Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Gloria Steinem Right About Korea's "Island of Women"

Asia Times Online's John Eperjesi hails Paul Yoon's Once the Shore "fictionalized version of Jeju Island [that] deals with the devastating impact of militarism, colonialism, and the cold war on a rugged island culture" as a vision of an "Oceania from below, an island multitude composed of service workers, farmers, divers, fishermen, war orphans, and various others who form strange friendships across barriers of age, gender, ethnicity, and nationality" — Jeju: From peace island to war island.

"The relevance of Yoon's stories to the real Jeju Island has recently intensified as concrete has begun to pour on coral reefs to make way for an 'eco-friendly' military base for South Korea's expanding blue water navy," which, the author notes, "may also provide 'lily pad' support for the United States Navy." He also notes that "peace activists from all over the world have begun to lend their support, most notably feminist writer Gloria Steinem," who is quoted as rightly saying, "Jeju Island means Women's Island. It stands for an ancient balance. We must save it from the cult of militarism that endangers us all, women and men."

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Blogger 유미 said...

A friend of mine sent me a petition to sign in protest against this military base. Here it is:
http://www.avaaz.org/en/save_jeju_island/96.php

I'm not sure what effect it can or will have but I signed it. There is a strong strain of anti-Americanism in Korea that I don't like, but at the same time sometimes you just have to stand up against the military-industrial complex

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Blogger hoihoi51 said...

the korean who are living in Osaka are mostly from Jeju because of Jeju uprising.

this is a document、myth of Jeju in History of Goryeo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goryeosa
according to this
http://image.blog.livedoor.jp/hash0153/imgs/c/c/cc68f147.jpg

three jeju gods and three Japanese queens got married. and their descendants made village in jeju.
that is way they are still discriminated by the korean ?

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