Yi, like many Korean writers, adopts this style in most of his writings, a fact that makes it very easy for his readers to come to terms with the various issues raised therein. In his book the Eastern Sentiments, Yi’s ideas can be described as a man drumming praise on his own self and nation and praising the good that is borne therein. The book is rather patriotic and upholds the good of Korean in a very descriptive and valuable way which impresses everyone who comes into close contact with the same.The level of patriotism and love for one’s own nation which surpasses that of the colonialists only fascinates the rest of the world but impresses the rest f good reading folk. It was very hard for the Korean to have written a glorification note to his country, in a format common with memoirs, amidst the harsh memories of the times when the nation was undergoing tremendous troubles of colonialism under the fierce Japanese rule. Some scholars have argued that Yi, T’aejun’s work was a major inspiration to the Koreans amidst the tribulations they underwent. It is a signifier to the success they had gained in attaining their current freedom and economic development that have seen their great value and influence in the global brink. It is a show off to the goods that lay unseen to many at a time of anguish and subjectivity based on rationalism and debut of the Japanese harsh rule over the Korean inhabitants.Like Martin Luther’s ‘I have a dream’ speech that stimulated the spirit of togetherness and imparted the hope to the hopeless black Americans at the time when they were undergoing the greatest sufferings of their lives. When they faced great discrimination and persecution from their white colonialists- as colleagues with whom they lived in the same nation, Yi, Taejuns message to the people of Korean was strong and adorable (Pollock).
Eastern Sentiments by Yi Taejun