Reading “In Korea with Marquis Ito (1907)” – “politically motivated missionaries”

“politically motivated missionaries” .. sounds familiar..

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I’ve been reading a lot of historical witness accounts of Korea before and during the annexation written in English and French. “In Korea with Marquis Ito (1907)” is a book written by George Trumbull Ladd and published 1908.

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Reading “In Korea with Marquis Ito (1907)”

In Korea with Marquis Ito (Hirobumi)” by George Trumbull Ladd seems very interesting. You can get it from Amazon as well. (I haven’t read it yet though)

What’s interesting is that I found a fantastic comment at Amazon review.

Hyung-Sung Kim says:

After the end of WWII, the anti-Japanese brainwashing began in South Korea. Our first president (the military dictator) Syngman Rhee massacred hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of us.

In order to cover up his atrocities and maintain legitimacy, he needed a common enemy, and Japan was an easy target. So he started the anti-Japanese brainwashing in schools and in the media. And every successive president after him had to outdo his predecessor on anti-Japanism in order to maintain legitimacy.

The following book illustrates very well how our first president, Syngman Rhee, used the anti-Japanese brainwashing to cover up his massacres.

The Politics of Anti-Japanese Sentiment in Korea: Japanese-South Korean Relations Under American Occupation, 1945-1952 (Contributions to the Study of World History)

In this book the author, Sung-Hwa Cheong, concludes that Syngman Rhee deliberately stimulated anti-Japanese sentiment as part of a calculated policy that originated in his own political insecurity.

The South Koreans who were born in the 1980’s & 1990’s grew up with Japanese anime & Japanese literature (Haruki Murakami & so on) because in the late 1990’s South Korea started allowing Japanese culture to come in. (Japanese culture was banned in South Korea until then, believe it or not)

These generations typically say, “We like Japanese culture & people. If the Japanese accept our history as the right history, we can get along with them.” This means that when these generations realize that their history is not the right history but the brainwashed history, they will get along with the Japanese unconditionally.

Will they realize that their history is not the right history? I believe they will thanks to the internet & social media.

For example on internet, the South Koreans now have access to the history textbook comparison study done by Stanford University.

This study found that the Japanese history textbooks to be based on facts, the Korean history textbooks to be heavy on nationalism.

So when the generations who were born in the 1980’s & 1990’s become the movers and shakers of South Korea, (i.e. key politicians, newspaper editors, etc.) the relationship between South Korea and Japan will improve dramatically.

Right now, the South Korean society is dominated by the generations who were born in the 1950’s, 1960’s & 1970’s. These generations were raised with anti-Japanese brainwashing at schools, and they had no exposure to Japanese culture growing up. So they are hardcore anti-Japanese.

The generations who were born before 1945 (like my grandparents) are generally very sympathetic to the Japanese because they experienced the annexation period. The reason why the Korea-Japan relation has deteriorated so badly in the last 20 years is because most of them have died, and the generations born after the war came into power.

Our presidents up to Kim Dae-jung all spoke Japanese fluently because they experienced the annexation. Park Chung-hee was anti-Japanese publicly, but in private he shared drinks with Japanese politicians speaking in Japanese. When the Japanese emperor Hirohito died in 1989, Kim Dae-jung went to the funeral and took a deep bow toward Hirohito’s coffin. This would be unthinkable with our last three presidents.

Professor Choi Ki-ho of Kaya University was born in 1923 an experienced the annexation firsthand.

The scholars like Professor Ireland and Professor Choi who were in the Korean Peninsula during the annexation are far more credible to me than a brainwashed Korean naionalist like Tae-sik Yang.

Well explained.

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Reading “The Latest Reports of Korea (1906)”

I’ve been reading a lot of historical witness accounts of Korea before and during the annexation written in English and French.

But, of course, there are books written by Japanese at that time.

For example, we have “最近朝鮮事情“(Amazon) by statesman Arakawa Gorou published in 1906 and “朝鮮雑記“(Amazon) published in 1894. What they witness was very similar to those in “Korea and her neighbors” by Isabella Lucy Bird.

It’s very interesting that today’s Koreans try to create their fantastic story aka (“Korean history”). It is very sad that today’s “historians” and journalists blindly believe the “fantasy” as facts without reading the historical documents.

See: the pictures of before and after.

19th Century Korea = North Korea

I’ve been reading a lot of historical witness accounts of Korea. When I was skimming through the book Charles Dallet’s History of the Korean Church, published in French in 1874. I felt like I was reading a book about today’s North Korea…..

During the years 1871 and 1872 a terrible famine desolated Korea. The poverty was so great that the inhabitants of the West Coast sold their girls to Chinese smugglers, a bushel of rice per head. Some Koreans came to Leao-tong through the forests of the northern border,were missionaries a frightening picture of the state of the country, claiming that on every road we met corpses. But the Seoul government would leave destroyed half of the people, rather than allowing to source in China or Japan. Force alone can impose a system change. The various expeditions or rather demonstrations in the last thirty years, poorly combined, without mind away without serious political views, have not resulted so far only irritate and exasperate her pride, without tame.


