Wednesday, January 31, 2007

fake korean map

My perception of history has been transformed to a high degree. When I was in my teen age, history was nothing but a subject needing memorizing. Yet, it was totally wrong. I realized that hisotry is not a subject memorizing but understanding. Although I tend to have historical narrative of Korean side, I came to understand other parties' arguements. The more I learn about others, the more I become neutral on the subject. The more I become neutral, the more I feel I turn into a traitor to my country (extremely speaking). That's why it is hard to express my own opinions about those subjects. I am also afraid of articulating something historical only based on my education in Korea. Although I really want to understand history from all angles, what's the goal or purpose of doing that? toward the end of semester, I hope I know the answer. when I read "Fake Korean Maps Rile Chinese",(Bloggers mistakenly atttribute ultranationalist views to textbooks) I could not help laughing.

1 comment:

Erin Robinson said...

This, I think, demonstrates an important point when discussing any contentious history issue. You have to check multiple sources, and you have to know what possible biases your sources (and you, yourself) have in order to try and get a clearer picture. Issues like this are very difficult to resolve, if for no other reason than anyone can publish maps like those, or other contentious items, and, if they have an agenda, use the internet or the media to make it into a much bigger deal that it really should be.