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Jared Diamond, renowned author of ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ visits S. Korea and doles out advice

Jared Diamond, renowned author of ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ visits S. Korea and doles out advice

South Korea is facing a whole slew of
diplomatic challenges at the moment with its once promising relationship with
North Korea grinding to a standstill and its ties with Japan as have been hearing
sitting at the lowest point in years so we thought we’d ask a well respected
professor and author what he thinks Seoul could do to turn things back into
its favor he’s our Kim bo-gyung Jared Diamond
renowned writer of the book Guns Germs and Steel has come to Korea to promote
his new book upheaval and has some advice that might help Seoul find
solutions to the diplomatic problems it is currently facing in particular he
made two key recommendations to South Korea regarding its ties with Japan and
North Korea according to diamond although South Korea and Japan are both
facing potential adversaries in the region such as China and North Korea
unresolved historical issues were hampering their cooperation he said a
sincere apology from Japan was the key to restoring ties but added that Korea
must wait patiently until the Japanese come to a reckoning on its own with the
country’s wartime past still the professor emphasized that the two
countries need to maintain cooperation in certain areas both South Korea and
Japan face big problems with the depletion of fisheries around the world
both South Korea and Japan face big problems from dangerous neighbors so
even though South Korea and Japan may disagree strongly about some things it
would be good to work with Japan on the things we have the same goals to foster
cooperation in at least some areas touching upon inter-korean ties
professor diamond emphasized the importance of study back-channel
dialogue in order to break the current impasse he named Finland as a possible
benchmark for South Korea to look to with the Scandinavian country having
found a way to survive despite bordering Russia to the east formally the Soviet
Union the Finns learned that what they do is
engage in constant discussions they’re not publicized discussions they’re
off-the-record discussions with Russia at every level from the president’s to
cabinet ministers to government officials to low government officials
the eminent author shares more of his insight in his new book showing ways the
word can deal with global challenges citing the examples of seven countries
that went through a national political crisis Kim bo-gyung Arirang news

6 comments on “Jared Diamond, renowned author of ‘Guns, Germs and Steel’ visits S. Korea and doles out advice

  1. Please don't listen to Diamond. SKorea's "dangerous" neighbor is neither NKorea or China. It's Japan, and farther away, the US. I wouldn't be surprised if he also said that Korea should open its borders to refugees and migrants.

  2. Korea under Japanese rule 1931

    Please search this YouTube video.
    "I am 92 years old, and I want to tell you the truth"
    Professor Choe Ki-ho of Kaya University

    and Japan increased Korean population twice in the annexation era.

    I was born in 1923. For the sake of South Korea and for Japan, I want to tell you the truth. Telling the truth could threaten my life in South Korea, but I feel it is my duty to do so.

    I lived in Seoul during the annexation period. I also spent some time in Tokyo. In those days, the Koreans were more proud of being Japanese than the Japanese themselves. At movie theaters in Korea, they showed the war news before the movies were played. For example, if they showed the image of Japan's victory in New Guinea, the Koreans shouted banzai and gave a round of applause.
    I loved movies, so I went to movie theaters in Japan as well, and the Japanese were calmer. Nowadays the Koreans who speak positively of the Japanese are criticized as "Chinilpa (pro-Japanese)" but in those days over 90% of Koreans were pro-Japanese.

    After the war, successive South Korean governments have brainwashed the youths with anti-Japanese education in order to incite hatred towards the Japanese.
    90% of history education in South Korea is distorted. In South Korean classrooms, our teachers don't teach how corrupt the Joseon Dynasty was in the 19th century, and they make their students believe that the Koreans could have gained independence without Japan's help.

    By becoming part of Japan in 1910, education, healthcare, industry and infrastructure in Korea improved dramatically. The foundation of becoming a modern state was built during the annexation period. Yet we teach in our classrooms that Japan's annexation set back Korea's progress.

    The Joseon Dynasty ruined Korean industry, and the Korean thinkers who advocated reforms were brutally executed. The Koreans today shout "brutal Japanese!" "sex slaves!" but the Korean ruling class (Yangban) in the 19th century was far more brutal.
    The final years of the Joseon Dynasty were so hellish that they would only compare with the present day North Korea.

  3. Diamond is an anthropologist dealing chiefly with century- or millennia-old issues across countries at global levels. His advice is irrelevant, less worth listening to, much less implementing in practical domains for specific "recent" events.

  4. SK ❤ 💙 ❤ turn out the socialist communist leftists trying to destroy you. Be strong, conservstives! Much love from US.

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