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On Friday, November 1, 2002, at 12:10 , H. S. Teoh wrote:

> Consider what the first Korean king did: he devised a distinct writing
> system, different from Chinese, so that his people would have a sense of
> difference with the Chinese, and have something they can identify as their
> own. Some have said that if it weren't for this, he might have eventually
> lost much of his kingdom to the Chinese, since his people would not have
> felt differentiated from them.
>
*puzzled look*  Sejong was hardly the first Korean king, unless you're
referring to some different king?  (He's the one who devised the Korean
alphabet.)

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The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ
Moves on; nor all your Piety nor Wit
Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
Nor all your Tears wash out a Word of it.
--Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam