The manhwa comic book “Far Countries, Near Countries”, which received international attention after its racist and anti-semitic content was translated by Joe Mondello and posted on his blog, is back in the news after being featured in a US State Department report on global anti-semitism.
The US Department of State has chosen Deokseong Women’s University professor Rhie Won-bok’s manhwa book “Far Countries, Near Countries” (먼나라 이웃나라) as a representative example of global anti-semitism.
In the Department’s recent report “Contemporary Global Anti-Semitism” (세계의 반(反)유대주의) two scenes from the book are presented as showing Jews engaged in global conspiracy plotting.
The book, created to make it easy to learn about world history and cultures, has sold over 10 million copies in Korea as a best-selling children’s educational book.
The report says of the book that, “it depicts Jews as engaged in various conspiracies including controlling the American media, profiting from wars, and causing the 9/11 terror attacks.”
For concrete examples the report uses a scene where newspapers, magazines, TVs and radios are emblazoned with the Star of David, which is a symbol of Judaism, and explains that, “in sum the American media belongs to the Jews, and their voice is supreme.”
Another scene in the report shows a man walking up a path on a hill with a Star of David above him and the word STOP written next to it on bricks blocking his path, with the caption, “in the end however far you go, you always are stopped by the Wall of the Jews.”
The report noted that sales of the book were halted last March and that the author, after recognizing his “error”, said, “I will write a letter taking responsibility.”
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