Chapter

Cartroversies

in Korea

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780226753645
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226753669 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226753669.003.0008
Cartroversies

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This chapter discusses three recent “cartroversies”—debates and tensions in cartographic representation. The first refers to a cartographic silence and confusion regarding Korea's division into North and South. Many contemporary Korean maps do not show the border. Korea is presented as one country with no international border and only one capital, Seoul. It is as if the division into North and South had never occurred or the reunification of the peninsula were a contemporary fact. The second cartroversy involves the designation of the body of water to the east of Korea. In different maps the sea has been referred to as either the East Sea or Sea of Japan. The third cartroversy is the representation of Dokdo on maps. The island is administered by South Korea but claimed by Japan.

Keywords: Korea; cartography; mapping; Dokdo; East Sea; Sea of Japan; Korean maps

Chapter.  5086 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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