Anatomy of US and South Korean Massacres in the Vietnamese Year of the Monkey, 1968

Heonik Kwon
On the twenty-fourth day of the first lunar month in 1968, the ROK Marines left their tanks and armored vehicles outside the boundary of Xom Tay, Ha My’s subhamlet number two, at 9:30 a.m. and marched into the village from three directions. By 10:00 a.m. the villagers were assembled at three different sites, including the Nguyen family home and the open space between two subhamlets. At the open space, the commanding officer ordered a desk to be placed facing the crowd. Seated at the desk, he made what felt like, according to the survivors, an unusually long and passionate speech of instruction; the Vietnamese interpreter summarized it for the villagers. There were no heavy arms in sight; soldiers were running around busily. A survivor, Nguyen Thi Bon, said she thought the soldiers were going to give out food and sweets; she had seen this routine before. She was trying to imagine what the day’s gift would be. Another survivor, Ba Lap, heard someone whispering, “What if they kill us?” “Don’t be ridiculous. Don’t say that. You’re calling bad luck,” she heard from someone else; “They came to give us food. Believe me. Believe it.”

It happened just past 10:00 a.m. The officer finished his speech, turned his back to the crowd and began to walk away. Several steps away from the villagers, he made a swift hand gesture. This gesture triggered the M60 machine guns and the M79 grenade launchers, which were hidden in the bushes. Soldiers began firing at the villagers, and fragmentation grenades exploded on anyone who tried to escape from this living hell. Bon felt village mothers falling on her and her little sister. Ba Lap saw a grenade coming toward her and she fell on her children. Then she felt nothing and saw nothing, except the distant green sweet potato field she began crawling toward. Bon remembers that it was quiet and pitch dark, and hard to breathe underneath the bodies. She tried to move and, hearing her baby sister cry, stopped. Her sister kept crying, and she feared the soldiers might hear her. Bon heard a rapidly speaking foreign voice, then quiet again, and then the detonation of a hand grenade. The assault went on for two hours. At the other killing site, seventy villagers were squeezed into the main altar room of the Nguyen family’s residence. Some villagers thought the soldiers were going to hand out food. The owner of the house was not convinced, and he hid behind the ancestral altar with three of his grandchildren. The killing began as soon as machine gun fire was heard from the open site. By noon, 135 villagers were dead: only three were males of combat age; three were unborn children; and four were unidentified. The rest were village women, elders, teenage girls, toddlers, and infants.


For the last three decades, Western media reports on the Vietnam War mostly covered only a part of the armed conflict in which the American soldiers were participating, as if the American military were the only force that fought the Vietnam Communist army. The Republic of Vietnam Army (ARVN) was often ignored although its strength doubled the Americans in Vietnam and suffered losses twice more than that of the American forces.

Not only activities of the RVN soldiers were not appropriately reported but that of the other allied troops fighting beside the Americans were also ignored. The allies included Thailand with an infantry division including the King Cobra Regiment and its attached units, totaling about 11,000 soldiers; Australia with 9 infantry battalions and an attached artillery battalion from New Zealand; and the 47,000 soldiers of the Republic of Korea (RoK). The Philippines contributed a Civic Action Group of about 2,000 soldiers.

Early this week, there was a report about the alleged massacre committed by the Korean infantry unit in a village of Binh Dinh province in Central Vietnam coastal area. The report was made by Ms Ku Su-jeong who is working for the Hankyere newspaper in Seoul. She heard the story when she was visiting a village in Binh Dinh where the Vietnam Communist Party government had erected a monument in memory of 1,004 victims allegedly massacred by the South Korean troops during the 6-week operation in February 1966 in Binh Khe district, the place now called Tay Son district. The local authorities told her that the victims included 380 villagers who were killed in one day.

Her article was published in May 1999 but it has not been responded as she had expected from Republic of Korea veterans. Her article in Korean language could be found at the web site <www.hani.co.kr>.

This week, three officials of the local government told Reuters in a telephone interview that on February 26, 1966, the Koreans conducted a search-and-destroy operation in the area where 380 peasants in a village were killed at a place called Go Dai. The officials admitted that there had been a number of Communist guerrillas among the dead. Reuters as well as other foreign news agencies weren't permitted to visit the area for more information.

