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‘This physical pain does not compare to the pain of losing my nation’: How 2 schoolgirls helped fight for Korean independence

  • Two million Koreans took to the streets from March 1 to April in 1919 to protest Japanese colonial rule. By the end, over 7,500 people had died, 15,000 people had been injured and over 45,000 people had been arrested.
  • The protests were nonviolent and included participants as young as 12, many of them schoolchildren who handed out pamphlets to spread the news.
  • One of the most famous figures of the movement was 17-year-old schoolgirl Yu Gwan-sun; however, lesser known is her cousin, Yu Yeh Do, who smuggled a copy of Korea’s Declaration of Independence to their hometown alongside her cousin.
  • Yu Yeh Do escaped prison after being captured by the Japanese police, but she went into hiding for a decade until her marriage.
  • Yu Yeh Do did not speak publicly about her role in the independence movement until 1979 out of guilt over the deaths of her cousin, uncle and aunt.

March 1 marks the 103rd anniversary of the start of the Korean Independence Movement and commemorates the 2 million Koreans who took to the streets to protest the brutality of Japanese colonial rule. 

The Korean Independence Movement protests, also known as “Sam-il,” meaning three-one, began March 1 and lasted through April, with an estimated 2 million people participating – an impressive number considering the country had a total population of 20 million at the time. Due to rapid industrialization under Japanese colonial rule, Korea became heavily influenced by many Western ideals, and the call for independence was in part inspired by President Woodrow Wilson’s speech on a nation’s right to “self-determination.”

Taiwanese billionaire says he opposes island’s independence after China fines his company $74 million

Taiwanese billionaire opposes island’s independence after China fines his company $74 million

A Taiwanese business mogul has voiced opposition to Taiwan’s independence from China after Beijing fined his company as an alleged warning for firms to take its side on the issue of sovereignty.

What he said: In an opinion piece for the local United Daily News, Douglas Hsu, who chairs the Taipei-based Far Eastern Group, said he favors “maintaining the status quo,” like most Taiwanese. He expressed support for the “One-China” principle and opposed the idea of Taiwanese independence.

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