Virginia Textbook Tweak Stirs Naming Dispute Over Asian Sea

Virginia Textbook Tweak Stirs Naming Dispute Over Asian Sea

Kojo explores the international dispute touched off by a Virginia General Assembly bill that would require Virginia's textbooks to note that the Sea of Japan is also known as the "East Sea."

A two-word tweak to Virginia's public school textbooks has sparked a fiery debate in the General Assembly and reignited a longstanding international feud. A Senate bill would require Virginia's texts to note that the Sea of Japan is also known as the "East Sea." The move has angered Japan, pitting its high-powered lobbyists against the local Korean-American community. Kojo explores the power of a name, and finds out what's next in this sensitive dispute.

Guests

James Nolan

Reporter, Richmond Times-Dispatch

TK Park

Blogger, Ask a Korean!

Peter Kim

President, Voice of Korean Americans

Masato Otaka

Minister of Public Affairs, Embassy of Japan

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