When Reuters asked Hanoi Foreign Minister Nguyen Manh Cam for a comment, Cam said he didn't want to evoke the painful event and by the spirit of humanity and peace, his regime would put behind such stories of the past. When a Reuters correspondent asked if he could take a look at official reports of the massacre, that Hanoi said had been recorded, officials of Hanoi Foreign Ministry denied him a permission, saying that those who were in charge of the archives were too busy to do such favor.

The stories of South Korean troops' atrocities in the Vietnam War is nothing new to the Vietnamese. It could be certain to say that the headquarters of USMACV and RVN Joint General Staff had full accounts of the incidents.

The first RoK infantry units arrived in Binh Dinh on February 26, 1965. Later on, RoK army strength reached the highest number of more than 47,000 troops, in two divisions, a separate brigade, and their supporting units. They were the Capital or "Tigers" Division, the 9th or "White Horse" Division, and the 2nd or Blue Dragon Marine Brigade.

Each was given a Tactical Area of Responsibility where it was responsible for fighting the enemy by their own initiatives and decisions. The Tigers was deployed in Binh Dinh and part of Quang Ngai provinces, the White Horse in Phu Yen and Khanh Hoa, and the Blue Dragon in Quang Nam province.

RoK troops were champions in close combat, renowned in the Vietnam War for their bold ambushes. The Koreans were considered one of the two best combat forces in the Vietnam War. The other was the Australians. Korean commanders were tough and authoritarian under the eyes of the Vietnamese who still remembered how rigid the discipline of the Japanese army had been in 1941-45. A major might beat, slap a captain, a captain might do the same to a lieutenant, and so on...

In their areas of responsibility, curfews were strictly enforced. A person -Vietnamese or Korean - going out at night without a lamp was to commit suicide.

Once a Popular Force (PF, village militia) squad moved about 50 yards into the Korean side of the railway tracks assigned as a boundary between the two areas of responsibility. The Korean troops opened fire without challenging and killed all the Vietnamese squad, whom they mistook as communist guerrillas, in order to have total surprise.

There had been several incidents in which innocent peasants were slain by Korean troops. Documents of those cases kept in the former ARVN Headquarters archives might have been destroyed by the communists after Saigon fell, but could still exist somewhere in the US Army archives.

The following well-known cases are related from memory of many Vietnamese.

Once an RoK battalion on the way of operation captured half dozen communist soldiers. They asked the local PF squad in a village to detain the enemy prisoners so that they could go on without bringing them along, and they would pick them up on the way back. The PF men all agreed and promised to do the best.

A few days later when the Koreans returned to pick up the VC prisoners, the village PF squad said that all the prisoners had escaped. After a short investigation indicating that the militia had either neglected their duty or deliberately let the VC prisoners free, the Koreans executed all the PF squad on the spot.

The massacre reported in the Hankyere might be the same incident that many Vietnamese heard in 1966. The rumor ran that in an operation, the Korean troops encountered strong fire from the communist unit in a village. The Korean unit encircled the village, sealed off all possible escape routes. They used megaphones to warn civilians to get out of their village in a given time or get killed when the Koreans came in.

After the deadline, the Koreans launched a fierce attack and seized the objective in a short time. In their search throughout the village, the Koreans shot to kill every single moving creature they met. According to the rumor, more than 300 peasants - old and young women and men, children - were massacred, plus several scores of enemy troops that mingled with the villagers.

News of the massacre quickly spread far and wide, and from then on, communist units dared not use villagers as their human shields against the Korean force. Some Koreans said that both sides in Korea had been doing the same during the Korean War.

The savage tactic proved effective, as security was maintained considerably in the Korean Force's TAORs. Even thieves were scared off from the area. But no Vietnamese anti-Communist ever thinks of such inhuman tactic.

But despite the fact that a great number of Vietnamese were aware of the massacres, both RVN and American military authorities remained silent, apparently to avoid harmful publicity. Western reporters, who could have spared no time to snatch at such hot news, very seldom accompanied the Vietnamese, let alone the Korean combat units. Compared with the Vietnamese, fewer Korean soldiers who spoke fluent English.

