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I learned yesterday that evidently a bunch of jingoistic pseudo-historians (let's call them JiPHs for short) who claim to be "patriots" helped put a halt to the Early Korea Project, a joint publication project by Harvard University and (actual) historians of ancient Korea. The JiPHs' complaint? That the project put the site of one of the major Chinese colonies, Nakrang, in the Korean peninsula, as opposed to the Chinese continent where the JiPHs insist Nakrang was located.

Theories on the location of Nakrang
Different theories on the location of Nakrang: Most South Korean scholars (green), North Korean scholars (blue), so-called "irregular" scholars, i.e. JiPHs (red)

The JiPHs' argument, as always, is total baloney. The historical and most crucially the archeological evidence points to Nakrang being on the peninsula, around what is now Pyeongyang, North Korea. (Green area of map above) The JiPHs, however, insist that Nakrang was in modern China to the west of the Liao River (Red area of map) because Reasons because Korea wasn't centered on the Korean peninsula we were a continental power dammit and the Chinese could never have had a presence on the Korean peninsula and it's colonialist to say otherwise and wahhhhh why are their dicks so small.

That's their entire thing, that ancient Korea has to have been a continental power, no, a continent-spanning empire in order for our history to have any worth, the evidence must only be interpreted to support this conclusion, and any scholarship that says otherwise is imperialist treason to the Korean people and ughhhh I feel slimy just typing this wanky nonsense.

Like mainstream historical scholars tend to, I've regarded the JiPHs with amused tolerance because I assumed they were harmless though annoying cranks. But now, realizing they can get valuable, serious research shut down with their pseudoacademic crap and get members of the national legislature on their side, I realize they are a serious threat and need a stompdown.

This gives me more incentive than ever to finish and publish my novel which places Nakrang, obviously, squarely in the Korean peninsula where it belongs. I want with all my heart for this novel to gain enough influence that the idea of Nakrang in Pyeongyang becomes popularized and the JiPHs can only scream and cry while their "theory" goes down the toilet where it belongs. That's not the only JiPH sacred cow I'm slaughtering, so may their cryfest be bitter and long.

And sure, if that happens they'll start their usual campaigns of smears and harassment, tactics that people with actual proof and logic on their side don't have to resort to. And you know what? Bring it. I am so ready for these liars and cowards. They have gone too far and this means war.
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Mar. 6th, 2016 01:27 pm (UTC)
(Prepares popcorn and comfortable viewing seat)
Mar. 9th, 2016 02:26 am (UTC)
I'll be sure to keep you posted. *cackles*
Mar. 6th, 2016 07:29 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's a pretty wacky thing to get hung up on. As far as I know, there aren't any hardcore militant Italians who insist that the Roman Empire didn't have most of its capitals on the 'boot' peninsula. Usually, the whole 'penis envy' thing is just a metaphor, but in this case it really does seem to be close to literal. XD

If your novel ever gets adapted for TV or cinema, you should insist that you'll grant the license only if it begins with a long pan over a map and then a dramatic zoom in on Nakrang that transitions to the first scene. That'll really get their goat. ;)
Mar. 9th, 2016 02:40 am (UTC)
Call it peninsular envy. ;) It's like a small, vocal group of Greeks insisting that Macedonia and other parts of Greece never came under Roman rule. It would be like these conspiracy-minded Greeks--who don't exist as far as I know, knock on wood--arguing that the prefecture of Macedonia in the records was actually somewhere in Italy, and that the Roman artifacts found on the Greek peninsula were planted by the Turks (equivalent to Japan in this analogy) to distort Greek history. Yes, it is exactly as ridiculous as it sounds.

Haha, good idea. XD The location of Nakrang is actually central to the three-book arc, so that's a good way to establish it.

Edited at 2016-03-09 02:43 am (UTC)
Mar. 10th, 2016 12:23 am (UTC)
And here I thought Young Earth Creationists were the masters of the conspiracy theory.
Mar. 6th, 2016 11:53 pm (UTC)
Appropriately, I have been reading a book on conspiracy theories. This sounds sorta in the ballpark, from what little you've said.

Mar. 9th, 2016 02:45 am (UTC)
They totally are! I mean, do you know how they explain the discovery of Chinese artifacts in the Pyeongyang area? They say the Japanese planted theme there to make it seem like Korea was always colonized by foreign powers. I was reminded of creationists saying fossils were put there by God to test their faith. There is just no arguing with these people.
Mar. 11th, 2016 08:43 pm (UTC)
Really? Why not argue that the Chinese artifacts were plunder brought back from that time they sacked China?

(Fakedit: heh, forgot that time Japan conquered Korea. But leaving the below because speculating about magical powers that only the Hwanppa know about is hilarious.)

And... and anyway, if Korea's so awesome, how did Japan manage this, anyway? Magic? Teleportation?

If Korea's awesome enough to have thrived in such a world, then clearly Korea must have been magical as well.

But that raises the question of why no one else knows about these magical powers (which a Korean probably taught to Rasputin), for which the answer is obviously that Japan did that, too! Because, knowing that for some reason it could no longer compete magically with the rest of the world, it obviously decided to make everyone else forget their own magic so they couldn't use it against Japan.

Now, the reason why Japan doesn't have magic anymore is obviously something or other to do with brave and patriotic Koreans who... would the Hwanppa be inclined to think it flattered their ego if we suggested that secretly, Korea's wizarding community singlehandedly won World War II by destroying the wizards of all the axis powers?

(Yes, yes, I just linked to Harry Potter and if Harry Potter is real then Dumbledore dueled Grindelwald... hm. Well, maybe Dumbledore is Korean. Maybe everyone is secretly Korean! Maybe you're Korean! ;P)

On an only slightly more serious note, thanks for posting about this.
Mar. 20th, 2016 03:24 pm (UTC)
See, that's one of the many flaws of the Hwanppa, that for all their grandiose claims they lack any real imagination. The plunder of China makes perfect sense because the Japanese rule of Korea is very recent while the Hwanppa's claims of grandiosity are from ancient history, so they totally could claim plunder and magic if they were willing to follow through on their original premise. But noooo, they have to be not only conspiracy theorists but boring ones.

(Edit: The "quote" button is seriously broken. It's actually a "post" button, what the hell.)

I like your magical conspiracy theory. It actually makes sense within the premise of the worldbuilding and is tons more exciting. You out-Hwanppa all the Hwanppa, congrats! I'd read the shit out of them if they had your imagination.

I'm glad it was interesting, lol.

Edited at 2016-03-20 03:30 pm (UTC)
Mar. 10th, 2016 12:02 pm (UTC)
crush them :D
Mar. 14th, 2016 02:29 pm (UTC)
Mar. 21st, 2016 10:14 pm (UTC)
Your post is making me super nostalgic for the days before my plunge into professional software development.

In IT we've been trying to protect infrastructure from connected, dedicated morons for decades, so it's somewhat jarring to be reminded that other fields have not yet had the collective epiphany that yes, people like this are a problem.

I hope your book does get published and succeeds beautifully. More historical accuracy is always better.

Edited at 2016-03-21 10:16 pm (UTC)
Mar. 31st, 2016 04:57 am (UTC)
I don't think a lot of us realized just how effective these guys can be, or how much they've already eaten into the public consciousness with their nonsense. It's past time for pushback, and I intend to be a part of it. *cracks knuckles*
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