East Asian Librarians Aid Diplomatic Efforts


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Recently, Joy Kim and Sun-Yoon Lee of the East Asian Library consulted with the new South Korean Consul General in Los Angeles, Mr. Kim Jae Soo, to assist with his diplomatic efforts regarding Tokdo (or Dokdo) Island. There is a long-standing dispute between South Korea and Japan over the ownership of the island, in which the interpretation of historic maps and records figures prominently. Lee and Kim directed the consul general to resources that helped him to better understand history--and basis--of the positions taken by the Korean and Japanese governments after World War II.