Chinese Donor Gives W30 Million to Ahn Jung-geun Memorial

      August 04, 2009 07:17

      Jiang Xianyun

      A Chinese entrepreneur has donated W30 million to build a new memorial hall dedicated to Korean independence fighter Ahn Jung-geun. Jiang Xianyun (47), who runs a department store, logistics and distribution company and real estate development firm in Harbin, made the donation to the foundation set up in memory of Ahn after a delegation visited the city.

      Jiang, a Han Chinese from Wenzhou, said, "I have always had deep respect for Ahn, and when I heard the news of the new memorial hall dedicated to Ahn, I thought I wanted to make a contribution." Jiang is the head of the Harbin office of the Ahn Jung-geun foundation. "Because my grandfather also fought against Imperial Japan, I was very interested in Ahn. He is a hero who should be remembered not only by Koreans and Chinese but also by all people around the world."

      "Chinese people know Ahn and respect him because his assassination of Hirobumi Ito in 1909 triggered an anti-Japanese movement in China. My motivation for donation is pure, so I don't want my name to be publicized in Korea," he said.

      Jiang is the first Chinese to make a donation toward the memorial hall. Some Japanese who admire Ahn, including Makino Eiji, a professor at Hosei University, and Akio Komatsu, made donations last year.

      The new two-story hall is being built on total floor space of 3,799 sq.m in Namsan Park in central Seoul in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of his assassination of Ito. Of the total cost of W15 billion needed for the project, W13 billion is funded by the government, and the remaining W2 billion by private donations. So far, some 3,000 people have donated about W1.2 billion.

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