SCIENCE

No evidence 16th-century Korean naval hero wrote discriminatory quote

Updated on 22/11/2021 at 08:54

Social media posts share a quote disparaging the people of a province in South Korea alongside a claim that the words are taken from the 16th-century war diary of revered naval hero Admiral Yi Sun-sin. The claim is misleading; a historian and expert in Yi's chronicles said no such comments exist in the diary or in his official correspondence; the quote also does not appear in modern translations of the diary.