by Devon Rowcliffe

The incentive for such a blacklist seems simple enough: to expose any major collaborators who still wield power in Korean society and to remove them from positions of authority, as well as to seek justice against those already deceased in the form of historical research.

Undoubtedly, many Koreans believe that past crimes must be avenged before the dark era of Japanese colonization can be effectively overcome. However, calls for an exhaustive collaborators' blacklist could prove simplistic, naive and possibly even dangerous.