Today I celebrate 삼일절 (Samiljeol) the Anniversary of the March 1st Movement (삼일운동 “Samil-Undong”).
On March 1st 1919, The Korean Declaration of Independence was presented and read aloud in rejection to Colonial Rule from the Empire of Japan (Annexation signed in 1910); Leaders proudly bearing the 태극기🇰🇷(Taeguki) The Korean flag that had been banned under Japanese Rule.
Our forefathers announced their Independence and demands for a Democratic Country through peaceful, nonviolent protest (though often met with violent resistance). Through forced labor domestically and abroad, the forced sexual slavery that to this day is battling erasure from the Japanese Government, Tax and Land Reform shaping our country to feed Japan their rice, forced relinquishment of Korean Identity and culture, imprisonment and torture, among many atrocities faced under Japanese Rule; forcing thousands to flee to Manchuria, Shanghai, the US...while building a Provisional Government and gathering support.
Though Independence didn’t come until August 15th 1945, the March 1st Movement united the Korean People as a whole; young, old, rich, poor, men, women, students, children...even Koreans abroad in the US or even Mexico, all standing together as one in our fight.
“People all over the world have come to know the Korean spirit. At that time, Koreans lost their country and the provisional government was not even close to a functioning government. But Koreans were so patriotic that they preserved their nation in their hearts and were always conscious of the fact that they were Korean. They always had their homeland in their hearts.” -XIE Junmei- Professor-Huadong Teacher’s College
Source Material: [Arirang Special]1919-2019(The Centennial Anniversary of March 1st Independence Movement)
Arirang TV- Published Mar 1, 2019
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