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Worsening relations between Seoul and Tokyo affecting cultural events

Published on Aug 13, 2019 173 views

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The ongoing diplomatic and trade dispute between South Korea and Japan is beginning to take a toll on cultural exchanges between the two countries,… resulting in a series of abrupt cancellations of cultural events.
Won Jung-hwan reports.
The worsening relations between Seoul and Tokyo are not just affecting the economy, but have also spread to cultural events.
A Facebook post shared by a veteran Korean artist last week is getting attention,... as it said that he received a notice from exhibition organizers saying they would cancel his art exhibition which was scheduled to be shown at the Iksan Jewelry Museum on August 7.
The background of such a decision was due to his art pieces which portrayed a Japanese woman dressed in a traditional Kimono.
The notice was received a day before the exhibition,… and the veteran artist called it utterly ridiculous.
"There should always be freedom when it comes to publishing art. It doesn't matter if I draw a Japanese woman or a Western woman,… freedom of expression comes first. And given the fact that the organizers knew what I was going to exhibit a couple of months ago,… the sudden cancellation shouldn't have happened."
The Museum organizers explained that they canceled the exhibition due to the public sentiment which could easily be provoked amid the worsening political relationship between the two countries. But the artist says,… culture must be separated from politics.
"No matter how odd the political relations are right now, there is no border when it comes to cultural exchanges."
Meanwhile, the Korea Publication Industry Promotion Agency said on Tuesday that it had canceled a book fair organized by the Korean Cultural Center in Tokyo.
It explained that after listening to public opinion, it took the decision to cancel the event, which was scheduled to take place early next month.
So far, there have been no signs that K-pop events in Japan would be affected by the bilateral diplomatic and trade strife,... as exchanges of popular culture between the two countries have tended to remain immune from any political tangles.
However, if the spat keeps growing, and spreads further into cultural events,... it could someday damage the high-flying careers of K-pop artists in Japan.
Won Jung-hwan, Arirang News.

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Comments
  • Nioka
    Nioka 4 дня назад Koreans are, to all appearance, making a great NOISE in contrast with us on this dispute.
  • Jo Ryugu
    Jo Ryugu 4 дня назад I am curious how South Koreans see about sports? In 1988, at the Seoul Olympics, South Koreans booed and jeered and Japanese players just because they were Japanese. In 2012, at the London Olympics, one soccer player insisted Takeshima or Dokuto is South Korea’s. Such a political action is completely banned by IOC. He made an excuse that he saw a Japanese naval ship flag. Japanese media carefully checked the whole soccer event in videos that there was no single flags like that. Then, South Koreans started, instead of blaming the soccer player, claiming Japanese naval ships must be abandoned. Until 1988, I had pretty neutral views toward South Korea, but since 1988, my view changed completely. Japanese would never ever boo or jeer at South Korean athletes just because they are Koreans. If some do, other Japanese would definitely boo at those booing at South Koreans.