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May 11, 2011

Topic : Historical Distortions

Filed under: student presentations — richardlstansfield @ 12:09 am

1. Glossary
1) comfort women : a euphemism for women forced to serve as prostitutes for the Japanese military during World War II.
2) sovereignty : the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a geographic area, such as a territory
3) UNESCO(United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) : an agency of the United Nations that sponsors programmes to promote education, communication, the arts, etc.
4) islet : A very small island.
5) territory : a defined area, including land and waters, considered to be a possession of a person, organization, institution, animal, state or country subdivision.

2. Text
Our presentation is about “Historical Distortion”, it’s defined as the historical changing of something into something that is not true or not acceptable. These days, Korean historical distortion is committed by Japan and China.
Japan’s new text books distort war crimes. The textbooks didn’t mention the japanese army’s “comfort women”, who were sex slaves. Instead, the textbooks only mention people working in factories. Also, the textbooks didn’t mention that young Korean men were forced to join the japanese army. Instead, they only mention people being compelled to work.[1] Also in new text books, Japan asserts that the Dokdo islets is the territory of Japan. In order to reinforce this assertion, Japan had a “Takeshima Day”(in Japan, the Dokdo islets is called by Takeshima) and was advertising this assertion in the world.[2]

China asserts that the ancient kingdom of Goguryeo and BalHae is a part of China’s history.[3] China’s assertion is based on some wrong evidences that Goguryeo was established by ancient Chineses and China’s emperors chose Goguryeo‘s kings because Goguryeo was a vassal state of China. And China is planning to register some of the king’s palaces of the ancient kingdom BalHae as chinese UNESCO world Heritage sites.[4]

3. Discussion
1) What do you think about these historical distortions?

–> What do you think about these historical distortions?

2) How can we deal with historical distortions?

–> How can we deal with historical distortions?

3) Which country do you think that the Dokdo islet belongs to ?

Which country do you think the Dokdo islets belong to? Why?

–> Which country do you think the Dokdo islets belong to? Why?

4) Do you think historical distortion happens when the country isn’t prepared with exact evidence of their own history?

Do you think historical distortions happen when a country isn’t prepared with exact evidence of their own history?

–> Do you think historical distortions happen when a country isn’t prepared with exact evidence of their own history?

4. Reference
[1]http://www.todaykorea.co.kr/news/contents.php?idxno=139163
[2]http://www.fnn.co.kr/content.asp?aid=9d02d2d1a2a641f9a0f28a6dba7acbcb
[3]http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=100&oid=005&aid=0000256192
[4]http://news.naver.com/main/read.nhn?mode=LSD&mid=sec&sid1=100&oid=001&aid=0002933008

Class #61, Group #5
백희규 조명주 김중원 곽빛나라

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Teacher’s Note:

I have chosen the following three vocabulary items to be on Written Test #2:

1. sovereignty: (noun) the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a geographic area, such as a territory

2. islet: (noun) very small island.

3. territory: (noun) a defined area, including land and waters, considered to be a possession of a person, organization, institution, animal, state or country subdivision

I have chosen the following discussion question to be on the Final Speaking Test.

– How can we deal with historical distortions?

Remember to stress it properly.

How can we deal with historical distortions?

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