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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.

Date: 2016-03-06 02:35 pm (UTC)
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So frustrating that people like this can have an actual impact on valuable academic research!

-J

Date: 2016-03-06 03:40 pm (UTC)
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...why would it be necessary for Korea to be powerful and important in order for Korea's history to have worth? I don't get it.

I hate when people with a political agenda shut down research into things that might prove their agenda is bullshit.

Date: 2016-03-06 10:26 pm (UTC)
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...why would it be necessary for Korea to be powerful and important in order for Korea's history to have worth? I don't get it.

Easy for someone from the US to say.

Date: 2016-03-06 10:32 pm (UTC)
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On the one hand, I can undertsnad the impulse of "no we are more than the sum of our oppression" but on the other hand, shitty research helps no one's cause.

Obviously I am not An Expert On Korean History, but I feel like Nakrang would make sense to be around Pyeongyang, given that it's the historical capital of Korea (correct me if I'm wrong). Also, I find it interesting that everyone is pushing it "away", with South Koreans putting it in North Korea, North Koreans in China (I think? around the border, anyway) and crackpots going "it's on Mars".

Date: 2016-03-09 10:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dhampyresa
I personally think "underdog beats superpower" is more impressive than "superpower becomes underdog".

There's also the fact that if non-South Koreans control the north of the peninsula, South Korea effectively becomes an island and is cut-off from the "mainland". Maybe China figured having a presence in the north was enough to pressure the whole country.

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