Some asshole in New York City---redundant?---has begun running an advertisement on a tour bus that promotes South Korea's claims to the Liancourt Rocks and the Sea of Japan. From the Korea Times, which makes it sound like the whole goddamn bus is devoted to Dokdo:
Amid South Korean civic groups’ vigorous campaign to promote the international awareness of Dokdo and of South Korea’s sovereignty over the islets, which is challenged by Japan, a tour bus in New York has begun to run a Dokdo-promoting advertisement, joining the same crusade in a novel way.
The full five-meter LED (light-emitting diode) ad, attached to a double-decker that tours around Manhattan, flashes to pedestrians that the proper name of the international sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan is “East Sea” and Dokdo, a set of islets there also belongs to South Korea, Yonhap News Agency reported Saturday.
"Do You Know? For the last 2,000 years, the body of water between Korea and Japan has been called the `East Sea.' And Dokdo located in the East Sea is a part of Korean territory,” the 15-second ad said, displaying a big picture of Dokdo.
I think that's my favorite claim. As a matter of fact, no, I didn't know that Koreans have been calling it "East Sea" for 2,000 years. I had no idea the English language was that old.
The bus is a property of the East Tourism Co., a tour company run by Cho Kyu-sung.
“As a person who originally came from Korea, I became disquieted whenever the disputes surrounding the Dokdo ownership and its official international naming surfaced,” Cho said.
“I just wanted to tell people here in New York that Dokdo belongs to Korea, and East Sea ‘is’ East Sea,” he added.
We've been through this a million times, but it's "East Sea" in Korean, Sea of Japan in English. Nobody is trying to rename the body of water 일본해, and it would be appreciated if Koreans didn't try to dictate how foreign, sovereign countries used their languages.
A woman, identified as Kristin, said, “It’s my first time to know that the name of the sea between South Korea and Japan is East Sea.” With her curiosity apparently picked by the ad, she then asked the reporter what “Dokdo” meant.
This token foreign woman, should she even exist, must feel very honored that out of all the people in New York City, the ad picked her. I wonder if Kristin asked why the map on the ad didn't depict North Korea. I wonder if she further asked why they are being so selective with their corrections.