South Vietnamese media of course, had to stay within certain limit in reporting military and war news, particularly an event so sensitive like the Korean massacres. Saigon newspapers only published some reports relating to the Korean force in Vietnam, for example the two rapists who were given death sentences by the RoK court-martial.

In one case in ca.1968, a 20-years-old Vietnamese girl in Ninh Hoa was raped and killed by a Korean soldier. Within an hour or so, the Korean command in the area found the rapist with undeniable proof and he pleaded guilty. A Korean court -martial with military judges sent from Seoul handed him death sentence. Although the victim's parents petitioned the court for commutation, he was shot by a firing squad near the place he had raped the girl after the South Korean president refused to commute the death sentence.

The report evokes sad memory of war in many patriotic Vietnamese. They always condemn killing innocent people by the American soldiers in My Lai as well as by the Korean troops in Binh Dinh, and the 1968 Tet massacre done by the Communist force in Hue where about 10,000 unarmed people were killed or missing. Only about 3,000 bodies have ever been found in mass graves.

In every Tet festival of the Vietnamese émigrés abroad, there is a religious service in memory of the Hue 1968 massacre and other Vietnam War victims. This year, Tet falls on Saturday, February 5. Anyone who has fiercely voiced anger over the My Lai massacre but hasn't had one word for the Hue 1968 victims would be cordially welcomed to the service.

"Er Gui Zi"

Those Korean diehards were savege. We Chinese called them "er gui zi", i.e., second-rate ghosts. Koreans, after an enslavement by Japanese for 30-40 years, were very much identiifed with Japanese. During Wanbaoshan Incident, Koreans launched a massive ethnic purge against Chinese nationals in Korea. Hundred of thousands of Chinese were murdered, raped, and robbed across Korea. See Shao Yulin memoirs for details on this episode.

Japanese-trained Korean collaborators in old Manchuria were called Gao Li Bang Zi meaning Koreans with stick.Many of those stationed there mistreated Chinese much worst than Japanese rarely reported in the anti-Japanese Chinese mass media these past 6 decades,those lived through those years can confirm it.

We shouldn't be surprise if ever revealed some of those war actrocities actually commited by Japanese-trained Korean soldiers during Japan Occupation.

Gao Li Bang Zi meaning Koreans with stick was referring to the ethnic-Korean police in Manchuria. "Second Devils" were Koreans serving in Japanese Imperial Army.

Korean master race brought civilizations to the world

Hwandangogi consists of 4 volumes.
Samseonggi contains a history of Hwan In and Hwan Wung.
Bukbuyeogi contains a hisotry of Bukbuyeo(BC 239-BC 58) dynasty, a predecessor of Goguryeo(BC 58-AD 668) dynasty.
At last, Taebaekilsa contains from an ancient history to Goryeo(AD 918-AD 1392) dynasty history.
Howerver, this book contains an amazing history.
Our history is not 5000 years, but it states our history is 10,000 years.
It states that there is 5,000 years of history before Dangun Joseon (BC 2333-AD 238) dynasty.

There was Hwanguk (BC 7199-BC 3898 : Hwan dynasty) first and following dynasty called Shinshi, Baedalguk (BC 3898-BC 2333 : Baedal dynasty).
Then, Dangun Joseon (BC 2333-AD 238) afterward.After Dangun Joseon (BC 2333-AD 238), there was Bukbuyeo(BC 239-BC 58) dynasty, a predecessor of Goguryeo dynasty and Goryeo(AD 918-AD 1392) dynasty after Bukbuyeo.
Then Daejinguk (AD 669-926 : Daejin dynasty), also called Balhae, and there was Goryeo (AD 918-1392) dynasty.
Especially ancient history is brilliant.

