|Song Hye-kyo, left, and Seo Kyong-duk. Korea Times file|
By Ko Dong-hwan
History-conscious Korean actress Song Hye-kyo continued to promote her country's dark past under Japanese occupation during the World War II, having recently donated 10,000 leaflets to an exhibition hall in Shanghai.
Song sponsored activist Seo Kyong-duk, a Sookmyung Women's University professor, in sending the material to Maehun Yun Bong-Gil Memorial Hall in the Chinese city. The venue features the patriotic acts of Yun Bong-gil, one of the most famous independent fighters who killed several high-ranking officers of the Imperial Japanese Army with a bomb disguised as a water bottle in Shanghai's Hongkew Park in 1932.
"In celebration of Memorial Day (June 6) that commemorates patriots, I, together with Song, began refilling insufficient stocks of leaflets we have distributed to heritage spots across the world that promote our patriots from the Japanese occupation era," Seo said on Facebook Thursday.
He said on Facebook that the Shanghai venue was the first target of the duo's "refill project." Keeping the leaflets stocked where and when the material ran out was more important than locating more places worldwide, the activist said online.
|Brochures prepared by Seo Kyong-duk to promote Korean patriotic activists and related campaigns within the Japanese colonial period during the World War II. Photo from Facebook|
The leaflets were made from high-quality eco-friendly papers "because they are for our patriots," Seo said. The text is in Korean and the language of the country where the leaflets are available.
Seo said "the collaboration of my planning and Song's sponsorship will continue."
The collaboration has so far distributed leaflets to 15 global venues, including the Memorial Hall of the Korean Provisional Government in Hangzhou in China, a Korean language school in the Japanese village of Utoro in Kyoto Prefecture and Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Family House in Los Angeles.
The refill project marks the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Korean Provisional Government in Shanghai, the first of eight provisional governments in China, this year.