Perspective on Dokdo/Takeshima Island Dispute
Alex Brotman @ VictoryManual.com
The small image of an island next to the Naver logo reads, “Defend Dokdo!”
Meanwhile, in Japan, as I wanted to spark a heated discussion in an advanced-level course, I presented them with the topic and recent history of the Dokdo/Takeshima Island dispute. I had hoped they’d be able to logically discuss the issues and present their opinions of both national medias. “What’s Takeshima?” they asked.
If you aren’t familiar with the issue, the Dokdo/Takeshima dispute is an international political territorial conflict between the governments of South Korea and Japan over the Dokdo/Takeshima Island. (Dokdo is the Korean name for the island, Takeshima the Japanese name. The English name is “Liancourt Rocks”.)
The issue appears in the Korean national media on a yearly basis, especially when related incidents, especially ones that seem to intentionally agitate, make headlines.
There is a huge disparity in the public awareness of the issue in each country, though. In Korea, everyone knows about it, and they discuss it passionately. There are images of the island on t-shirts, the sides of shoes, and even in Dunkin’ Donuts:
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