October 25, 2012 12:03
A group of self-appointed "cyber diplomats" who combat what they see as misconceptions about Korea is seeking to boost awareness of Japan's sexual enslavement of Asian women in World War II and its flimsy claim to the Dokdo islets.
The Voluntary Agency Network of Korea, or VANK for short, wants to inform the international community that the roots of Japan's claim to Dokdo and Tokyo's refusal to compensate the former sex slaves lie in its denial of its aggressive past.
The patriotic campaign commemorates a failed effort in 1907 by King Gojong to salvage Korea's independence. Korea was declared an Imperial Japanese protectorate in the 1905 Eulsa Protectorate Treaty, and annexed in 1910.
VANK will launch the campaign in San Francisco on Nov. 1, since that is where Japan signed its surrender at the end of World War II. Korea's territorial rights to Dokdo were left out of the surrender treaty.
VANK plans to tour five U.S. cities for 15 days and hold seminars, discussions and lectures at Stanford, Harvard and Georgetown universities to point out Japan's failure to admit its past atrocities. The group will also produce posters to boost awareness of its cause.
"We will talk not only about Dokdo but about Japan's failure to properly compensate former comfort women and its continued use of the rising sun flag" whch symbolizes its imperial ambitions, a VANK member said.
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