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Teaching “Our Side” and the “Other Side” in the Korean War (1950-1953)

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THE HARDEST THING FOR TEACHERS AND STUDENTS looking at war in history is to be evenhanded. The dominant narratives that we teach from American textbooks and that students learn from entertainment favor the stories of “our side” while largely ignoring the stories of those of the “other side.” This bias is just as evident in dominant Korean and Chinese narratives of the Korean War.