Friday 3 October 2008

Archive Research Reveals: Dokdo Controversy At Least Eight Years Old

It says "Dokdo Belongs to Korea in Hebrew right there -- I swear!"

For the tenth anniversary of, Google put up their January 2001 archive as the front page yesterday: January 2001 was the earliest complete Google archive available. In persuing Google's 2001 archives, the industrious DokdoIsOurs discovered several interesting points:

few seem to remember the old requirements to become an English teacher in Korea:

  • Valid US (or other) Passport
  • Current resume
  • Certified Copy of College Diploma (4-year/bachelors degree/online diploma farm)*
  • Official or Unofficial or Fabricated College Transcripts showing degree granted
  • Essay explaining your qualifications to teach in Korea (in Korean: English essays cannot be read by Immigration Officials, and will be discarded)
  • Passport size nude photograph for your Visa Application (if female; headshot preferred for males)
  • Vial of blood for medical test
  • Stool sample
  • One lock of hair, to check whether your hair is actually blonde, or dyed
  • Two boxes of M&M's (we love those tasty fu¢kers, but we can't get them over here)
  • Specific proportions on facial features in centimeters for: nose length, face-smallness, eye width and height (when fully opened)
  • For males: clippings of all the hair shaved from one forearm

As shocking as these now-forgotten teacher requirements are, DokdoIsOurs also found some amazing new documentation which proves Korea's claim on Dokdo stretches back at least to January 2001. Less than a minute after googling "Korea" on January 2001's Google home page, DokdoIsOurs found this site, claiming Dokdo for Korea. As you can see, this document is extremely old, as the island is spelled Tokdo, instead of Dokdo. Using the McCune-Reischauer style of transliteration shows that this article certainly must predate the popularization of New Revised Romanization of Korea, and that the article could indeed be as old as seventy years now, as the McCune-Reischauer spelling pattern was founded in 1937.

If material promoting Dokdo, and making vague threats toward Japan, reminding it of its imperial past (as this one does in the conclusion), is so old, DokdoIsOurs can only wonder Dokdo fever has not swept the entire world by now, given the amount of time this passion of Koreans has had to establish itself in the world consciousness. Surely, this is a field worthy of further study.

Here then, quoted in full: a newly discovered document affirming and reaffirming Korea's claim on Dokdo, and that Japan is bad, and may face holocaust if it does not give Dokdo to Korea right fu¢king now. And it was written by a Korean Ph.D. candidate, so it MUST be right! This may well have been his thesis!

Setting the Records Straight over Tokdo

by Ahn, Suntai, PhD Candidate, Political Science
In the last couple of weeks, the Japanese government has made some outrageous claims on the ownership of the Tokdo island, situated on the farthest eastern flank of the East Sea.
Even the Japanese Foreign Minister Yukihiko Ikeda has publicly stated in a televised news conference that the Tokdo island is a part of Japanese territory and that the island should rightfully fall under the Japanese jurisdiction.

But clearly the Japanese are acting irrationally and without any degree of substantial claims what- so- ever as they have in the past duly acknowledged the Korean ownership of the island. In fact, Japanese have their own government records which marks the twin islands of Ulung-do and Tokdo under the jurisdictional control of Chosen, as Korea was referred to as during much of pre-modern period. It should be rightfully noted that even the Tokugawa government sent out a decree in 1696, reminding the Chief of Tsushima not to send the Japanese fishermen to these regions. In fact, the author of Samguk Sagi is very specific in recording that Japan accepted the Tokdo island as a part of Korean territory as early back as 1667.

Given these undeniable proof of history, Japan can have recourse to only two set of alternative actions. One is to apologize to the Korean people for once again clandestinely breaching into the consciousness of Korea's sovereignty and for uttering such a non-sense. It owes its public repentance to the 70 million- strong Korean people for not coming to grips with its militant past, especially in its inhumane actions committed during much of the World War II. Make no mistake about it, Korea and the rest of the free world will not tolerate any comments or asinine gestures resonant of Japan's militaristic past.

Second, Japan can also continue with this policy of deception and fraud. But the history should gently remind the Japanese people that in those moments when it tried to inflict destruction and exploitation onto the rest of its Pacific neighbors that the so-called the Empire of Sun was literally met with its ultimate destiny; a taste of doomsday.

I leave the choice to the Japanese people. After all it is your fate that you are construing here.

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