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2016 Kim Dae Jung Scholar's Prize for Contributions to Peace, Democracy and Human Rights at the Korean Peninsula

utilizing social routine as a prism to light up the oft-hidden background of 20th-century Korea, this e-book presents special research of significant uprisings that experience patterned the country’s politics and society. From the 1894 Tonghak rebellion in the course of the March 1, 1919, independence circulation and anti-Japanese resistance, a right away line is traced to the preferred competition to U.S. division of Korea after international warfare II. The overthrow of Syngman Rhee in 1960, resistance to Park Chung-hee, the 1980 Gwangju rebellion, in addition to pupil, hard work, and feminist events are all stated with consciousness to their financial and political contexts. this is often the 1st of 2 volumes that emphasizes the consequences of grassroots political hobbies in numerous nations of Asia.


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Seventy four to think about the incredible mobilization of 1000000 Koreans at the related day whereas holding it mystery from jap troops and officers is to gain the intense energy of Korean civil society. girls have been critical to Korean civil society’s lingering strength, and their management on March 1 used to be a public reveal. fashionable ladies leaders integrated Kim Maria, Hwang Ae-dok, Yi Song-wan, Chang Son-hi, Oh Sin-do, Park Hyun-suk, and Ahn Kyong-sin—all of whom have been jailed. The participation of ladies scholars used to be in particular remarkable, and so used to be that of many kisaeng (women entertainers, known as geisha in Japan), who refused even to talk to jap colonists after March 1. Forming a union, they committed themselves to standard different types of artwork. one of many movement’s teenage martyrs, Yu Kwan-sun, turned in particular popular. After the protests all started, she lower back to her place of origin, Chiryong in South Chuongchong Province. On April 2, she passed out Korean flags and publicly referred to as for independence. A 12 months later, at the uprising’s first anniversary, she back known as out for the country’s independence. For her outspoken efforts, she used to be arrested. in the course of her trial she refused to stay quiet, as a substitute throwing chairs on the judges and chanting “Mansei! ” She was once later tortured to dying. Yu’s physique used to be by no means recovered, even though her missionary institution claims to have stumbled on her in scattered items. One church stated that 2,656 of its participants (including 531 girls) have been arrested in 1919 for activities concerning Korean independence. What for a few used to be the “modernization” of police less than jap colonial rule—their effective blend and expansion—was a catastrophe for many Koreans. inside a 12 months after the rebellion, the variety of police stations rose from 151 to 251, that of substations within the comparable interval from 686 to 2,495. seventy five the level of eastern repression probably debated yet no longer its barbaric personality. there are lots of eyewitness debts. On April 15, 1919, the entire village citizens in Jeam-ri (near Suwon in Gyeonggi Province), together with not less than twenty-nine humans, have been rounded up within the church. With the doorways barred, the development was once set on fireplace, killing all of them. In fifteen different close by villages, greater than 317 homes have been burned—bringing the entire variety of killed to hundreds—possibly greater than one thousand. seventy six for almost a century, Japan denied that one of these Jeam-ri incident came about, yet in 2007, evidence of a bloodbath of civilians and its cover-up used to be present in the diary of the commander of jap army forces, Taro Utsunomiya, and released by way of jap newspaper Asahi Shimbun and the Korean paper, Hankyoreh Sinmun. seventy seven Like so much uprisings that don't grab keep an eye on of the govt., the March 1 flow resulted in elevated kingdom repression, however it additionally deeply affected many folks and prepared the ground for the subsequent steps within the movement’s evolution of types of association and contestation of strength. a number of weeks after March 1, a provisional govt of Korea used to be confirmed in Shanghai representing a large spectrum of political views; armed teams blossomed in Manchuria and fought a continual fight opposed to Japan; and kinds of cultural resistance intensified inside of Korea.

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