Yoo Gwan Sun was a young Korean revolutionary during the March 1st uprising against the brutal Japanese occupation. As a high school student she worked with her family and fellow activists to organize a demonstration in the rural village she was born in–Japanese officers murdered her parents during the protest and arrested her. She was sentenced to seven years in prison but continued to protest and soon died from injuries at the age of sixteen due to the constant harsh beatings and cruel forms of torture she received for her defiance. Above you can see a photo of her as well as her final words which are translate below:
“Even if my fingernails are torn out, my nose and ears are ripped apart, and my legs and arms are crushed, this physical pain does not compare to the pain of losing my nation. My only remorse is not being able to do more than dedicating my life to my country.”
so i’ve been around on the studyblr-sphere for a while as tinyequations and tiniesteconomist, but i’ve given my blog a bit of a revamp seeing as i never really stuck around before and i’m determined to make this work and actually make friends here, so i just wanted to properly introduce myself!
about me: my name is dei and i’m 19 years old, living in central london during term time and going into my first year at birkbeck, university of london where i’ll be studying economics. also im a slytherin!! academic past: as my a-level grades weren’t stunning due to mental health complications and family issues, i ended up at london metropolitan university (business economics). having got a 80% in my first year there, i have decided to transfer universities to birkbeck. why did i start a studyblr?: i want to track my progress while in university and help me independently learn korean, as well as share advice when things don’t go so smoothly in school! i also like seeing pretty stationary. interests: as you can see, i love haikyuu and my boy hinata! i also very much love yuri on ice and tokyo ghoul to name just two of my favourite animes. i like reading manhwas and comics when i have the time, but i’m surprisingly not that big into fictional books nowadays. i’m super into art so when i’m not complaining about inflation and capitalism, i’m drawing. i can’t really sum all my interests so you’re better off being my friend and finding out that way instead!!! OH AND I ALSO MIN YOONGI AND JEON JEONGGUK!!!! also i’m horrible at volleyball
August 15th (8월 15일) is one of the most significant dates in Korean history. On this day over 70 years ago, Japan surrendered to the Allied forces marking an end to World War II, and the end of 35 years of harsh Japanese imperial colonization and occupation over Korea. During the period of colonization, many Koreans faced vast limitations on their culture, language, and history imposed by Japanese provincial governments that destroyed/removed artifacts, banned Korean culture and customs, and imposed laws that rendered Koreans as second class citizens in their own nation. “Gwang Bok Jeol”, or “The Day the Light Returned” is a national Korean holiday that commemorates Korea’s emancipation from foreign rule, the reestablishment of cultural and linguistic independence, and the recovery of freedom.
[Customs and Traditions]~
Today, August 15th is a holiday where families get together for a nice meal and an evening watching fireworks. Tae Guk Kis are flown from many homes and buildings, and there is a lot of festivity and fanfare. In effect, Korea’s August 15th is very much similar to July 4th celebrated in the United States.
[Korea and Japan Today]~
Despite the passage of many decades since the end of World War II and Japanese occupation, political tension remains high between the two nations (as well as by other Asian nations affected by Imperial Japan). Political/Governmental fumbles revive old wounds and continue to create new ones, but there is hope that the two nations will one day be more at peace with one another and come to a settlement that satisfies both parties.
[Korean Independence Day Vocabulary!]~
독립 (dok rib) independence
자유 (ja yoo) freedom
해방 (hae bang) emancipation
유리 (yoo ri) liberation
태국기 (tae guk gi) South Korea’s flag
(gwang bok jeol)
Korean Independence Day
Hope this helps and happy studying! Stay safe everyone!~
8월 15일은 광복절입니다. August 15th is Korean Independence Day.
Korean Independence Day is called 광복절(gwang bok jeol) in Korean, which commemorates the liberation of Korea from 35 years of Japanese colonization in 1945. 광복 (gwangbok) means ‘the restoration of light’ and 절 (jeol) means ‘a period, time’. Gwangbokjeol was officially designated as a public holiday in 1949, and is one of public holidays in South Korea, which is celebrated annually on August 15
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Spa Night / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Andrew Ahn) — A young Korean-American man works to reconcile his obligations to his struggling immigrant family with his burgeoning sexual desires in the underground world of gay hookups at Korean spas in Los Angeles.
I was scouted through my Tumblr to audition for the lead in this film two Februaries ago and after an extensive year-long audition process, I luckily ended up an Art Director. To art direct a Sundance-selected indie was a college dream I didn’t know I’d accomplish so soon, and the fact that it’s an American film that showcases LGBT people of color made it that much more important. It shot over the month of June and the work was rewarding but grueling–I might have showered a total of maybe 6 or 7 times that month. I’m art directing one more short film, but I learned through this whole almost-serendipitous experience that I need a career change. I truly believe in the power of speaking things into existence so I’m saying this now, I will gain visibility as a storyteller through screenwriting and acting so that further down the line, I can use my platform and network to open an agency that solely represents LGBT/ethnic minority actors and screenwriters in an effort to diversify the film industry. That is the contribution I want to make in the world.
“ i need noona love— “ the words were barely understood through the food he was chewing as he spoke. a needy expression made his brows furrow as he nearly pouted. matt was such a sucker for confident strong-minded women slightly older than him. “ noonaaaaaa– “ he nearly yelled with exaggerated desperation toward his female friend.
“How does it feel to play the role of a Japanese police officer in the reenactment of the March First Independence Movement of 1919?” “My feeling is….dirty. During the event, I was beaten with Korean flags a lot.“
“3.1 운동 재연 행사에서 일본경찰 역할을 하는 기분이 어떤가요?” “기분이… 더러워요. 행사 중간에 태극기로 엄청 맞았어요.”
On this day in 1895, Queen Min was assassinated in the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul, Korea, aged forty-three. Born in 1851 into a noble family but orphaned at a young age, she married King Gojong of the Joseon dynasty when she was sixteen. Queen Min defied the traditional roles expected of female royalty, proving herself a keen intellect and reading widely in history, politics, philosophy, and science. Her advanced studies led her husband’s father - Yi Ha-eung, the Daewongun, who ruled Korea as regent - to turn against her and try to limit her power. Min’s influence only grew, and, after convincing her husband to oust his father and rule in his own right, wielded significant power in the Korean court. King Gojong, however, proved an ineffective ruler, causing a diplomatic rift with Japan which led to Korea signing an unequal treaty, surrendering control of key ports and granting Japanese citizens immunity to Korean laws. Queen Min desperately sought to preserve Korean sovereignty, seeking help from western powers and reorganising the military. Her reforms caused discontent in the ranks, and an 1882 rebellion ousted Gojong and Min in favour of the Daewongun. However, their Chinese allies sent troops to march on Seoul and arrest the Daewongun, allowing Min and Gojong to return to power. While they were restored to the throne and Min was able to enact a series of modernising reforms, Japanese influence in Korea continued grow, especially following their victory in the first Sino-Japanese War. The Japanese, concerned by Min’s resistance to their expansionist efforts and her alliance with Russia, planned to assassinate the queen. On the morning of October 8th 1895, fifty Japanese and Korean assassins infiltrated the palace, seizing King Gojong and locating Queen Min. They subjected the Queen and her attendants to brutal violence and sexual assault, killing Queen Min and burning her corpse in a nearby forest. Upon King Gojong’s return from exile, he ordered an extensive search for his late wife’s remains. While they only discovered a single finger bone, Gojong held a formal funeral to celebrate Queen Min, bestowing upon her the posthumous title of Empress Myeongseong. Queen Min has since been celebrated for her defiance of gender norms, and dedicated efforts to preserve Korean independence.