An open letter from the Korean Zombie to GSP regarding him wearing Hayabusa’s “Rising Sun” gi (Imperial Japanese flag design) during his walk out at UFC 158, found on Chan Sung Jung’s Facebook:
“Hi, My name is Chan Sung Jung from South Korea. As one of many Koreans who like you as an incredible athlete, I feel like I should tell you that many Korean fans, including myself, were shocked to see you in your gi designed after the Japanese ‘Rising Sun Flag’. For Asians, this flag is a symbol of war crimes, much like the German Hakenkreuzflagge. Did you know that? I hope not.
Just like Nazis, the Japanese also committed atrocities under the name of ‘Militarism’. You can easily learn what they’ve done by googling (please do), although it’s only the tiny tip of an enormous iceberg.
Furthermore, the Japanese Government never gave a sincere apology, and still to this day, so many victims are dying in pain, heartbroken, without being compensated. But many westerners like to wear clothes designed after the symbol under which so many war crimes and so much tragedy happened, which is ridiculous.
I know most of them are not militarists. I know most of them do not approve unjustified invasion, torture, massacre, etc. They’re just ignorant. It’s such a shame that many westerners are not aware of this tragic fact. Wearing Rising Sun outfits is as bad as wearing clothes with the Nazi mark on it, if not worse.
Since you’re influenced by Japanese Martial Arts, your wearing a headband designed after Japanese flag is understandable. But again, that huge ‘Rising Sun’ on your Gi means something else.
Many people say GSP is the best Welterweight fighter throughout history, to which I totally agree. This means you have a great influence on every single fan of yours all around the world. And I do believe your wearing ‘the symbol of War Crime’ is a very bad example for them, not to mention for yourself.
So, what do you reckon? Do you want to wear the same Gi next time as well?”
– Chan Sung Jung
We here at Dynasty spoke about this on MMA forums in the past but not many people believed us. They thought we were making it up and that the flag was no different than any other country’s flag. It finally took a UFC superstar in the Korean Zombie to stand up and make a lot of people aware of the Imperial Japanese flag’s true meaning.
For those who need a history lesson, a short music video on The Rape of Nanking: “Truth Serum”
And a very eye opening short documentary on Japanese war crimes and atrocities in World War II: “Rising Shun”
We as Dynasty have seen plenty of these kinds of fetish, ignorant designs and symbols on many American clothing brands, and we feel sorry for those who have bought into it. That’s why we created Dynasty because we’re here to change things and bring authenticity to communities worldwide. When you buy a Dynasty item, you don’t have to worry about offending others, unless of course if they grow jealous of your style!