Especially ancient history is brilliant.
The first dynasty, Hwanguk (BC 7199-BC 3898 : Hwan dynasty), was born in history 10,000 years ago.
During 3301 years of its ruling period, Hwanguk was governed by 7 Hwanins.
After Hwanguk, Shinshi Baedalguk (BC3898-BC 2333 : Baedal dynasty) was ruled by 18 Hwan Wungs over 1500 years.
After ruling over 5000 years by Hwanguk (BC 7199-BC 3898 : Hwan dynasty) and Shinshi Baedalgul, finally Dangun Joseon (BC 2333-AD 238 : Dangun Joseon dynasty) was born and total 47 Dangun ruled Dangun Joseon.
Ph.Dr Myeong-Cheol Yun, Dongguk University History department:This book has a specific record about our greatness and territory not like the history that we have known.
Therefore, regardless if it is true or not, this book has been very important for those who are seeking for Korean race's greatness or identity of Korean race.

The domain of Korean race described in Hwandangogi is far beyond our imagination.
According to Samseonggi, under Mt. Pamirs, there was a dynasty of Hwan In and this land is east of Cheon.
The size of this land extends from 50,000 Ri(20,000 km)
North to South and 20,000 Ri(8,000 km) from East to West.
The location of Mt. Pamirs is central Siberian plateau and Cheon is Lake Baikal at the current day.
This means that territory of Hwanguk 10,000 years ago is beyond Asia.
Hwanguk (BC 7199-BC 3898 : Hwan dynasty) ruled over 12 dynasties and boasted its vast territory extending 50,000 Ri(20,000 km) from North to South and 20,000 Ri(8,000 km) from East to West.

Among these countries, there is a country called Sumiliguk.
Some claim that Sumiliguk is the old Sumer civilization.
According to this declaration, people of Sumer who has built up theMesopotamia civilization are ethnic ancestors of Korea.

There are not only stories of the spacious territory in Hwandangogi,
but also glaring heroes.One of the typical hero is Chi Wu Cheonhwang
where his face-shape is inscribed in a tile of tradition.Chi Wu Cheonhwang is the 14th Hwan Wung of Baedalguk who already used iron arms andknown as the God of War.

Ja O Ji Hwan Wung had copper enclosed the headand his forehead was covered with iron.The world was frightened of him because he first made weapons with iron(metal)
and called him Chi Wu Cheonhwang.
A chinese warrior Heon Wun Hwang Je challenged to him
for many timesbut never was able to achieve victory.Hwandangogi notes that the war that is known as Chinese history between Chi Wu and Hwang Je started from the history of Korea.
The fifth son of Da Il Ban Hwan Wung is called
Tae Ho Bok Hi.Tae Ho Bok Hi is the first character of Sam Hwang O Je
and served as theWusa(chief of rain) for the Dynasty and after went to Jin kingdom.
If he is the son of Hwan Wung written in the book,then the Chinese history has origined from Korean history.

Korean history begins around 9000 years ago

Korean history begins around 9000 years ago at Tienshan moutain which is located at the border of China and Mesopotamia. It is called the time of Hwangook nation. The rulers of Hwangook were known as Hwanin and there were all together seven known Hwanins who governed Hwangook. At the time Cosmic Summer was gaining momentum and the glaciers werer melting everywhere and the plains were often flooded. People lived in the mountains and they were hunters and gatherers. At the end of Hwangook which was about 6000 years ago, humanity learned to farm the plains and started to live near the deltas of rivers. Hwangook divided into 12 nations. One of them went west to Mesopotamia and they came to be known as Sumer and Ur. Even in the bible it is stated that Abraham came from Ur. According to present day Bible scholars much of the Bible is based on the religion which the Sumerians brought with them. Sumerians also had written language that is similar to ancient writing system of ancient Korean people. Sumerian language and Korean language both belong to same Ural Altai language group. At the university of Chicago the most knowlegable scholars of Sumerian language are two Korean gentlemen because it is much easier for Koreans to decipher the Sumerian language since they are so similar. According to Sumerians themselves, they are black haired people who came from the east. Some branch of Hwangook went to India, some branch of Hwangook went to southern China, the direct lineage of Hwangook went to present day Manchuria and Korea and kept the history of Hwangook alive founding Baedal nation and flowering the bronze civilization. Even before these migrations took place, at the beginning of Hwangook some branch of Hwangook migrated to America forming present day American Indians. The babies of American Indians have mongorian spots which are blue birthmarks at the buttocks. Bush's axis of evil, North Korea and Iraq are the cradles of western civilization and eastern civilization. The portraits you see on the video are the imagined portraits of 7 Hwainins who governed Hwangook for 3000 years.

