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Distortion of history and culture provokes anger in Korea

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By Ji-myung Noh
기사입력 2021-03-15

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Recently, Koreans have been outraged by several controversial claims that distort the Korean history and the unique Korean culture ranging from comfort women to Korea’s most-loved poet.


Jone Mark Ramseyer, Professor at Harvard University stated that comfort women, victims of Japan’s wartime sexual slavery were voluntary prostitutes. His claim triggered international accusations of distorting history and falsifying the existence of Japan’s sexual slavery during World War II since Ramseyer has not provided evidence for his assertion on the free-will of victims and thoroughly neglected the fact that women were recruited by trickery or force.


South Koreans also accuse China of its attempt to steal Korea’s unique culture multiple times under their strategy of the Northeast Project. China has laid claim over the traditional Korean dish kimchi, an essential part of Korean diet. This sparks a major backlash from Korean Internet users, since China states that they lead the kimchi industry worldwide. However, Koreans argue that kimchi is different from the Chinese paocai, a pickled cabbage dish, in firm belief that kimchi has its provenance in Korea and it has always been a traditional Korean staple dish.


The cultural feud between them was ignited again when a costume that resembles the Korean traditional dress hanbok was shown as Chinese traditional dress in the TV series Royal Feast. Koreans were infuriated at their unreasonable assertion on hanbok and gat, a traditional hat worn by Korean men up to the 19th century. China still claims the outfit hanbok as its own hanfu, which sparks enraged accusations among Koreans.


Their distortions of historical facts are not limited to traditional objects. The Chinese government claims Korea’s beloved poet Yoon Dong-ju, who fought against Japanese imperialism in the Chinese region in the early 19th century, as “ethnic Korean-Chinese.” Yoon Dong-ju is one of the eminent Korean poets known for his distinguished works, including Sky, Wind, and Stars and Night of Counting the Stars. The Chinese government insists that Yoon is China’s Chaoxianzu, which refers to ethnic Chinese-Korean, with no historical evidence. China is not only asserting Korean traditions as their own, but also trying to manipulate Korean history and culture in order to incorporate Korean history as part of theirs.


Korean people believe that China and Japan have been trying to gain an advantage internationally by distorting history or determining Korea as their cultural subordinate state through its Northeast Project. This has lead Korean citizens to express anger, and Korean influencers including talents and singers are spreading their words to protect Korea’s culture and history through social media. However, a stronger response is said to be required from the Korean government.

 

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