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21st century Jang Bogo: Asia Moves toward Cooperation

21st century Jang Bogo: Asia Moves toward Cooperation Conflict over history Dispute over sovereignty Regional power struggle These issues are creating a sharp conflict in Northeast Asia. Some describe the present time as “the New Cold War Era.” Many are skeptical of the potential for Korea, China, and Japan to build cooperative relationships. When looking [...]

Peace in Asia

The most well-known Asian countries “China and Japan” These two countries have long been actively engaged in international exchange. They sent many expeditions across the world. Zheng-He’s Expeditions “Go across the oceans to the end of the world, and make every single country pay tribute to China!” - Yongle, the third emperor of Ming China, in [...]

Technology of Hope

Technology is ever evolving, like smartphones, tablet PCs and laptops. At any time, we can talk to friends across the world through SNS. Today we can do a lot of things with just one touch on the screen. Every day, our life is getting more and more convenient. However, there are some people who are [...]

Suggestions for the Future Direction of Japan

The Second World War (1939 – 1945) The war that caused the largest number of causalities and most property damage in world history Two countries were particularly responsible for these tragedies. Germany and Japan  Lebensraum (living space) Adolf Hitler believed that the living space of the German people was too small, and so Germany needed [...]

General Timeline of the Japanese Military “Comfort Women” System

General Timeline of the Japanese Military “Comfort Women” System

Although Japan continues to deny or distort its imperialistic war history, there are still people who remember it and demand the self-reflection of Japan. After Japan’s defeat in WWII became clear, Japanese soldiers tried to kill the “comfort women” to cover up its crimes, but some survived the mass murder. Through those surviving victims, the [...]

May we speak?

May we speak?

VANK is hosting the “May We Speak International Film Festival” to promote the brutality of Japanese war crimes, including the “comfort women” issue. This festival won’t be a famous event with renowned directors like Steven Spielberg and Hollywood stars in attendance. However, it will be an event where young Koreans will show their talent for [...]

Great People of Korea (3)

Great People of Korea (3)

  18. Choi Mu-Seon (1325 – 1395) Choi Mu-Seon was an inventor best known for the production of Korea’s first gunpowder and cannons. During the Goryeo dynasty, he had already recognized the importance of gunpowder weapons, and suggested the establishment of a state institution committed to producing them. His inventions played a crucial role in [...]

Great People of Korea (2)

Great People of Korea (2)

8. Heo Gyun (1569 – 1618) & Heo Nanseolheon (1563 – 1589) Heo Gyun and Heo Nanseolheon were famous sibling writers during the Joseon dynasty. Heo Gyun authored the first Korean language novel, “The Tale of Hong Gildong.” His sister Nanseolheon wrote many poems that were highly commended by writers in Korea, China and Japan. [...]

Great People of Korea (1)

Great People of Korea (1)

1. Dae Jo-Young (?– 719, reign: 698 – 719) Dae Jo-Young was the founder of the Balhae kingdom. After the fall of the Goguryeo kingdom, he gathered the refugees and some Malgal tribes and established Balhae. Upon its founding in 698, he proclaimed that it was the successor of Goguryeo, both domestically and internationally, and [...]

A-Yong Man’s Fifth – Global leader

What is your dream? There is a dream that drives many young Koreans to join VANK. Many young people pursue this dream to make a difference in the world. It is to be a part of an international organization!! UN, UNICEF, UNESCO, and WHO Here are two Koreans who have achieved this dream. A small [...]