S.Korean Atrocities during Vietnam War+S.Korean Anti-Jewish Comic Book

I have never made this unpleasant fact "public," because there has been
enough slander about the American Vietnam Veteran and "atrocities" during that war.
But, since a self-righteous professor in Seoul, published
an anti-Jewish comic book, which evidently sold 10 million copies in that country,
I have decided to "blog"about this experience.

It was probably late 1966 or early 1967, as I don't remember the monsoons.
But, for me, being a drafted middle class kid, from Los Angeles,
I was somewhat shocked at what I had seen.

There were a few South Korean soldiers hanging around.
That is when I noticed one "grunt" who had a rope tied around his waste,
with human ears hanging down the rope.
As I look back, it was probably 5 or 6 ears.

Exposed South Korean Soldiers Massacred Vietnamese during Vietnam War


AHRC UA Index: 000224 24 February 2000
UA 07/00: WAR CRIMES - civilians massacred

SOUTH KOREA: Exposed South Korean Soldiers Massacred Vietnamese during Vietnam War

Truth Commission Should Be Truthful

By Michael Breen
Korea Times
Nov. 16, 2006
At my father's funeral in England some time ago, I fell into conversation with his closest friend. They had worked together in a local bank. After some words of condolence, he asked if I was still living in Korea. ``Yes, I am,'' I said. By that time, I had been in Seoul for 18 years. It was more familiar to me than England. ``What do you think of the Koreans?'' he asked. I waxed lyrical about the Irish of the East. After a minute, I knew I had lost my audience. ``Maybe they have changed from my time,'' he said.

{Then he told me his story. He had met his Koreans in the 1940s, when he was a prisoner of war under the Japanese. Like thousands of other young British and allied soldiers in World War II, he had been captured in Southeast Asia. The Japanese were unspeakably cruel to those they defeated. I worked in London once with a man who had, as a POW, witnessed guards executing a lineup of Australians with a bayonet up the rectum. Many of the Japanese guards in those camps were from Korea, which, you will know, was part of Japan then.

In fact, my father's friend told me, the Koreans were the worst. ``Horrible people,'' he said. }I've never had the heart to tell my Korean friends this story because it is hurtful. But also because I know they would have no idea what this man might be talking about. But they should. The government of President Roh Moo-hyun is trying to clear up the pain from this period and needs serious help with its moral compass. Take, for example, the outrageous reversal this week by a Korean government panel of the rulings by allied tribunals after World War II on Korean war criminals.

The Truth Commission on Forced Mobilization under the Japanese Imperialism (sic) announced on Monday that 83 of the 148 Koreans convicted of war crimes were victims of Japan and should not be blamed. A ruling on three more is pending, and families have requested a review of the 23 Koreans who were executed. I accept that war crimes tribunals are biased. The victor catches the losers in his net. And that net had holes. Just as some got away -- like the monsters of Unit 731 in China, who did gruesome medical experiments on prisoners but were let go by the Americans in exchange for their biological warfare research findings -- so perhaps some were unjustly accused.

But not all were found guilty. War tribunals in Japan tried 25 Class A criminals (for ``crimes against peace,'' ie, starting a war) and 300,000 in the Class B (war crimes) and Class C (crimes against humanity) categories. Around 5,600 were prosecuted in numerous trials elsewhere in Asia, and 4,400 were convicted. Of these, around 1,000 were executed, including the 23 Koreans. The 83 Koreans in question were Class B and Class C war criminals who received sentences from one and half years to life.

They were not tried as soldiers or POW camp guards who had done their jobs. They were tried for over-zealousness, for decisions and actions over and above the call of duty. They were the thugs, the brutes, the monsters, the most horrible of the ``horrible people'' my father's friend knew. By what authority does the Truth Commission have to remove their individual responsibility with its class act defense of nationality? Such skewed morality led to the crimes against the lowest class-- ``prisoners'' -- in the first place. People who committed crimes against humanity are not innocent by virtue of being Korean any more than Japanese who brutalized Koreans are innocent by virtue of being Japanese.

