Many Koreans are pleased that "Korea has become a developed country." In addition, many Koreans are trying to aim for the position of "G8" next time.
About 70 years after the state of "absolute poverty" where the land was abandoned in the Korean War in the 1950s, economic indicators such as GDP per capita reached around the 10th place in the world, and at least achieved "Miracle on the Han River". That should be praised. Regarding economic development, Koreans can feel pride.
However, when asked what happened in the background, opinions differ among Koreans.
First of all, it is said that they were able to become independent thanks to the United States when they became independent from Japanese rule. "At the end of the Pacific War, the Korean Liberation Army (armed independence movement) was waiting in Manchuria. Japan expected we missed the chance to advance to the peninsula because we surrendered to the United States earlier."
The actual force of the "Korean Liberation Army" was only 600 infantry. In the 1940s, the young men on the peninsula who "volunteered" to join the Japanese army were blind to the fact that they were on the scale of hundreds of thousands. From the end of 1944 to the end of the war on August 15th, 1945, young men on the Korean Peninsula was "conscripted" in less than a year.
Regarding the fact that the United States returned sovereignty in line with the establishment of the South Korean government after the military administration of the U.S. military for three years from the end of the war in 1945, "The first president, Syngman Rhee, was pro-American sect. Because he was a person of the United States and was a compliant person in the United States."
During the Korean War, it was said "tens of thousands of U.S. youths sacrificed their lives to protect liberal and capitalist South Korea", and many people also said "because the Korean Peninsula is an important region for the United States" and "Because it was beneficial for U.S".
It may have been "for the benefit of the United States" but it was not against the interests of South Korea. Today's South Korea has forgotten the grace of that era too. On the contrary, the US ambassador to South Korea, who represents the United States in South Korea, was cut with a knife, and racially abused for being from Japan. The tradition of "Confucian country" and the basic virtues of "Toho courtesy country" such as "righteousness", "religion" and "trust" cannot be seen at all.
Korean caricature Yun So Yun warns against this situation in South Korea. The 20-frame manga clearly describes "Why should South Korea thank the United States?" The US favor for South Korea may have been "for the benefit of the US," but first of all, "let's thank you honestly."
Published : 2021/09/14 21:13 KST
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