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Dokdo Billboard Near Los Angeles?

Just in case anyone else in the U.S. felt left out of being bombarded with Korean nationalistic themes like they have in New York, a picture of a “Dokdo Belongs to Korea” billboard near Los Angeles popped up.

 (Photo from Money Today)

The billboard appears to be on the 60 Freeway in the unincorporated city of Rowland Heights (28 miles from Los Angeles) and is apparently being sponsored by a private citizen named Alex Cho.  He is also owner of the jimjilbang (찜질방) Diamond Family Spa and is known as a bit of a philanthropist in the community, buying 1,500 World Baseball Classic tickets and doing charity work for senior citizens.

(HT to JiMong)

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    Not any 찜질방 — the largest 찜질방 in the United States! (Apparently.)

  • DLBarch

    When I was a frat boy at Cal, one of our pledge assignments was to paint over the Stanford exit sign on Highway 280 at Page Mill Road and replace it with an authentic-looking sign that read “UC Berkeley.” I wonder how long (if ever) it will take for some Japanese undergrads at UCLA or USC to get the same idea and paint over the “Korea” in this sign with “Japan”?

    As the aging frat boy that I am, that’s what I’d do, anyway.

    DLB

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Oh great… just what I want!… More naked bodies to share the hot tub with!

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    When I was a frat boy at Cal, one of our pledge assignments was to paint over the Stanford exit sign on Highway 280 at Page Mill Road and replace it with an authentic-looking sign that read “UC Berkeley.”

    I, along with my fellow Rally Committee members, infiltrated Stanfurd campus to pour kerosene onto the Oval so that the grass would die. But we were nabbed by a CHP on the way out, and the car reeked of kerosene. We swore that we did not intend to set anything on fire. We spent a few hours in the slammer while the CHP made sure that there is no fire being reported in the area, and then let go.

    Good times, I’d say.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    I was not directly part of the guilty party but… during rivalry week a group of intrepid Trojans infiltrated FUCLA campus and released 10,000 crickets painted cardinal and gold into their main library… The goal was to make their main library too noisy to study it. However, unforeseen by them was the fact that crickets… eat paper.

  • gangpehmoderniste

    You all had interesting college lives…i mostly slept through most of it

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    AAK,

    Weren’t any of you guys chemistry majors? Gosh you products of publik edumacation! Just pour bleach on the grass… cheaper, NOT flammable and still smells like shit too… geez… ;)

  • http://www.wm3.org iheartblueballs

    Why would anyone ever admit publicly that they were in a frat?

  • gangpehmoderniste

    All of you somehow seem unlikely college rascals…this blog is always full of surprises…and i thought Koreans were flawless role-model students…tsk :)

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    We actually had extra kerosene from the Big Game bonfire rally. The whole thing came about because we were trying to figure out what we could do with it.

    Fortunately, only some of us were drunk, and no one who was driving.

  • SomeguyinKorea

    “Weren’t any of you guys chemistry majors? Gosh you products of publik edumacation! Just pour bleach on the grass… cheaper, NOT flammable and still smells like shit too… geez…”

    Bah, salt is a better choice. It’s cheaper and easier to spread. It’s also a symbolic choice.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salting_the_earth

  • Granfalloon

    If I recall my college days correctly, and there are powerfully good reasons why I shouldn’t, I believe the cheapest and most ubiquitous substance on campus that would kill grass would have been Natural Lite.

  • frogmouth

    Speaking of Dokdo my website went WordPress last week.

    It’s not finished yet, but it’s coming together. Come check it out !!

    Dokdo-Is-Korean

  • frogmouth
  • http://skindleshanks.blogspot.com/ skindleshanks

    That’s inspiring . . . I think I’ll get one of those big posters printed that says, “Hans Island belongs to Canada,” and pay have it posted in Bucheon. That’ll show those nasty Danes…

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #15,

    Canadians and Danes aren’t as easily manipulated, which is why our governments agreed to draw a new border right through the middle of the island.

  • Maekchu

    Why would any Korean think Americans give a flying f&94 about Takeshima/Dokdo? Reason #1,287 why the world will never take Korea seriously.

    That would be like me putting up a giant billboard in Seoul that says “Hans Island Belongs to Canada….NOT Denmark”.

    Totally ridiculous.

  • Maekchu

    Wow Skindle….we were on the same wavelength there. Great minds think a like.

  • http://pawikirogii.blogspot.com pawikirogii

    ‘Canadians and Danes aren’t as easily manipulated’

    i don’t recall the danes ever trying to destroy canadian culture. of course, there’s no such thing as canadian culture but that would be besides the point.

  • gangpehmoderniste

    Pawi

    Hockey, Molson, Curling, Rick Springfield and Trailer Park Boys ? :)

  • http://pawikirogii.blogspot.com pawikirogii

    i thought thoses were american things!

