Extra! Korea

January 11, 2010

Sarah Palin didn’t know why North and South Korea are separate countries

Filed under: education, history, North Korea, politics — extrakorea @ 4:18 am

The following quote is from a New York Times article about the 2008 presidential campaign that I found thanks to this great website. There are other interesting facts but this is the only one related to Korea.

In the days leading up to an interview with ABC News’ Charlie Gibson, aides were worried with Ms. Palin’s grasp of facts. She couldn’t explain why North and South Korea were separate nations and she did not know what the Federal Reserve did.

To be fair to Ms. Palin, neither do these people:

The Korea Academy for Educators is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization based in Los Angeles, dedicated to informing American educators about Korean history and culture and the general Korean-American experience in order to promote cross-cultural understanding.

[ snip ]

For instance, Koreans should work to educate Americans about the Japanese colonial period, the role of the U.S. in Korean history and the fact that we divided a country that had been unified for centuries,” said Connor.


  1. […] and Sarah Palin thought God willed her to be the Republican VP candidate, and she didn’t know why there was a North AND a South Korea (we already knew she didn’t realize Africa was a continent. … See what kind of bullet […]

    Pingback by Read this book, and despair! : The Reid Report — January 11, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

  2. Check this out. Palin is going to work for Fox. Two intellectual heavy weights meet each other!


    Comment by Mark — January 12, 2010 @ 4:38 am

  3. Though I don’t necessarily agree with the phrasing of the quote you found, it is still true that the US did play an active role in dividing a country part (and no, I’m not talking about some secret treaty).
    The US removed the functioning temporary government set up post-japanese occupation and placed the same people who were occupying the country back into power; all the while crushing any sort of “communist” attempt at solidarity.
    It is true that the actual Korean War did start with aggression from the North, the civil war right before it was caused by a whole bunch of factors; US intervention one of them.

    Comment by tae — January 12, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

  4. Koreans should be educated about how foreigners saved their country in WW2, the Korean War (don’t forgedt aid provided in the post-war era)and through the IMF.

    Then maybe a large portion of Korean youths entering uni won’t be so anti-American/foreigner and see America as the main enemy of Korea (see Rokdrop if you don’t believe me).

    Of course, Koreans are rarely if ever anti Korean-American. Just ask them.

    Comment by Fred — January 12, 2010 @ 2:49 pm

  5. It’s funny that Koreans feel the rest of the world should know about Korea and/or Korean history, but they know little to nothing about other country’s in general.

    I showed pictures of home I took in the fall to my students (adult, mostly university students and\or uni grads) and they were surprised to see the fall colors.

    “Your country has four seasons?” Man that question still blows my mind.

    Koreans are the last ones that should complain about Americans, or anyone else for that matter, not knowing about Korea.

    In the end, and I mean this with no malice, Korea is a small country that most people in the world could care less about…and why should they?

    Comment by Fred — January 12, 2010 @ 2:57 pm

    • I agree that world could care less about Korea. But for somebody who happenes to be the ex governor of a state which is the under the possible range of N. Korean Missiles, it is a total different story.

      Comment by Steve — January 12, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

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