- 748 ：<丶｀∀´>（´・ω・｀）（｀ハ´ ）さん：2005/04/23(土) 19:44:32 ID:3ZW6NIhQ
RE: "An Essay Contest for Middle & High School Students"
- "A New Country, A New Century, A New Freedom" by Mihan Lee.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am afraid I am wrong, but it may be not the fact that the Korean language
was banned by the Japanese government, which is a premise of the essay above.
Historically, after Korea became a part of Japan in early 20th century
(legally and by mutual agreement, although modern Korean never approve it),
the Japanese government founded a lot of elementary schools in Korea (also
higher schools, such a university) as did in Japan, and educated Korean
people, including the language of their own, in order to modernize Korea.
Textbooks used at that time showed that Korean people learned their own
language with their character named "Hangle", which, in days of Great Korean
Empire (1897-1910) and the Lee dynasty of Korea (or Chosun, the country name
given by China), was not used so much (because their formal or ruler's
character was Chinese character and "Hangle" was looked down on). It was
Japan that made Korean character "Hangle" official and popularized it all
over the Korea.
I guess that Ms. Lee mentioned the event that, in 1938 in schools in Korea,
they made the school language elective (Korean or Japanese) and let school
presidents determine which language was used. There were many schools where
the Korean language was used to educate their students. Moreover, a Korean
dictionary was published in 1925, before 1940's.
I reckon history should be examined from various view points. Of course, my
opinion should be also examined (I am not a professional historian). You
know, there has been a lot of debate among Korean and Japanese people about
the modern history of Korea and Japan.
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