Ack. I knew Dokdo would ruin something for me. I just didn’t think the conference I was supposed to attend in Fukuoka would be relocated to Seoul over the territorial dispute.
My first, over-the-top reaction was to resentfully sneer and mutter darkly about how self-isolation is the perfect solution to every dispute, but Lime ‘s take on it was that it’s simply pre-emptive damage control, for, as she put it, some small number of netizens are sure to raise a stink if they hear that a Korean Studies conference is held in Japan during the current relapse of “Dokdo crisis”-itis.
Which reminds me, I have only 22 days to get my paper done, and I still need to check out a few articles I’ve been planning to look at. (And maybe won’t be able to access unless I visit a different University’s library over in Seoul.) I should be drafting by now, but ah well, it’s only 2500 words, and I have been researching a lot up until now.