If the Truth Commission wants to get its moral bearings straight and live up to its name, it should examine the broader assumptions with which it is approaching its mission to resolve the pain of the past. In doing so, it should recognize that the idea that Koreans were all unhappy citizens of imperialism bar a few collaborators is a myth. Koreans were Japanese citizens, and it did not occur to many to support the allies against their own country. Ask anyone who lived in that period, and they will tell you that the political correctness of the post-colonial generation is distorted.

They will also tell you that from 1937-42, Koreans in the Japanese army were volunteers -- who included King Kojong's son, an army general -- and that large-scale forced conscription only started in 1944. The Commission should know that those rounding up comfort women were Koreans and those torturing people in police stations were mostly Koreans. Koreans, in other words, were more ``horrible'' to Koreans in many cases than the Japanese were. The solution to this dilemma is to accept the notion of individual responsibility. I asked my father's friend why he thought the Koreans camp guards were so nasty. ``When the camp commander was angry about something, he'd berate his officers,'' he explained. ``The officers would take their frustration out on the Japanese privates, and they would take theirs out on the Korean privates. The Koreans would then take their anger out on the only people beneath them -- that was us.''

So, Truth Commissioners, who's the victim, my father's friend or the camp guard? Ultimately, we can say with distance that both were. But there is a process to get there. First, the criminal must acknowledge his crimes, and only then can he be forgiven. The Truth Commission has no right to intervene in this process and forgive Korean war criminals. That is for their victims to do. How many of their stories has the Commission examined?

As it goes about addressing issues from the Japanese period, modern Korea owes it to the primary victims -- in this case, the prisoners brutalized by those convicted war criminals -- to tread with sensitivity on their graves.

While I was still in Peace Corps, I proposed marriage to the same nice lady who is (unbelievably) still my wife. Right after making the marital offer, I took off on a trip to the Philippines with a Peace Corps buddy who was still uncommitted. In the typical playful banter of the Filipinos, we two young men were often teased as to our availability. My buddy was in one of the better locations of the world to proclaim that he was "still negotiable," whereas I was pretty happy about just popping the question and getting a positive answer.

When the Filipinos discovered that I was marrying a Korean, a couple of times they recoiled in horror, asking why would I want to do that ? I soon learned that the Korean jailers were infamous for their sadistic treatment of Filipinos during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines. And at least as late as the mid 1970's, that horrible image of Koreans remained with many Filipinos. As much as they detested the Japanese, many Filipinos hated the Koreans even more for their sadism and unnecessary cruelty.

Author defends "Bamboo Grove'' memoir

By Lisa Kocian
Globe Staff

SHERBORN 忘oko Kawashima Watkins, a soft-spoken 73-year-old author from Cape Cod, Thursday stood before an angry audience that included seven South Korean media outlets to defend a controversial memoir that has stirred debate from the Boston suburbs to Hawaii.

But in defending her book, 鉄o Far From the Bamboo Grove,・ she also was pulled into a decades old debate over the Japanese occupation of Korea that ended in 1945.

添oko has become a symbol for the problems between Japan and Korea,・said John D但uria, principal at Wellesley Middle School,
where Watkins・book has been taught for 13 years.

Her award-winning memoir, taught in many middle schools in greater Boston and around the US, is about her family痴 harrowing escape from Korea in 1945, when Japanese families like hers were ousted after 35 years of occupation. But Korean-Americans and at least three South Korean consulates around the United States complain that her book, told through the eyes of an 11-year-old, distorts history.

Korean-American parents complain that she paints the Koreans as rapists and murderers without discussing the decades of atrocities committed by the Japanese during a brutal occupation that included forcing young women into sexual slavery and torturing Koreans to death.

Thursday, dressed simply in black sneakers, brown pants, and a blouse buttoned up to her neck, Watkins opened a press conference with an apology before about 60 people to the Sherborn Peace Abbey.

In one scene the narrator says: “At a small stream I stopped to drink and I heard a cry. In the weeds was a Korean man on top of a girl. She was kicking wildly and screaming.”

King Sejong Ordered Comfort Women for His Troops


古者邊鎭置娼妓, 以待軍士之無妻者, 其來?矣。 今者邊鎭州郡, 亦置官妓, 以待行客, 況道?慶源、會寧、鏡城等邑, 本國巨鎭, 居北極邊, 戍禦軍士, 遠離家室, 再經寒暑, 日用細事, 亦且難矣。 設妓女以待士卒, 庶合事宜.

(The King) sent the following instructions to the Governor of Hangil Province:

“In the past, prostitutes were sent to camps on the frontier to service soldiers without wives. It had a long history.
Even now government giseangs are stationed at frontier camps and administrative posts to service travellers.
Moreover, on the northern frontier we have large camps, including Gyeongwon, Hoiryeong, and Gyeonseong, which
are in your province. Troops guarding the frontier are far from their families and must endure two (years) of cold
and heat, making their daily duties even more difficult; therefore, I think it is appropriate to station prostitutes to
service the troops.

Koreans don't tolerate facts that may damage their pride.
In Korea, if you challenge what's written on the textbook, you risk your life. A professor from Kogryo
one of Korea's most prestigious, said, "it was a good thing we were colonized by Japan and not by Soviet Union,"
he was ousted from his job and received numerous threats. When one of the most famous singer in Korea
"declared" that he was "pro-Japan," he lost his job.

My point? Koreans don't tolerate facts that may damage their pride. They don't allow different views.
Their views are often very, very ethnocentric, yet do not tolerate challenges.
Same goes for Sea of Japan vs. East Sea. I mean, if you truly do a research, you'll find that Korean
argument is hollow and with no grounds what so ever. Every single points they make can be countered
by tangible evidence and facts. That's why I say Koreans lack credibility. They certainly lack credibility
in this name dispute.

Teach History So It Does Not Repeat Itself

The modern and contemporary history textbooks in our high schools are so busy infusing students
with class and national ideologies down to the final years of the Chosun Kingdom that they fail to
describe international relations, especially the interplay of the great powers that had such a fatal
effect on the Korean Peninsula. That, in any case, is the assessment of senior historian
Prof. Choi Moon-hyung, formerly of Hanyang University. He makes the criticism in a paper he will
deliver at a Textbook Forum seminar on Thursday. A combination of left-wing historiography and
blinkered nationalism, he says, misses any objective assessment of the nation’s dissolution and
remains myopically fixated on Korea alone in the less than 100 years of recent history.


Koreans in Vietnam

24 baduk
If given the same situation, I, as a former military officer, will not hesitate to order the massacre. Is it brutality? Yes. Is it atrocity? Somewhat. (The villagers hid Congs.
They deserve it) Is it a useful tactic? YES! Cut down casualties? YES,YES and YES.

Lingering Legacy of Korean Massacre

A quarter of a century on, Koreans are remembering one of the ugliest episodes in their history.
In May 1980, hundreds of civilians were massacred by soldiers in the south-western city of
Kwangju after rising up against military rule.

Although it was brutally put down, the Kwangju Uprising is now seen by many as a pivotal moment
in the South Korean struggle for democracy in the long period of dictatorship following the Korean war.

And some contend the uprising had important ramifications which are still being felt now,
both inside Korea and beyond its borders.

There is a sombre monument and museum dedicated to the massacre in Kwangju,
and the anniversary of the beginning of the siege on 18 May is now a public holiday in Korea.

Spreading lies

Just one thing you guys should know before you praise Japanese culture... 
The Japanese warrior code 'Bushido' and its honor system that is central 
to Japanese culture, is very well known to the West. 'Kendo', 
the way of the sword, 
and the students of this discipline, 'the samurai', played a central role 
in Japanese society for years and the 
subsequent fighting spirit it had developed was welldemonstrated to 
the West during World War II. 
What 99% of you DON'T know is that everything I've meantioned above, 
the Japanese warrior culture in its entirety, 
is directly copied from neighbouring Korea. This is not a fabrication 
or a form of propaganda of any kind. 


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