Saturday, May 02, 2009

Korean Historical Soaps Upset China

Korean historical dramas have upset Chinese authorities and Internet users alike. Chinese authorities have imposed a press embargo on "Taewangsasingi," about the Koguryo Kingdom (37BC-668AD) from the early days until King Kwanggaeto the Great, and Chinese Internet users are calling "Chumong," about the early kingdom’s founding, chauvinistic and anti-Chinese.

Tianya Club, one of the most popular Internet forums in China, and Chinese search engine Baidu are inundated with messages attacking "Chumong." Users complain Korean drama is following in the footsteps of Japanese attempts to rewrite history, depicting Koreans as innocent and the Han-dynasty Chinese as cruel. "The drama portrays Han China as even nastier than Japan," one message says. "What are the Chinese authorities doing? Korea is airing this kind of vicious TV drama all around the world."

Bae Yong-joon of Bae Yong-joon of "Taewangsasingi" (right) and Song Il-gook of "Chumong"

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