New York to Designate Day for Korean Independence Fighter

  • By O Youn-hee

    January 02, 2019 12:02

    To mark the centennial of the March 1 Movement against Japanese colonial rule in Korea, the state of New York will designate a memorial day for female independence fighter Yu Gwan-sun.

    The Korean American Association of Greater New York said Monday that the New York State Senate and Assembly will adopt a resolution designating a memorial day to commemorate her life, at a meeting on Jan. 14.

    One of the four sponsors, Ron Kim, is the only Korean-American state lawmaker.

    The association and the rest of Korean community in New York played an active role in proposing the resolution. New York State is home to many ethnic Koreans.

    The life of Yu was also sketched in the New York Times in March 2018, as part of a series on women who left indelible marks but were nonetheless overlooked. "When a call for peaceful protests in support of Korean independence came in spring 1919, a 16-year-old girl named [Yu] became the face of a nation's collective yearning for freedom," the daily wrote.

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