Commemorating The Fight for Freedom: The Gwangju Massacre (May 18th)

Today marks the 31st anniversary of the Gwangju Massacre (also commonly referred to as the Gwangju Democratization Movement, 광주민주화운동, Gwanju Uprising, 광주민중항쟁 or 518). On May 18, 1980 several thousands of protesters gathered in the city of Gwangju to protest the dictatorial rule of president Chun Doo Hwan.

Animated Korean History Maps

Don't know what Baekjae or Goguryo are? Do you still think Silla is a Roman general? Looks like you need to brush up on your Korean History. Here are a few animated maps to help you do just that in no time!

Animated Map of Early Korean History

I thought this map was really great, a thousand years of history in a few minutes:

Busan e-FM Week 23: Korean History

About 'Open Mike in Busan'


Today I’m going to talk about Korean history. Now you know what they say about Korea having 5,000 years of history [or more], so obviously I’m not going to discuss all of it – only bits.

Knowing history

Korean Nationalism: When the world was Korean

I've always been fascinated by the creativity and poetry of nationalist movements. Some nationalist movements managed to rewrite or just completely invent mythologies, traditions and tales that are now fully part of their nation's culture. Korean nationalists of the 19th century did an incredible job of interpreting and arranging the country's history and its creation myths, something I hope to be able to write on in the near future.
Korea's nationalism is still strong today, and some extreme nationalists have pretty far-fetched theories about the origins and forgotten history of the Korean people. The theories exposed below are in no way representative of the general opinion of Koreans on their history. They are the work of a minority of what could be taken for Internet trolls, if only they didn't seem so serious about their claims.

63 Years On: Film Screening about Comfort Women

Although the tragedies that are affecting Japan right now are serious there is something else to consider thinking about this month. There will be a film screening at The House of Sharing at Dongguk University which will show, in multiple languages with English subtitles, the stories of 5 survivors of the Japanese Military Sexual Slavery during WWII.

I know this sounds pretty serious but let's consider this part of history for a moment and that you have an opportunity to go see a piece of creation about it.

The Battle of Tsushima

Korean Mother went on a two day trip to the Japanese island of Tsushima – which is called Daemado in Korea. You shouldn't read too much into the different naming – it doesn't necessarily make it another Dokdo/Takeshima/Liancourt Rocks situation.

A Constitution for Slaves

That “America Needs A New Constitution” sounds radical, but not to George Kenney.

The men who wrote the Constitution devised it, above all else, to make possible a compromise, a union between North and South, for defense against foreign adversaries and for active expansion toward the West. The South agreed only because the Constitution guaranteed a wealthy minority — Southern slave holders — disproportionate control over national policy. [1] We forget this sordid history because it’s convenient to do so, but also at our peril.

The Day of Conflict and Forgiveness

Today is the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center and Pentagon and the foiled hijacking and crash of the fourth airliner in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, resulting in 2,996 deaths.  It would be odd for me to wax too pompously on those incidents, because I have lived in Busan, South Korea before, during, and after the attacks. I don’t have any special insight into the national mood. And, not to be sacrilegious, but this day in history is far from a happy one. As I write this, I’m listening to Abdullah Antepli and Hussein Rashid discuss the “American Muslim“.

The Pettiest Tyrant in the World

Murderer-FarmerWho’s the worst mass murderer of all times? Pol Pot? Kim Il-sung? Hitler? Stalin? No, it’s Mao Zedong, and for the pettiest of reasons.

Today’s Podcast Dump

I listen to so much verbiage in a given weekday commuting to my worthless say job. I need to dump the pearls of wisdom.

1. For Good Reason: Massimo Pigliucci: How to Tell Science from Bunk

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