When Jeon Han-gil (53), a ‘Korean history lecturer’ for the civil service examination, recently withheld his position on the relocation of the bust of General Hong Beom-do at the Korea Military Academy, calling it a “political dispute,” some criticized the response as being different from the previous administration.
What caused controversy online on the 5th was a post posted on Jeon’s online cafe on the 31st of last month. One student posted a question, ‘I am curious about what Teacher Han Gil thinks about the issue of General Hong Beom-do, which is currently causing great controversy.’
The student said, “When we were learning from the teacher, we heard that General Hong Beom-do was a person who made great achievements along with General Kim Jwa-jin in the overseas independence movement in 1920, but the issues currently being discussed are quite perplexing.” He added, “As a history expert, how does Teacher Han Gil I wonder what you think. “I’m not asking to discuss a political issue, but I’m curious whether there is enough basis for it to become an issue.”
In response, Mr. Jeon left a comment, saying, “We only need to study the facts about the historical information about General Hong Beom-do.” He added, “The evaluation should be done politically by focusing on what the ruling party, the opposition party, the Ministry of National Defense, and the Liberation Association each want to give weight to.” “It is turning into a political dispute because everyone is making their own claims based on their own standards,” he said.
He continued, “The people were also divided. It’s just so sad메이저사이트. What has been politicized in this way is not a matter of fact, but a matter of values. “As of our cafe, politics and religion are taboo because each individual has different rights and wrongs,” he said, avoiding a specific answer.
Then, a student who said he was a fan of Mr. Jeon said, “I remember hearing not only the historical facts about General Hong Beom-do but also his historical value assessment in the lecture. He wasn’t pointing out that this was wrong, but he thought the assessment was very appropriate. “I was very happy when the remains were transported,” he said. “But you are avoiding the current situation by framing it as a political battle popularized by the ruling party these days, in which the ruling and opposition parties are fighting, and the ruling and opposition parties are arguing with each other on very appropriate grounds.” “Isn’t it,” he pointed out.
As this controversy spread to various communities, a heated argument broke out among netizens. While some defended that Mr. Jeon’s response was appropriate, others criticized him for being cowardly for citing political reasons to avoid answering a student’s request as a history expert to tell only the facts he knew. Some people attacked, saying, “Is this a 2nd vote (meaning that you voted for President Yoon Seok-yeol, who was the number 2 candidate during the presidential election)?”
Jeon’s political comments on fan cafes and YouTube during the Moon Jae-in administration were also reexamined. During his lecture in 2020, Mr. Jeon mentioned the situation of converting Incheon International Airport Corporation to regular workers and said, “ XX , the president went to the airport and said, ‘Convert (non-regular workers) to regular workers.’ In the old days, this was what the king did. “Does this make sense?” he said heatedly.
Mr. Jeon, who teaches Korean history at Mega Civil Service, is known as an instructor for various civil service examinations and the Korean History Proficiency Test. Last month, he appeared on JTBC’s entertainment program ‘Jjandangpo’ and said, “The comprehensive income tax paid this year is 1.5 billion won, and the national health insurance premium is 52 million won.”