LETTER: Rising sun flag in Langley classroom has historical baggage.

Historical events can have an effect on present day decisions.

Dear Editor,

I have researched Korean history and discovered that the Korean Peninsula was occupied by the Japanese from 1905 to 1945.

Their hold was so tight that Korea became isolated from her neighbours.

So it was not until the end of the Pacific War – 1939 to 1945 – that the stories of the atrocities of the Japanese to Koreans during the occupation were brought to light.

Since then the Koreans have had a hatred for the Japanese flag.

All this information was probably well know by student J.B. Moon. Instead of contacting school authorities and/or the history teacher for an explanation as to why the Japanese flag was pinned to the classroom wall, his initial reaction was to contact the Korean community.

So suddenly these events occur that the school board had little chance to issue a statement to explain the reason why the Japanese flag was on the wall of a classroom. The flag was subsequently removed.

The outcome of the discussions between the students, parents and school board will be interesting.

B. Nicholson, Langley

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