Friday, April 20, 2007


In psychology, psychological projection (or projection bias) is a defense mechanism in which one attributes ("projects") to others, one’s own unacceptable or unwanted thoughts or/and emotions

I want to use the word more widely in a sense someone i s projecting when s/he attributes to others his/her own thoughts or/and emotions.

A Korean author writes, citing Armitage . report,

A new Asia is emerging......
this landscape may cause the U.S. to fear or at least engender a sense of American isolation in the Asian economy.(7) This also possibly means that America's political influence in Asia may gradually wane in times to come. In light of this situation, Japan's role in their alliance should come to the fore and occupy a more critical position than it presently does in America's economic and foreign policy toward Asia.
....., its effort could be undermined by a significant outside factor. The new challenge to the U.S. now seems to be its closest partner in Asia, Japan. Specifically, the problem is Japanese nationalism, which has been provoking China and South Korea. South Korea is one the U.S.'s traditional Asian allies. Japan is being intransigent on sensitive issues such as history text books, wartime sex slavery, Yasukuni shrine visits, and territorial disputes.

Japanese Nationalism and U.S. Foreign Policy

I wonder whose natinoalism is affecting the regional stability. Chinese nationalism is still strong, but wisely enough the head of China has controlled it. Granting that there is a rise in Japanese nationalism, there is also counter movements against it in Japan. But Korean ultra-natinoalism is getting out of control.
Besides, read Armitage report carefully, Armitage is worried about---and I am also worried about---the impact of the unification of Korea:not because Korea will be a stronger country that will threaten the region as some Korean people fancy, but because it might cause a great instability. I would say there will be a good possibility that South Korea will not be able to stand it.
I think the author is just projecting Korean situation onto Japan.

Come to think of it, I think Korean people are also projecting in case of VT incident.

Korea may be a mirror for Japan.In this sense Korea has
something we can learn from .Let's learn from Korea.

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