Korean History, Life & Culture

Yi Sun-sin Episode 3: Rebel with a Cause

Time to talk about Yi Sun-sin’s army career in a little more detail.  What did he accomplish up in the hinterlands of Hamgyeong-do?  Well pretty much everything.  In less than a decade he travels the entire length of the peninsula, gets thrown in jail, promoted, demoted, re-promoted, scatters raiders, saves captives and captures a barbarian chieftain.  Tune in to hear about this little known, but very compelling part of the roller coaster that is Yi Sun-sin’s military career.

  Also, great news!  I have two more primary sources in the mail, the collection of Yi Sun-sin’s letters to the court and a biography written by his nephew. This should make for some great story-telling.  Thank you for visiting the site and for supporting the show.

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Episode 3 has been divided and sub-divided into smaller parts as Google sets their maximum streaming file size at 25MB.  So just click on Part 1 A and then move on to Part 1 B!  Enjoy!

Episode 3 – Yi Sun-sin – Rebel With a Cause – Part 1 Side A

Episode 3 – Yi Sun-sin – Rebel With a Cause – Part 1 Side B



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    Accepting the different view of him was kind of hard for me because I’m a huge fan of Yi Sun-sin. However, it was a good chance for me to have another perspective of Yi Sun-sin and listen to foriegner’s view. I’ve never thought that Park Jeong-hee deliberately made Yi Sun-sin super hero to make people be loyal to our nation.

    I hope that the book ‘칼의 노래(The Sing of Sword)’ written by Kim Hun has the translated version in English so you can read the book. The book is based on historical fact of Yi Sun-sin and very well written.
    By the way, I really loved your voice!

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    I think Yi Sun-Sin’s braveness and his achievements should not be compared with Park Jeong Hee’s because some of Park’s works were wrong. He got his presidency by coup and made many people who were the opposite him to die. He drived many innocent people to communists and tortured them. Also many young and old men were hired with no pay in making expressway and they suffered and died. Although he did many great jobs to make Korea better, he was not a hero.

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    As you mentioned we are more likely to overestimate or have a prejudice about some historical heroes.
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    Most Koreans want to belive what we’ve been taught on 이 순신 as a great man without defect. It might not be wrong to some extent. But it is necessary to approach more actually. In spite of various kind of complications, frustrations, entrapping and adversity he tried to overcome. In that point I think your approach is very desirable.
    유 성룡, he recommended 이 순신 as a navy captin just before the outbreaking of war.
    It was something breaking rules. 7 levels up! It’s an opportunity to make him a hero after all.
    And I’m expecting about the unfolding between 이 순신 and 원 ê· . We are familiar that one man is a hero and another is a villainous hero. That would be all right, prefect?

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