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Re: Rhee and Chaing kai chek
Aigu!!! You are definitely experiencing this phenomena alone - and why an
erudite, scholarly man like yourself, Dan, would formulate such a gross blanket
statement about Koreans is perplexing. I am a Caucasian male who has been the
best man at one Korean wedding, the MC at another. I delivered both speeches in
Korean and English - I have never had problems with Koreans. Hell, even the
Korean corner store (depanneur en francais) fellow loves it when I say hello
and thanks in Korean. Perhaps it has to do with making an effort to bridge a
cultural gap rather than forcing assimilation...However, I know this is off
topic so I will refrain further from pursing this polemic.
Just my thoughts
"Daniel T. Fahey" wrote:
> I read several books on the CBI about Bissel, Stilwell and Chennault. The
> Book Chennault wrote, his writings to commanders and US political agents
> seemed over done. To the point they looked almost Chinese in nature. Hat in
> hand approach, reminders of failures if not supplied. No Doubt he had a
> great task. But the Bissels and Stilwells versions were a lot differnt. I
> all thier writing was a lot of hate and distrust for each other. The US
> Commanders hated General Chiang and Chennault. Liking them to a spoiled
> Warlord. Basically tolerated him.
> The comments about Chiang are almost identical to what I see on this
> listserver about Rhee. Seems both killed civilians in vast quantities.
> Even to the point of shakeling 100000 people up to block the Japanese
> advance. One of the other posters seemed to hit the nail on the head .. all
> the history books talk about the war and not the politics. The decisions
> that came up to implement battle plans on the outside now look simplistic.
> The criminal acts allowed in Korea make people who experienced this war want
> to forget it. After having to submited ourselves to Korea and its risks.
> (Not to change topics) But this begs the question, Why did we do it again in
> My Personal experience. I rarely meet a Korean in the US that is friendly.
> Even the Korean/Japanese resturants that we frequent, I feel like we are
> only tolerated for our money. In the WDC area there is still a lot of Joon
> Rhee Karate Schools. Aside from a few Korean collegues who have lived hear
> a while. My experience that Koreans just do not like Americans.
> Am I experiencing this alone? Or am I over reacting.
> Dan Fahey