It really has been two years since I have posted on the main blog here! This is because the Yi Sun-sin project I started was halted halfway through and I was never able to get back to it. Since 2018 many things have changed and sections of this website have been added, removed and altered. The main addition has been sections dedicated to my university courses in South Korea, which were initially meant to be temporary, but have now become major components of a contact-less (untact if you want to use the new Konglish expression) teaching environment. Thus, going forward, the site will be re-designed as I split it into three sections: 1. The original Korean Heroes content; 2. Content related to University courses for the 2020 Fall semester; 3. A blog containing videos, pictures, links and discussion on gardening in Korea. I have always had multiple interests and so I will attempt to organize all three of these spaces within in this website. Thank you to all of you who have supported the website in the past and present.
It’s been awhile, but it is high time we got back into the story of the immortal Yi Sun-sin. The main narrative, including his first naval encounter is set to begin. He has been preparing for this moment since the moment his was promoted. He has now been presented with what many historians and politicians refer to as “a crisis of opportunity.” He is in complete control of the last organized military resistance in Korea. No one is expecting any sort of offensive maneuver, not even the Joseon ministers themselves. However, armed with the confidence born of extreme dedication and purpose, and burning with the desire to avenge and punish, Yi Sun-sin somehow maintains his composure as he advances through the island chains and jagged coastlines of southern Korea toward the Japanese menace.
Presenting episode 5, where Yi Sun-sin’s true genius is put on display. Prepare yourself for the real debut of the Korean god of war, the greatest hero in Korean history: 충무공 (The Duke of Loyalty and Warfare) Admiral Yi Sun-sin.
First of all, Happy National Liberation Day! In Korea, August 15th commemorates the Allied victory over Japan, which led to Korea’s independence from the Japanese Empire and the end of colonial rule. The name of the day in Korean (한글) is: 광복절. That literally means “Light Return Day.” In other words, the day the light returned. A cool name for a holiday! Enjoy yourselves, whatever you do, and celebrate freedom!
The holiday is actually tomorrow, but the 4th episode is ready today, so here it is:
In this episode I discuss the Korean and Japanese navies and I generally describe the first days of the Imjin War. Yi Sun-sin takes up his new position as Commander of the Jeolla Left Navy. This episode is about 50 minutes in length and took a lot of effort on my part. I hope to set up the RSS feed for the Korean Heroes Podcast tomorrow (August 15th), but no promises! I’m pretty happy with the way the recording went, keeping it rough and raw for the most part suits my style, my ability and my equipment. I’m going to set up an SNS link for this site too, if everything goes well. Feedback is welcome, you can comment on this blog or contact me by email (just click on the contact information at the top of the page). Here are some screenshots of turtle ships (not my own I lost them…). I’ll have to start a new game when I have the time, but in the meantime have a look at the ones I pilfered!