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Chan Sung Jung Explains to Georges St. Pierre Why His Rising Sun Gi Is Offensive to Asian Fans on Facebook

The Rising Sun Flag – war flag of the Imperial Japanese Army - is considered offensive to many Asian fans.

I’ll be honest: Like many Westerners, I had absolutely no idea until today that the above flag is considered offensive. From seeing it displayed on t-shirts and white people’s “Japanese” tattoos, I’d become so used to seeing it that I never actually questioned what it meant. As it turns out, that flag is still considered very offensive in countries that were victims of Japanese war crimes, the same way that the Rebel Flag is offensive to many people in the United States.

So when Georges St. Pierre walked to the cage at UFC 158 wearing a gi depicting the Rising Sun Flag, I was completely indifferent towards it. I saw it as yet another tribute to Japan from the Shidokan Karate blackbelt, and thought nothing else of it.

Earlier today, UFC featherweight contender Chan Sung Jung took to his Facebook page to explain to GSP that his walkout attire was offensive to many Asian fans and urged him not to wear the design anymore. The Korean Zombie’s post makes for a very interesting read, especially if you’re unfamiliar with the history behind the flag. In his own words:

Dear Mr. Georges St. Pierre

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?

For the record, I recommend not reading most of the follow-up comments his Facebook post generated – unless you want to feel terrible about humanity today.

It’s worth reiterating how unlikely it is that either Georges St. Pierre or the designers at Hayabusa (or One More Round, for that matter) knew that the design was offensive, so let’s not turn this into Hoelzer Reich part two. That being said, do you think Georges St. Pierre should stop wearing the Rising Sun gi, or is this a case of fans being too easily offended? Please keep it civil, guys.


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Fried Taco- March 28, 2013 at 9:21 am
????? ????
I'm in favor of the players look Jeong (Translated by Bing)
lalalala- March 26, 2013 at 8:48 pm
*sigh* This isn't about being easily offended or not.

History lesson 101 guys. The holocaust was a systematic extermination of the Jewish population through the means of mobilized technology and medicalization. Besides the sheer number of dead, the issue was how medical, how logistical, how systematic it was that made the holocaust, the holocaust we know of now.

Two. The history of comfort women (systematic gang rape, some hundreds at a time), medical eugenics and experimentation are another aspect of the Japanese war effort that was viciously and systematically put in place. This is in addition to your regular killing, torture, colonialization, rape, massacres, etc. This may not have been the numbers of the holocaust (as if you needed those numbers to somehow justify how crazy or traumatic a situation is?!) ... but the process was expansive, extensive, and fiercely implemented. This includes obviously many Koreans, Chinese, Vietnamese, Filipinos, Malay, etc.

To say that someone gets 'easily offended', is like saying 'get over it' to people who just came out of a war. You defend the troops? Then, you don't say that kind of shit. It's the same side of the coin. That kind of trauma isn't easily erased, nor should it be.

Of course, it's contentious, there are many points that are political and complicated, but the general strokes? Yeah, it was horrifying and many countries were built from those 'legacies'. You can say the Korean Zombie is being sensitive after you think about that for a while and wonder how you'd feel if you grew up with that legacy. Oh wait?! Slavery might be one example.....

Why was it never brought up? Oh I don't know.. maybe cause 2nd asian americans/canadians never get taught this history since well, you're educated in the US/Canada? Or maybe cause history is kinda 'eurocentric' here? Or maybe cause drunken UFC fans watching fighting are not the most reasonable individuals at times? *sigh*

So, yeah. Anyone who can't realize this, well... I suggest you do a bit of googling. Otherwise, if you think this is 'sensitive', you can kinda go fuck yourself cause there's no point.

Deal_the_Seal- March 25, 2013 at 7:35 pm
The German equivalent of the Japanese war flag is the Reichskriegsflagge not the Hakenkreuzflagge. I mean, come on, du-uh.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 25, 2013 at 6:20 pm
Get me another beer, Dragon Lady! This one's running on empty.
2Dogs- March 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm
ok,all i was saying is this, if itoffends someone cut it out...seriously religeon, politics etc...are no p[lace here...this is very simple
2Dogs- March 25, 2013 at 2:35 pm
@Japanadian are you saying that the tuskeggee experiment was better than what I was talking about? Check your head...none was better...did you even think before you typed? My point was clearly if something offends someone, why argue.
Amjur- March 25, 2013 at 10:49 am
Just so we're clear, if George were to switch to the 'standard" civil and state flag of Japan (big red dot on white background) then KZ would be cool with it, right?
SethF- March 25, 2013 at 11:22 am
That's how it looks to me.
shatterproof- March 25, 2013 at 8:16 am
Japanadian - that's some find reading work, Lou.
RearNakedSpoon- March 25, 2013 at 6:54 am
I have my own personal reasons for not liking that symbol. E. Honda's level was the most annoying one in all of Street Fighter 2.
ricksonbyarmbar- March 25, 2013 at 5:52 am
I bet he used the wifi in the casino to post this.Booyah
El Famous Burrito- March 25, 2013 at 5:13 am
Besides, there wouldn't even be a South Korea if it wasn't for the brave men of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, who bravely crossed the Straits of Gibraltar on what was to be known as J-V Day, landing on the beaches of Hong Kong to defeat the evil Shredder.

