Since April 3, the Korea University (KU) Asiatic Research Center have initiated a weekly seminar on colonization. On April 10, the Asiatic Research Center held their session, in which the United States’(U.S.) colonization of the Philippines and the Insula Cases were discussed. In this lecture, Choi Jeong-Soo (Seoul National University of Education) participated as the main lecturer.
Choi started the lecture with an explanation on the Spanish—American War that occurred in 1898. The war ended with the U.S.’s victory, allowing them to take over several colonized countries that Spain used to dominate. Then he explained how this incident triggered endless debates on whether it is right for the U.S. to recolonize what was under Spain’s control. He mentioned two contrasting arguments on the colonization of the Philippines; some agreed with United States’ colonization while others asserted that they should abide by founding principles and reject colonialism.
Throughout the lecture, Choi aimed to criticize past histories of colonization in several countries including Korea, stating that there are still more issues that needs to be discussed for the society to differentiate right and wrong. Subsequent lectures are each held on April 17 and 24.
▲ Photographed by Moon Sun Lecturer Choi Jeong-Soo giving a lecture