March 1 is a date that I have learned to hold dear.
I did not grow up in Korea, reciting this date alongside many others for history exams. But born to Korean parents in a country across the ocean, I have learned to love a land I cannot always tread, and a people I cannot always understand.
It is with deep humility I recognise that many of you also want to love and understand a language, culture, and nation that is perhaps not so familiar to you.
Today, we celebrate a century since the 삼일 운동, or the March 1st Movement; a series of public demonstrations that began on March 1, 1919 by the Korean people as a display of resistance against Japanese rule.
Here is the Wikipedia article for it.
For further reading, try the Historical Context section of the White Paper Project I worked on last year…
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