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Japan-Korea Relations

"What Would it Take for Korea to Forgive Japan for the Past?"

Dr. Woon Do Choi
 (Northeast Asian History Foundation, Seoul)

October 4 (Tues)
6:00-7:30 PM
Smith Student Union 327/8
Free and open to the public

Memories of the “past,” in other words the period when Japan ruled Korea as a colony (1910-45), continue to color relations between the two major liberal democracies in East Asia. In this talk, Dr. Choi will introduce the difficulties of moving beyond painful memories but also suggest possibilities for coming to terms with the past. Issues he shall address include: What are the flash points in the history between Korea and Japan? Why should Korea forgive Japan? What is the price of forgiveness? What lessons can be learned from similar cases in Europe?