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+[[!meta date="2015-02-09 04:37:00"]]
+[[!meta title="No contemporary history in Korea?"]]
+[[!tag imported_PyBlosxom korea society]]
+> In South Korea, contemporary history is omitted from the national
+> school curriculum. The modern era ("geundae") begins in 1876 with the
+> "opening" of Joseon Korea to international trade and international
+> market forces, and the contemporary era ("hyeondae") begins in 1945
+> with liberation from Japanese colonial rule. Arguably the most
+> diligent students in the world study everything except the entire
+> history of their own republic, founded in 1948, and the entire history
+> of the division, which was applied in 1945. Not one but every
+> generation of South Koreans lacks the formal education to understand
+> the historical context of the republic or the division beyond personal
+> experiences and emotional expressions. Ignoring the past and reveling
+> in economic success has been the national agenda set by dictators
+> resistant to critical reflection.
+I'd like to know if this is true.