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World Envy of US

     Dan Wilhelmi, who is both Hoover's computer guru and a political sciences, comments on my account of the world image of the United States:
     "I don't disagree with any of your statements, but it is worth noting that every morning people around the world line up at U.S. Embassies to apply for visas. My wife is a South Korean citizen, and her stories indicate that U.S. visas (which the State Department rations sparingly to Koreans) are prized beyond what we can imagine. The Korean word for the U.S. is, phonetically, "Migook", which means "beautiful place".
     I am troubled by the income disparities in this country, but many would love to live in a nation where a piece of wood used to hit a ball would fetch $3 million."
     My comment: Dan is quite correct, and envy inspires much of the anti-American propaganda around the world. However, I take this occasion to question a report sent by David Crow that Fidel Castro, who is a left-handed baseball player, is anti-American because a U.S. team would not hire him. A recent documentary on Castro showed him playing baseball, and he is right-handed. Anti-Americanism in Cuba is in large measure envy, but it has deep historical roots.

Ronald Hilton - 01/23/99

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     Hoover's Dan Wilhelmi said the Korean word for "America" means "beautiful place" and interpreted it accordingly. Mark Salzwedel of the office of USC Professor Abraham Lowenthal comments:
     "I wouldn't read too much into the Korean word for America, "migook." It is taken from the Chinese, "meiguo," which also means "beautiful country." The tradition when Sinofying English names like "America" is to take a positive attribute that sounds phonetically similar (MEI and aMErica). So France is "faguo" because it starts with F, not because they are particularly brave."

Ronald Hilton - 01/25/99