Hating the Korean Wave and Hating the Japan Wave
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The Hate Korean Wave

Manga Kenkanryu, translated as Manga—The Anti-Korean Wave or Manga—The Hate Korea Wave among others, also referred to as Hating the Korean Wave in a New York Times article, and Hate Korea: A Comic in an Associated Press article) is a controversial manga written by Sharin Yamano with the theme of Korean-Japanese disputes and anti-Korean sentiment (ja:嫌韓) in Japan. The manga started as a webcomic on the author’s website entitled CHOSEN, and after being refused publication for two years, it was published by Shinyusha Co., Ltd. (Shin'yūsha [1]) and released in Japan on 2005-07-26, after which it triggered a Japanese internet movement. A sequel, Manga Kenkanryu 2 (ISBN 4-88380-516-6) was released 2006-02-22 (Shimane Prefecture’s Takeshima Day).

The book was released in the midst of the recent “Korean Wave” pop culture boom in Japan, which was contributed to by imports of Korean TV dramas (one of the most popular being Winter Sonata) and other pop culture imports. This has led to increased positive awareness of Korea; it has also triggered a phenomenon known as the "Hate Korea Wave" (after which the book is named), due to increased awareness of various Korean-Japanese disputes and the fanning of previously existing anti-Korean sentiment in Japan. The book's tagline says “There is one more Korean Wave that the media is hiding—the Hate Korea Wave!” The book is controversial both in and outside of Japan as it has been accused of distorting major historical facts, being racist, and not being frank in dealing with ongoing issues between Korea
and Japan.


The book covers a variety of Korean-Japanese disputes, particularly anti-Japanese sentiment in Korea, the Liancourt Rocks territorial dispute, the history of Korea under Japanese rule, the Japanese history textbook controversies, recognition of history, foreign suffrage (namely that of Zainichi Koreans) in Japan, and disputes over the origins of Japanese culture (e.g. Kendo vs Kumdo), with a viewpoint mainly criticizing the state of affairs in the Republic of Korea. The content comes mainly from already-existing opinions espoused by critics of South Korea, though put in a manga format. Critics argue that by transferring opinions on these issues to this medium, it makes it easier for the author to convey his criticisms of Korea to people with no previous interest in Korea. Also, a discussion on South Korea as seen through the Korean Wave drama Winter Sonata, as well as a basic synopsis of the show, are given in an extra chapter at the end of the book.


The Hate Japan Wave


a manhwa in direct opposition to The Hate Korea Wave, is currently being written by South Korean cartoonist Kim Sung Mo (김성모; 金城摸; RR: Gim Seong-mo, M-R: Kim Sŏng-mo) and was released on February-March 2006. According to a Joins.com article, The Hate Japan Wave is being created because The Hate Korea Wave "looked down on Koreans, and distorted history". At this point, chapters on the World Cup (specifically the joint South Korea-Japan 2002 Cup, widely regarded as a success) and the Liancourt Rocks have been completed.

Another book by the same name written by Yang Byeong-seol (양병설), a not so well-known cartoonist, has already been published. Yang's book, however, has been greatly criticized by many fellow Korean readers and media outlets for not being sufficient answer to Kenkanryu as many readers felt it lacks any proof or logical arguments.[citation needed] The cartoonist in an interview admitted that his book was not supposed to be a professionally written article, but something he published with his own money as an emotional outcry toward Kenkanryu.


source:wikipedia

this whole media war is totally serious.......and this whole thing is freakin me!!!
ooh...poor people....Hope they'll create a manga/manhwa the Jap/ korean love wave.
well, i guess it's too harsh to say a hate wave......


I pray for peace b/w Japan and korea..
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netizens will have lots to say abt this
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This is absurd.
Hate wave? What the f***?
Peace, love and understanding is what we need not som freakin' hate wave...
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well this person seem to clarify what the book's (the hate korean wave)
title meant to be----->>http://populargusts.blogspot.com/2006/04/kenkanryu-in-realm-of-revisionists.html

well, i guess i should i read the manga before saying anything....
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I wouldn't care , this is kinda stupid no offence .
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uh-huh..
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there is no need for all this hate, everyone should just watch each others dramas and be happy

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I think this an old news.
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lol Ive visited a forum where koreans and Japs fighting. Anyway I don't really care since I like Japans anime and I like Korean historical series KOTW...
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Posted 12/22/08
Remember. The Japanese wrote the book first
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never...
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Posted 12/22/08
World Peace People......
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this manga is relevent to my interests
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