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Korean/Chinese (Re: Rant: Defending Indonesian)

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Friday, November 1, 2002, 17:37
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.) Yoon Ha Lee [] The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line, Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it. --Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam


H. S. Teoh <hsteoh@...>