  1. comment number 1 by: General Tiger

    Let’s hope idiots (both Japanese and Korean) don’t try to change the name again using puppets (just like the last vote, when some Japanese puppets were used for Takeshima).
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    I really want this stupid edit war to end. (now, on to Goguryeo.)

  2. comment number 2 by: GarlicBreath

    Liancourt rocks.. i like the ring of that. Korea must be smarting from that loss. I doubt any japanese care.

    General Tigger, I belive I saw several comments by you in the wiki talk page.

  3. comment number 3 by: T_K

    Nice gesture. I’ve been very disappointed with Wiki of late, but at least they can’t be bullied like Google.

  4. comment number 4 by: General Tiger

    GarlicBreath:

    Liancourt rocks.. i like the ring of that. Korea must be smarting from that loss. I doubt any japanese care.

    General Tigger, I belive I saw several comments by you in the wiki talk page.

    Yep, since my account here is based on my wiki account.
    It’s a 50-50 on this issue over here in Korea: Half are smarting over it, the other half don’t care less (reasons: At least it isn’t Takeshima, Wiki changes constantly, the article itself is overall pro-Korean, etc.)

  5. comment number 5 by: pacifist

    Gerry reported that it would be Liancourt rocks in his new site here:
    http://dokdo-or-takeshima.blogspot.com/2007/05/wikipedia-switches-from-dokdo-to.html

  6. comment number 6 by: GarlicBreath

    The UN with Korean crony in chief Banki Moon has so far left the official name as the as the liancourt rocks and as an disputed territory. I am guessing that Banki will change that as soon as he catches up on his MarmotHole reading.