Sunday, August 15, 2010

Happy Liberation Day!

TODAY IS Liberation Day, which celebrates the liberation of Korea from Japan. The President, Lee Myung-bak, made a speech -- which included his, rather vague and unlikely, "plans" for reunifying North and South Korea -- and down by City Hall was thronged with people watching screens filled by people I didn't recognise making speeches I couldn't understand.

Even so, it was quite affecting to see so many turned out to take pride in their country. Sadly, patriotism has something of a sullied name back home these days, what with the actions of the IRA and other murderous gobshites. Overall though, Korea's celebration of independence seems a relatively sombre affair, without the kind of drink and cheer you'd expect on St. Patrick's Day or the 4th of July.

Then again, Ireland was liberated from hoards of deadly serpents, which is much greater cause for celebration than expelling some bothersome Japanese. . .


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