Saturday, November 11, 2006

Yi Sunshin

Yi Sunsin



2006.06.20 12:33:36中央日報JoongAngDaily/2006.06.20 12:33:36


A researcher Pak claims that it is Japan that invented "the protector of the country" and "the oriental Nelson"" out of Yi Sunshin. Japanese captain Shibayama wrote the book "the story of Yin Sunshi" and that was the first book that made Yi Sunshin a famous admiral of the world history. After the 1919 independence movement, (Korean)people like 文一平 ,申采浩,李光洙 began to write the article about Yin Sunshi and Yin Sunshi was put as the hero who saved the country to emphasize the logic of unification of Japan and Korea under the mobilization system after sino-Japanese war. Another professor Ha claims that story that Yin Sunshin saved the castle of 火旺山in 1597 against Japanese admiral Kato is bloated; the place is not the battle field in the first place---it was evacuation place. The story began to be bloated after the publication of 倡義録 in 1734, 137 years after the battle.



朝鮮日報 2005/03/07Chosun

the author claims the reason Yin Sunsin, Kim Okyun, and the Queen Min ,, were brought to life to the Korean public by dramas and novels after the Korean Independence was the desperate attempt to hide the shameful fact that Korea was pro-Japanese, by making them heroes, emphasizing the legitimacy of Korean race.( Here I am roughly summarizing and translating what is written. )ponta at occidentalism

The last one Yi participated was actually after Hideyosi’s death, and the Chinese and Korean forces attacked Japanese forces that were trying to pulling out from Korea (the Japanese did not wish to continue the war after their leader had died). And the Japanese did succeed in that with minimal loss, while Yi was killed by Shimazu forces,It’s interesting that the so-called “great victory” is not recorded by the Japanese as any great defeat, and major daimyos like Shimazu, Kato and Konishi still went on to be significant players in the post Hideyoshi-era. The Japanese completed its goal of retreating from the Korean peninsula with minimal loss. Maybe the Chinese and the Koreans some how misinterpreted the retreat of the Japanese as their “great victory”.tomato at occiendalism

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