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Re: Korean/Chinese (Re: Rant: Defending Indonesian)

From:H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>
Date:Friday, November 1, 2002, 17:49
On Fri, Nov 01, 2002 at 12:38:01PM -0500, Yoon Ha Lee wrote:
> On Friday, November 1, 2002, at 12:10 , H. S. Teoh wrote: > > >Consider what the first Korean king did: he devised a distinct writing > >system, different from Chinese, so that his people would have a sense of > >difference with the Chinese, and have something they can identify as their > >own. Some have said that if it weren't for this, he might have eventually > >lost much of his kingdom to the Chinese, since his people would not have > >felt differentiated from them. > > > *puzzled look* Sejong was hardly the first Korean king, unless you're > referring to some different king? (He's the one who devised the Korean > alphabet.)
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