  • SomeguyinKorea

    #21,
    The largest border and trade partnership in the world…And you think Canadians don’t have any influence on American culture? Right…Nobody is that stupid.

  • Arghaeri

    Celine Dion….argh, close the border quick

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    skindleshanks,

    You are such a wimp for picking an example of a territorial conflict with such as small and insignificant country. Why don’t you pick on a country closer to your own size, eh?.. ;)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machias_Seal_Island

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Speaking of the Canadians, any one remember the Happy Cow contest by California Milk? It was a run off between Soo, the Korean cow and Kristen the Canadian cow. Kristen won… :(

    http://www.realcaliforniamilk.com/kirsten/

    The site also has a helpful American to Canadian translator…

    http://www.realcaliforniamilk.com/kirsten/#/translator/

  • Sonagi

    “Celine Dion….argh, close the border quick “

    A far more devastatingly heinous weapon of mass cultural destruction is Pamela Anderson.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Another thing about the area in question is that it has a heavy suburban Chinese population. I wonder if the billboard will give any of their entrepreneurs the idea to put up signs about the Senkaku / Diaoyutai island dispute?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senkaku_Islands

  • Arghaeri

    If the Chinese start putting up all their terratorial claims there’ll be no billboards left.

  • cmm

    chinese living in the suburbs? hmm, from what I learned from wjk, the suburbs were designed specifically by whites for whites so that they can live away from minorities (especially blacks, if I recall).

  • Bipolar Mindscrew

    Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Shania Twain, Alanis Morissette, Nelly Furtado, Sarah McLachlan… Canada has a long history of unleashing annoying divas on the world.

    As for Pamela Anderson? Canada apologizes with Elisha Cuthbert. Now shh.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936
  • http://hojupjimong.wordpress.com/ JiMong

    #15
    That’s really a good example. Hope those Korean-Californian got the message as well.

    #19 Pawi,
    Don’t you know Sandra Oh & Grace Park?

  • eujin

    #16, Someguy,

    I’d like to point out (again) that the Denmark-Canada dispute over Tartupaluk has not been settled. The Canadians are now claiming only half of the island (since they found out their maps were wrong) but the Danes are sticking to a claim of 100%. I don’t know why Canada’s fifty cent army continually pushes their claim on Korea-related blogs by making it sound like the issue has been settled in Canada’s favor, but if ever there was an issue that needs to be put on a big billboard in Vancouver – THE TARTUPALUK DISPUTE HAS NOT BEEN SETTLED.

    Canada could really benefit from adopting some Danish culture. Take architecture; compare for example Iglulik in Nunavut and Upernavik in Kalaallit Nunaat and tell me which one you’d use images of to decorate vending machines all over Seoul.

    By the way, those of you who love Canadian bevers will no doubt be aware that there is absolutely no written proof that the country of Canada even knew of the existence of Tartupaluk before 1867 and after the United States ended their occupation of Greenland in 1945 it was not included in any list of islands that were to be handed over to Canada – ergo it’s rightfully Danish.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    eujin,

    That sounds very logical to me. I’m astonished by this naked demonstration of Canadian nationalism! Is there a fund I can donate to that will help Denmark maintain their more legally and morally sound claims and counter aggressive Canadian imperial ambitions?.. ;)

  • Anonymous Commenter

    That show with all the non-Korean chicks, “미녀들의 수다,” is embroiled in yet another controversy this time concerning a panelist’s comments and Dokdo. One of the Japanese (danger!) panelists was interviewed by a newspaper and asked about her thoughts on Dokdo. She said she never heard about Dokdo until she arrived in Korea and based on her own research she found that Korea first discovered Dokdo while the Japanese first gave a name to the Liancourt Rocks. I don’t know how accurate this conclusion is, but of course the reaction was typical among Korean netizens, and the harassment of this Japanese girl has begun.

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    An English language article (from the local press) about the man behind the Rowland Height’s sign:

    http://www.whittierdailynews.com/news/ci_14872759

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    According to Dong-A Ilbo, the Japanese Embassy sent him a letter demanding the billboard to be taken down. (Too lazy to find & link the article.)

  • JW

    Which kinda freaked him out, if I remember correctly from the article. They are not letting up.

  • JW

    Here it is, #6 on the most popular articles list

    http://news.donga.com/Culture/3/02/20100412/27505415/1&top=1

  • http://www.xanga.com/wangkon936 WangKon936

    Well, one thing I learned from the Dong-A article is that Dokdo being Takashima is not just a provincial government stance, but appears to be a national stance for the Japanese government. I had always thought that it was a particular Japanese province that was driving the claim.

    Well, regarding taking down the billboard, I believe the billboard and the land around it is owned by Cho. Quite likely that Cho can do whatever the hell he wants with the billboard, unless there is a city ordinance regarding the restriction of the use of commercial property to display highly politicized debates. Don’t know…