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30.5.07

Wikipedia Switches from "Dokdo" to "Liancourt Rocks"

Last week, Korea's Chosun Ilbo warned Korean "netizens" that there was a vote being taken at the online encyclopedia "Wikipedia" to use the name "Liancourt Rocks" instead of "Dokdo" as the name of the article describing the dispute between Japan and Korea over a small group of rocky islets in the Sea of Japan. (See the Wikipedia article here.) You can find a translation of the Chosun Ilbo article here.

Even though the Chosun Ilbo article seemed to have mobilized a great many Korean netizens to go to the Wikipedia site to try to influence the vote, it appears their efforts were in vain because when I checked the Wikipedia site this morning, I noticed that "Liancourt Rocks" had replaced "Dokdo" as the name of the article describing the dispute. Now, even if you type "Dokdo" in the search window at the site, you are directed to the "Liancourt Rocks" article.

I think it was a good decision on the part of Wikipedia since "Liancourt Rocks" is a more neutral name than "Dokdo," the Korean name for the islets. The Japanese name for the islets is "Takeshima." Even though I believe that Japan is the rightful owner of the islets, I think Liancourt Rocks should be used until the dispute is settled.

2 comments:

  1. I agree with Gerry. It is fair because Dokdo is a local name for the island as well as 東海 is the local name for Sea of Japan.

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  2. 'Dokdo' is the global standard term for the small islets in the East Sea of Korea. The grounds for this terminology lies in the resolution of the first UNCSGN (Unites Nations Comference on the Standardization of Geographical Names), in 1967. The resolution holds that regarding geographical names, it is the principal to call the names as they are called in the country. This is to reduce the use of exonyms. Thus, as Dokdo is Korean territory, it is legitimate to call it 'Dokdo', and nothing else (e.g. 'takeshima', or 'Liancourt Rocks')

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