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South Korean kids visiting Japan


Unswerving cyclist
14 Mar 2002
That's a wonderful story about growing mutual understanding.

South Korean kids' four-day visit erases negative feelings for Japan

In the mind of 13-year-old Lee Dah Hyun, Japan was a "bad and egoistic" country because of its 1910-1945 colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. "Yeah, it is true I heard Japan did a lot of terrible things to us during the colonial period," said Lee, who is in the sixth grade. So it was quite natural she didn't feel like taking part in a four-day home-stay program in Japan in November.

"To be honest, I was very reluctant to accept the idea of visiting Japan and staying in a Japanese home. Anyway, I decided to join the program just out of pure curiosity," Lee wrote in an account of her trip to Japan.

But her overwhelmingly negative views about Japan changed completely after she mingled with Japanese students, saw Japanese ways of living for herself and visited famous sights. She recalls crying when she had to board a bus to Narita airport for her flight home.

"Saying goodbye to Japanese friends and their parents, who were very kind and warm to us, was really hard to do," Lee said. Aboard the plane home, she told herself she would visit Japan to see her new Japanese friends again very soon. "I didn't know I could feel close to Japanese friends so quickly, because I had a bad feeling about Japan before visiting the country," she said.

She said the parents of Japanese students were kind and considerate to her. They were attentive to any problems and even paid attention to such minor matters as readjusting the ribbon in her hair. Lee, from Kwanmun Elementary School in Kwachon on the outskirts of Seoul, was part of a group of 42 students who paid a four-day visit to Japan on Nov. 1.

The home-stay program resulted from a sister-school relationship Kwanmun set up with Komabayashi Elementary School in Yokohama in August 2001. South Korean students in their traditional attire participated in festivals arranged by Japanese students, singing traditional folk songs and dancing together.

"It was a very useful and interesting program for our students, because they could get together with Japanese students and get a firsthand experience of Japan," said Lee Jung Soon, a 43-year-old Kwanmun teacher who led the South Korean students on their trip. Lee Jung Soon said she can never forget the "tearful parting" when her students and their Japanese counterparts were saying goodbye to each other.

=> http://www.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/getarticle.pl5?nn20030118b7.htm
Korean elementary school.
"We should invade Japan!"

I hope someday Korea stop hate-Japan education
Welp, it always needs two to tango. Pointing fingers at others won't change anything, better reach out your hand and think positively.

That's why I posted the article above.

Originally posted by ehhhhh!
Korean elementary school.
"We should invade Japan!"

I hope someday Korea stop hate-Japan education

And of course you likewise protest against the much more virulent japanese racism, right? 👏 :p
In the Asia cup we do see some Chinese with Japan flag lol. yeah, You can't judge a whole country by few group of people. That's a stereotype. there are always exception.
noone ever denies the idea of exceptions when they utter a stereotype.
But without stereotypes, how do you explain what generally is the idea in another country?. Do you sit down with a gargantuan telephone book and start calling all the numbers, asking each person wat *they* think of the topic every time you have a question?
I am not try to explain what geneally is the idea in another country, I just want to say there is always an exceptions in any kind situation. and i always truseted in it.
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