New York State Honors Korean Independence Movement

      January 17, 2019 12:27

      The state of New York has decided to honor Korea's March 1 Independence Movement and female independence fighter Yu Gwan-sun to mark the centennial of the resistance against Japanese colonial rule in Korea.

      The state's Senate and Assembly on Tuesday adopted a resolution designating a memorial day for the movement in a unanimous vote.

      Minjoo Party lawmaker Park Young-sun (center) and Korean Americans celebrate in New York on Tuesday as the state legislature designates a day honoring Korea's March 1 Independence Movement. /Yonhap

      It was tabled by assemblymen Ron Kim, a Korean American, and Edward Brown and senators Toby Ann Stavisky and John Liu in the two houses. Despite attempts by Japan to throw a spanner in the works, the proponents insisted that the movement contributed to the promotion of human rights in the world. 

      In a statement, the state legislature commended Yu, who studied at what is now known as Ewha Girls' High School in Seoul, for her leadership and said she refused to betray her comrades even though she was tortured and her parents were killed by Japanese police.

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