Episode 043: Do You Know Dokdo?

We welcome a new host and then dig deep into the topic of the disputed island of Dokdo and Korea’s seeming obsession with hating on Japan. New music in this episode was provided by the band Walking After U and their song Blind. Comments, tips, suggestions, or questions about the show? Find us on Facebook or Twitter @KUPodcast!


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I'm the host of the podcast Korea Underground.
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  1. “Why does Korea demand another official apology, despite the entire generation of Japanese imperialist aggressors being already dead, and the fact that said apology would essentially be meaningless?”

    Basically, because they think that a current, ‘contemporary’ apology witnessed by all countries around the world will open the official door for them to bring all manner of endless lawsuits and appeals for even more ‘compensation’ and ‘reparations’ which they feel entitled to from the ancestors of the invading Japanese. This, aside from having to placate their internal populace politically, is one of the reasons that the current and future Japanese administrations will never prostrate themselves to Korea in the way that Korea would demand.

    Korea wants an apology in a way that would involve Japan re-admitting to essentially what amounts to war crimes, and would thus cue a barrage of further claims and lawsuits from private parties whose grandfather’s friends cousin’s neighbor’s aunt/uncle was forcibly drafted into combat or prostitution by the Japanese a hundred years ago, etc.

    These petty issues, luckily, are one sided, with lots of shouting on the Korean end and lots of silence on the Japanese end. However, rest assured that these ‘issues’ will never be resolved to Korea’s satisfaction.

    Remember, Korea is a nation largely lacking in heroes. The Americans still revere many of their former presidents, and they even put their faces on the national currency. The British can look up to their Royal family, as well as those who helped rebuild the country are WW2. The Chinese admire Sun Yat Sen (in fact, even Taiwanese, overseas Chinese, Hong Kongers and the feuding leaders Mao Zedong and Chang Kai Shek who hated eachother but both admired Sun). The Japanese revere their leaders who built the country, lead the Meiji restoration, established bureaucracy, etc.

    However in Korea, King Sejong excepted, the only people that Koreans admire are those who have fought/attacked/resisted/died while fighting the Japanese. Without hated enemy Japan, Korea would have only a solitary figure to look up to. Who resisted and fought against Mongol invasions? Koreans don’t know/don’t care. Who resisted Chinese invasions? Koreans don’t know/don’t care. Oh yeah, and Korea’s heroes (Kings excepted) were nearly all martyrs who were murdered or assassinated by the colonial Japanese.

    Korea, it seems, needs to keep this historical hatred alive for a number of reasons, and thus any form of apology from Japan will always, without doubt, fall on deaf ears and will be used to further harass contemporary Japan, which as one author suggested seems to be one of Korea’s sole reasons for existence.

    **Keep up the podcasts, very glad you are back, those other competing podcasts were bound to become extinct.

  2. he needed a mic.

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