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Epilogue: Caught between Contentions and Dialogues: Historical Memories in Northeast Asia

  • Jae-Jung Suh
Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Memory Studies book series (PMMS)

Abstract

Historical contentions in Northeast Asia are interdependent. An interpretation of historical facts in one country triggers outrage in another country, which then asserts its own interpretation. The latter action, in turn, generates an outpouring of emotional responses from the first country. Recent spats between Japan and Korea exemplify such dialectic. In the latest round (2008) of contentions, Japanese Ministry of Education officials designated the Takeshima/Dokdo islets Japanese territory in a signal to domestic constituencies whose support the government needed. But the designation immediately produced an intense reaction by the Koreans, who saw it as another incidence of Japanese aggression. The Korean government dispatched marines to the area in a show of force, and Korean civilians staged emotional protests. The Japanese response to Korea’s actions escalated tension over the issue.

Keywords

Public Sphere Liberal Democratic Party Historical Memory Regional Order History Textbook 
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