Sunday, February 10, 2013

Freedom Korea - History Part 1

Map of an ancient Korea
A.C. 476
     Korea always had the threat of invasion from Japan and China and was greatly influenced by China's suppression, a super power of Asia. While Korean peninsula alone was divided into few nations for a very long time while managing fragile alliance or went into war with each other. China practically saw Korea as vermin and didn't bothered with Korea much beside never giving a chance for Korea to overpower China, while whenever Japanese saw any opportunity of Korean's weaknesses they sailed across the sea attempting invasions for land and resources. Korea had fend their multiple invasions for ages. And in time powers were balanced and cycle of peace and war went on for thousands of years. 

     But just a little more than a century ago, Japanese's westernized technological advancement, while some Korean's arrogance closed down the intervention from Western countries and having traitors in the mist who took their side with Japan turned the tide of the power and Korea was nearly defenseless against such forces. Korea was defeated, culture and it's people decimated, and the ones who survived submitted to Japanese law and were humiliated. For half a century, Korea was conquered. Western still visited Korea at the time, for luxury or adventurous, whoever is so fascinated by this primitive culture. Some of them saw some of what was happening in Korea. But when Korea called for help, no one came. Korea were primitive without benefit that has conquered by a rightful power yet was another primitive culture but with trade benefits. No one bothered to engage with conflicts in Korea.
Yoo Kwan Soon (Yu Gwan-Sun)
March 2, 1902 - October 12, 1920
One of most well known Korean independence fighter.
She protested Korean independence even during
her sentence in Japanese prison until she died
during the torture at her age 18 in 1920.
     Korean had their own fighters from secret organizations at the time of distress. However, the struggle for liberation never really properly occupied, for either Japanese's plan of suppression were thorough or Korean never stood up enough for liberty while good people who fighting for it kept dying. Too many good fighters were sacrificed, dying through tortures resisting temptations and saving fellow countrymen, so that others who's still out there could have enough chance to plan some of the final moves that may have raised Korea for their own liberation and take back the country.
     Some say in the occurrence of this event the history of Korea may have been changed entirely.
     But alas, there was an intervention. There was another foreign country already acquired freedom and power. With their near victory of a cold and brutal world wide conflict they were fighting for years, they were driving all alliances of Nazi out of the way back into their own countries, and that included Japan. Hiroshima was only a few months before Korean fighters making their major move for liberation. That idea never came to happen. Instead, as strategically driving Japan away from main continent including China and Korea, United States unintentionally liberated Korea.

     Korea was freed from Japan. But most of them never had to fought for it. Some of them still hid behind the pile of money Japanese gave them and continuing their prosperity, the traitors. Fighters still fought for what they believed in, realizing Japanese's influence hasn't complete left Korea. But while celebrating and without desperate motivation, their idea sounded hallow. And ex-Japanese supporters had the money, and ones who've been hiding well enough even had the power of speech and governing. They started rebuilding the country with themselves in the center of everything. Lot of thugs were involved. Military followed orders of ones with the power.

     It was a change of management. And with people buried in hunger and poverty, hardly anybody was inspired enough to free themselves from another shady history.

Kim Gu (Beak Beom)
August 26, 1876 - June 26, 1949
Politician, educator, nationalist and a leader of Korea independence movement.
This note describes his top three lifetime wishes.
All three of them are independence of Korea.



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