Vietnamese survivors of S.Korean massacres – Conclusion: Heartfelt apology


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    Vietnamese survivors of S.Korean massacres – Conclusion: Heartfelt apology

    Seoul-based newspaper The Hankyoreh 21 (The Korean Nation)’s revelations surrounding the massacre of Vietnamese civilians by South Korean troops in the late 1960s has come as a huge shock to the East Asian country.
    Author of the articles in question, Ku Su Jeong, said she had received an influx of letters from the newspaper’s readers.
    “In these long letters, many said they had been crying a lot while others simply expressed their horror,” Ku said.
    “They asked me what they could do to apologize to the Vietnamese people.”
    Ku said she had also received emails and feedback from Japanese, American and Australian readers.
    Over the course of history, South Koreans themselves have undergone multiple invasions by foreign intruders.
    The latest is the Japanese empire occupying the Korean peninsula between 1910 and 1945, one of Korea’s most regrettable chapters.
    Koreans also went through deadly armed conflicts, including the No Gun Ri massacre in July 1950, when a large number of South Korean refugees were killed by a U.S. airstrike; the Jeju uprising on Jeju Island followed by a brutal anti-communist suppression campaign that lasted from April 1948 until May 1949; and the Gwangju massacre in May 1980, in which protesters against martial law were attacked by government paratroopers.
    Appalled by the atrocities their troops had committed in Vietnam, many members of the Korean intelligentsia have not held back tears while attending commemorative ceremonies held in Vietnam.
    At the other extreme, many Korean war veterans, who take great pride in having devoted their youth to their country’s welfare and growth during the 1970s and 1980s by fighting in Vietnam, have denied that any mass killings took place.
    Some have attacked the Hankyoreh 21 office, stealing documents and claiming that massacres are merely a “figment of the newspaper’s imagination.”
    Undaunted, the Hankyoreh 21 launched an apology campaign in February 1999 that lasted until February 2003.

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