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“Dokdo School” to be opened in March

Korea Times reports that:

The Independence Hall of Korea said Wednesday it will begin an educational program called “Dokdo School” next year after Korea’s easternmost islets that are the subject of a territorial dispute with Japan.

The memorial center, located in Cheonan, South Chungcheong Province, said the program will be launched on March 1, a national holiday to commemorate Korean resistance to Japanese colonial rule in 1919.

“The purpose of the school is to raise awareness of the sovereignty dispute between the two countries over Dokdo, and to educate people as to why the rocky islets belong to Korea,” said Kim Nung-jin, the president of the Independence Hall.

The target groups for education will be in the beginning, Korean elementary student and later older students and, of course, foreigners.  I did like this:

We have tended to react emotionally with anger whenever conservative Japanese politicians claim sovereignty over Dokdo,” Seo said. “It’s important that we fully understand the historical background of the islets and logically explain that their argument is wrong, and I believe the school will serve such a purpose faithfully.”

The memorial center said the program will continue until Japan stops making “false” claims.

Apparently Google needs to be re-educated. According to Chosun Ilbo (October 25, 2012):

The U.S. version of the web search portal Google has deleted the Korean address of the Dokdo islets from a map at the request of Japan’s Shimane Prefecture. Japan maintains a flimsy claim to Korea’s easternmost islands, dating back to the colonial occupation.

The Tokyo Shimbun on Wednesday said the map used to list Dokdo’s address as “799-800 Ulleung,” referring to the last habitable Korean island, the nearest to Dokdo. The Japanese government in March of this year protested against the Korean address, and Shimane Prefecture, which regards itself as the administrative authority over the Korean islets, demanded the address be changed.

Shimane Prefecture said Google decided not to list the address and stay “neutral.” The map in the Korean-language version will name the islets Dokdo, but the Japanese version will use the imperial-era name Takeshima. A prefecture official hailed the decision and vowed to press the search giant to list a Japanese address for the islets.

  • Kowiana

    A fitting post for Dokdo Day!

  • dogbertt

    Gerry, a new teaching opportunity has just opened up back in Korea.

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Does the school offer degrees?

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Anonymous_Joe

    Happy
    Dokdo
    Day!!!

  • Anonymous_Joe

    I’m going to sacrifice virgins to my god-like Priapus.

    Who’s everyone else doing to celebrate Dokdo Day?

  • SomeguyinKorea

    I haven’t been there in years, but does the Independence Hall still have as part of one of its exhibits a large sign where they use Eugenics in order to formulate the argument that Koreans are superior? When I went, it was the first thing you saw when you entered the first exhibition.

  • Q

    Official map (地圖區域一覽圖) published in 1936 by government of Imperial Japan marked Dokdo in Chosun district (Korea):

    http://news.nate.com/view/20121024n14227

    Here is the map enlarged:

    http://www.dokdohistory.com/data/board_10/106-1.JPG

  • Yu Bum Suk

    This is one of the most embarrassing things about trying to get my students interacting with anyone foreign. Heaps of them mention it and draw maps in their letters to American and Canadian pen-friends. I have to explain it to the teachers whose students are corresponding with mine. This week I had one class write a letter with questions to the US ambassador and guess what’s the first thing they wanted to ask him about? Is there no reasonable way to suggest to Koreans that this is making them look extremely silly, or that foreigners would care as little about it as they would competing Canadian and Danish claims over uninhabited islets?

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #8 Yu Bum Suk: “Is there no reasonable way to suggest to Koreans that this is making them look extremely silly, or that foreigners would care as little about it as they would competing Canadian and Danish claims over uninhabited islets?”

    No.

  • Anonymous_Joe

    #3 jefferyhodges: “Does the school offer degrees?”

    Degrees of insanity. ::rimshot::

    Thank you. We’re here ’til Tuesday. Try the veal, it’s wonderful.

  • Wedge

    Cool [rubs hands]. Another Liancourt Rocks Argument Cinic thread. Can’t wait to see how many comments this gets.

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Not to mention the third degree that foreigners always get about Dokdo.

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • Wedge

    Oops: Fans of Monty Python would realise I meant “Argument Clinic.”

  • Arghaeri

    My fandom must have lapsed I thought you meant “argument cynic”

  • brier

    Dokdo is a part of Korea, but these public officals are certainly on their tok island if they think fuzzy weagguks will be influenced by this school.

  • http://gypsyscholarship.blogspot.com/ jefferyhodges

    Korean: “Do you know the Dokdo?”

    Waeguk: “Yeah, I know about the dodo. They’re extinct.”

    Korean: “Yes. The Japan killed sea lions on the Dokdo.”

    Waeguk: “Really? Were they trying to save the dodo?”

    Korean: “Yes. The Japan wanted the Dokdo.”

    Waeguk: “Why? Did the Japanese eat the dodo?”

    Korean: “Yes. The Japan ate the Dokdo. They wanted to eat the Korea.”

    Waeguk: “The Japanese must’ve been very hungry!”

    Korean: “Yes. You understand. You pass the Dokdo test! Here, your degree. With honors!.”

    Waeguk: “Wow! I’m honored!”

    Jeffery Hodges

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  • http://www.san-shin.org sanshinseon

    Jeffery, you’re hilarious! best M-holer we got… :-)

  • Seth Gecko

    Jeffery, you’re hilarious! best M-holer we got…

    … while Q’s the best A-holer we got.

  • Seth Gecko

    (I should have added an lol at the end. It sounded more funny and less mean in my head)

  • http://www.busanhaps.com Bobby McGill

    “We have tended to react emotionally with anger whenever conservative Japanese politicians claim sovereignty over Dokdo,” Seo said.

    No, way.

  • Q

    ‘개코가 명코’ that instinctively sniffs the inalienable ass.

  • PineForest

    Sounds great. If they implement 2 hours a day of Dokdo study in all public schools in Korea, maybe we Americans can catch up on math test scores.

  • Q

    The theme song Dokdo school — ‘Oppa Dokdo style’:

    http://youtu.be/l2Y2Y4pGdaM