Notes: I think the family may have provided an older photo of themselves, because the children look much younger than their stated ages. Left-to-right: father Han Sun-deok (43), son Beon-yeong (5), daughter Hyeong (8), son Michio (18), son Gye-yung (10), mother Go Jung-og (38). Unlike another pro-Imperial Japan Korean family which was featured in this newspaper, this one appears to have given most of their children Korean names.
The father worked at the Seoul branch of the Oriental Development Company (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oriental_Development_Company), which was a national enterprise of Imperial Japan spearheading the colonial exploitation of Korea, and was at one point the largest landlord of Korea. Today, the headquarters of Hana Bank stands where the father’s workplace used to be located.
Gyeongseong Ilbo (Keijo Nippo) May 14, 1942
The Unification of Korea and Japan Starts with the Japanese Language
Praise from Sumi Nishihara:
“The soft touch of the Japanese language cannot be tasted in the Korean language”
Located at 353 Sindang-dong, the home of Yasuhiro Nishihara (43), formerly known as Han Sun-deok, who has been working at the Seoul branch of the Oriental Development Company for 20 years, is also a home of the delightful Japanese language. His wife Sumi (38), formerly known as Go Jung-og, is a graduate of Seoul No. 1 Girls’ High School, so she must have a good command of the Japanese language. Her four children are all regular users of the Japanese language, in accordance with their surrounding environment. Their second son, Gye-yung (10), who attends Sakuragaoka National School (OP note: present-day Seoul Cheonggu Elementary School), does not know Korean at all. He is sometimes scolded by his mother Sumi for learning broken Korean at school, which is no laughing matter.
They use the Japanese language in their lives to such an extent that neighbors think the family is strange and ask themselves, “Are they really Korean?” When I visited their home, the husband Yasuhiro was not home, and the wife Sumi greeted me instead, dressed in her Korean clothes.
“It’s a way of utilizing waste,” she said. “My children scold me for wearing it, but I think I’ll wear it while I still have it,” she explained away without any shame.
“My husband and I got married eighteen years ago, so our eldest son Michio is now eighteen years old. Since then, my husband has stopped using Korean at all, and I thought it was a good thing. Now it has come to the point where we find it annoying to be spoken to in Korean. My husband, for example, always points to his children and says with joy that they will never have to learn Korean for the rest of their lives. But the trouble is, when my mother-in-law comes to visit, the children cannot communicate with their grandmother who fills them with nostalgia, so I have to translate for them. It’s a little funny to translate for them while the children ask me, ‘What did grandmother just say?’ But their grandmother lives in her hometown, Kaesong, and she only comes to Seoul from time to time, so she does not have influence on the children.”
When I asked her what motivated her to switch from Korean to the Japanese language, she answered clearly, “The Japanese language has a kindness that cannot be expressed in Korean. In particular, the language associated with women is unique, and that soft femininity is not found in the Korean language. That is why I believe that the Japanese language should be used by the superior people of the nation. As you can see, my daughter Hyeong (8) and my third son Beon-yeong (5) are playing with the children of the neighborhood, but do you know which ones are my children?”
I see! This is a form of thorough Japanization that goes beyond just regularly using, loving, and exclusively using the Japanese language. The slogan “The Unification of Korea and Japan Starts with the Japanese language” is completely unnecessary in this family. (Photo: the Nishihara family)
Reddit Post: (3) In 1942, one pro-Imperial Japan Korean family went to great lengths to force Japanese on their children, scolding a son for informally learning some basic Korean at school, making sure their Korean-speaking grandmother visiting them in Seoul from Kaesong did not influence them too much : korea (reddit.com)
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