It is obvious that such a situation can not last, and that the excess of evil will take the remedy. Civilized nations, forced to protect in the Far East their navy and trade, not indefinitely tolerate a miserable little kingdom, no navy, no serious army, burning ships that touch its shores, killing foreigners because they are strangers, and take force outside of humanity. Very probably, the trial will be emptied by the Russians whose conquests in north-east Asia, are taking every day a greater development. Since 1860, their possessions are contiguous Korea. There have been several problems between the two countries for border and trade issues; these questionsmay fail to renew, and one day or another, they will end with the annexation of Korea in the Russian territory. Perhaps the British or the Americans, driven to desperation by some new insult to their flag, will impose free trade strength.


Japan was far from perfect, but it was better for the interests of mankind that Korea and lower Manchuria should develop under Japanese influence than under Russian.

Brown, Arthur Judson, 1856-1963. The mastery of the Far East


“.. whether or not Korea has on the whole been well governed can be determined only from a study of the available data. From such a study, which has occupied me for more than three years, and of which the results are presented in this volume, I have formed the opinion that Korea is today infinitely better governed than it ever was under its own native rulers, that it is better governed than most self-governing countries, that it is as well governed as any of the British, American, French, Dutch, and Portuguese dependencies which I have visited, and is better governed than most of them, having in view as well the cultural and economic development of the people as the technique of administration.”

“In the case of Korea the matter was complicated by the question of the Chinese suzerainty. Was Korea a vassal state of China, or was she not? The answer made by Korea and China was at one time yes, at another time no. Thus, whenever it suited the purpose of the Koreans to claim the protection of China, the plea was made that the suzerain must defend the vassal; when, however, China sought to make its suzerainty effective for some purpose of her own, the Korean argument was that the suzerainty was a mere figment, the annual tribute being paid solely on sentimental grounds in perpetuation of an ancient custom which had completely lost its practical significance.

Conversely, when Peking saw some advantage to be gained by insisting on the living force of the suzerainty the point was made very clear to the Koreans; but when, as occurred from time to time–as, for example, when French and American punitive expeditions attacked Korea in 1866 and 1871, respectively–foreign nations sought redress from Korea for wrongs done to their citizens, China disclaimed any kind of bond with Korea which made her responsible for the latter’s acts. No country had more reason to be irritated by the posture of Korean affairs than had Japan. ”

“The New Korea” by Alleyne Ireland

Sounds very familiar… except this time it’s “China and Russia vs USA”.

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Reading (Out of Print?) – “The New Korea” by Alleyne Ireland

I’ve been reading a lot of historical witness accounts of Korea. While searching, it seems many recommend reading “The New Korea” by Alleyne Ireland.

Professor Alleyne Ireland of University of Chicago was the leading expert on colonial administration in Asia. He gained deep knowledge of Japan’s annexation of Korea from his visit there in 1922. [*]

But, I could not find the book online. It’s out of print. Pity… There are an “unofficial” version is here and a Japanese translation at though.

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Reading “The mastery of the Far East” – the story of Korea’s transformation

The mastery of the Far East; the story of Korea’s transformation and Japan’s rise to supremacy in the Orient“, (by Arthur Judson Brown, 1856-1963) published in 1919.

He visited Korea in 1901, 1902, and 1909.

The triumph of Japan marked the beginning of a new epoch not only for Japan, but for Korea, China, and probably also for the world. It changed the whole complexion of Far Eastern politics. It gave Japan an acknowledged place among world-powers of the first rank. It seriously impaired Russian prestige everywhere. It meant the reconstruction of Korea under Japanese leadership; and it dissipated the fear that the vast populations of the Far East; numbering more than one-third of the human race, might fall under the baleful influence of Russian absolutism. I have no disposition to exalt Japan at the expense of Russia. But since Japan happened to be the nation to resist the Russian advance in the Far East^ one may call attention to the historical fact that Japan had made more real progress in five decades of contact with the Western world than Russia had made in five centuries. Japan was far from perfect, but it was better for the interests of mankind that Korea and lower Manchuria should develop under Japanese influence than under Russian.

Brown, Arthur Judson, 1856-1963. The mastery of the Far East; the story of Korea’s transformation and Japan’s rise to supremacy in the Orient (Kindle position No.2868-2872). New York, C. Scribner’s Sons.

See: the pictures of before and after.


Reading “Korea and her neighbors” – 11, the Robbers and the Robbed


The cleansing of the Augean stable of the Korean official system, which the Japanese had undertaken, was indeed an Herculean labor. Traditions of honor and honesty, if they ever existed, had been forgotten for centuries. Standards of official rectitude were unknown. In Korea when the Japanese undertook the work of reform there were but two classes, the robbers and the robbed, and the robbers included the vast army which constituted officialdom. ” Squeezing ” and peculation were the rule from the highest to the lowest, and every position was bought and sold.

Bird, Isabella L. (Isabella Lucy), 1831-1904. Korea and her neighbors; a narrative of travel, with an account of the recent vicissitudes and present position of the country (Kindle position No.4180-4183). New York, Chicago [etc.] F.H. Revell Co..

You can read the book online or get PDF and Kindle book from here.

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