How about a little gratitude, Chang?
Japanadian- March 25, 2013 at 4:33 am
well i'm japanese and i don't find it offensive.... offensive to asians my ass.
@2dogs. cause the Tuskegee experiment by the americans was way better right?
nick diaz and the dub sack- March 25, 2013 at 8:09 am
How does one atrocity justify another? Perhaps you don't find it offensive because it wasn't your people being tortured. Would you think it was ok for Americans to go around wearing shirts celebrating the internment camps that Asians were housed in during WW2?
dranokills- March 25, 2013 at 8:29 am
I sure would buy a t-shirt celebrating that.
nick diaz and the dub sack- March 25, 2013 at 2:19 pm
Well yes you probably would but you're a fucking retard
dranokills- March 25, 2013 at 4:53 pm
its to bad you are an uptight cunt. I feel for ya.
smellypiratehooker- March 25, 2013 at 8:45 am
Give this man his internment camp t-shirt.
Clyde- March 25, 2013 at 4:33 am
Funnily enough, Gerorges only started wearing the rising sun after David Loiseua pointed out that Geroges KKK outfit could be considered offensive to some people.

But yeah, I'm sure this will be the last we see of the rising sun gi. Georges is too bland to continue to cause any controversy.
2Dogs- March 25, 2013 at 3:26 am
I totally agree with Chan Sung Jung, its basically offending people so why wear something that is offending? The Japanese WW2 war machine used to strap civilians to planks and detonate grenades in front of them and then ...then...try their best to heal them t5o train medical personnel. Although this would've made some significant medical advances ,I sure as heck wouldnt want to be a test subject. I think Georges is a gentleman and he will comply to this output.
dranokills- March 25, 2013 at 8:27 am
GSP wont even know this zipperhead even exists. get real.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 25, 2013 at 2:09 am
Yeah? I blow a hole in your face and then I go in the house... and I sleep like a baby. You can count on that. We used to stack gooks like you five feet high in Korea... use ya for sandbags.
nick diaz and the dub sack- March 25, 2013 at 8:04 am
Oh did you? You stacked gooks? Actually, I'm pretty confident you never did anything other than type on a keyboard in between wank sessions, internet tough guy. And just to educate you with a tiny bit of info that's kind of important to keep in mind when making a fool of yourself while referencing the Korean war, Chan Sung Jung is South Korean and the US and South Korea were on the SAME SIDE. Fucking idiot.
Mr_Misanthropy- March 25, 2013 at 6:16 pm
I'm no hero. I was just trying to get that babbling gook off my lawn!
smellypiratehooker- March 25, 2013 at 8:50 am
Hey fuckstick, he's quoting a movie which semi applies, in a sarcasticly racist sorta way. Find a differant site if we play around to rough for you ok sweetie.
nick diaz and the dub sack- March 25, 2013 at 2:22 pm
Oh yes, racism is cool as long as he's paraphrasing a movie to be racist. Little puss
dranokills- March 25, 2013 at 8:26 am
unclench those ass cheeks mr anal retentive, I am pretty sure he was just trollin ya.
dranokills- March 24, 2013 at 9:36 pm
why, after all these years does ONE korean just NOW speak out?
Why to sell everyone some wolf tickets....of course.
boo hoo chang hung low, moving along now.
holeeball- March 24, 2013 at 9:34 pm
I'm sorry to break it to some of you but... you can do whatever it is you feel like and no one will give a single fuck so just go wild bros.
GSP OTOH is just much too classy for that and bears great responsibility unlike you lot, it appears.
Willa Ford- March 24, 2013 at 8:52 pm
Bro, do you even listen to UFC media calls? Everyone knows GSP don't use social media.
pookie- March 24, 2013 at 8:41 pm
Most national symbols can be tied to some form of resentment or another, but they are not really comparable to the Hakenkreuzflagge. They have a deeper meaning outside the source of resentment.

The Hakenkreuzflagge does not have a deeper meaning. It was only used as a symbol for the Nazi's, with no history in Germany prior to the rise of Nazism, or after its fall. Its only meaning is that of hatred and murder.

The Rising Sun Flag is more comparable to the Hammer and Sickle of the USSR. Offensive to some, and potentially the source of pride to others. It is not comparable to walking into the cage with a swastika on your back.
HomeSchooled- March 24, 2013 at 9:08 pm
get tied to a taco truck and get buttfucked
dranokills- March 24, 2013 at 9:39 pm
buttfucked? for real? man you sure do feel strongly about all this.
are you against his words, or do you just like the stinkeye?
El Famous Burrito- March 24, 2013 at 8:25 pm
I thought the Rising Sun flag was just the Japanese version of Lynyrd Skynyrd
Pen Fifteen- March 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm
I'd be nice if some fighter from Afghanistan or Pakistan would point out the same thing in relation the garishly applied American flags on what seems like 90% of MMA apparel.
Hill-Billy- March 24, 2013 at 7:29 pm
So does this mean I can't wear

a T-shirt with the Imperial cog on it because wookies and ewoks might get offended? What about the Christian Cross under which much unrepentant torture, slavery, and wrongful death have occurred throughout the world?

Let the mud-slinging begin!
DARKHORSE06- March 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm
The Zombie is 100% correct and of course GSP didn't know. GSP tell him your sorry and lets move forward.