Tuesday, August 15, 2006

The more things change...

On this 61st anniversary of Korean independence, I couldn't help but remember this postcard published on the first anniversary in 1946:

(From Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, by Hildi Kang).

This photo was taken in early 2005, and features a repeat performance of the image above, this time by Korean lawmakers protesting a prefecture in Japan declaring that Takeshima/Dokdo belongs to it:

Is it possible that the 'protest' seen in the second photo is in fact inspired by the image in the first photo? For people to be doing this in 2005 seems a little odd, but if it was inspired by an older form of 'protest', it might help explain it a little (though not excuse it). What was perfectly understandable in 1946 is not so wise to carry out in the present day, 60 years later.


kotaji said...

Actually the big difference between the two pictures is that the guys in the first one are much cooler and not wearing standard-issue Korean assembly member charcoal-grey suits.

By the way, I've personally got nothing against stamping all over flags as long as it's done in an even-handed way. Waving one while treading on the other is just not on. ^^

matt said...

It may not be on, but it is at least proof that multi-tasking is a decades-old practice in Korea; maybe this is just Korea's version of rubbing your belly while patting your head.