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Actor Lee Sun-bin promotes female volunteer army in commemoration of Memorial Day

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Actor Lee Sun-bin / Courtesy of Initial Entertainment

Actor Lee Sun-bin / Courtesy of Initial Entertainment

By Dong Sun-hwa

Actress Lee Sun-bin and Seo Kyoung-duk, a professor at Sungshin Women's University and an activist promoting Korea, have joined forces to shed light on the female volunteer army during the Korean War (1950-53) in commemoration of the June 6 Memorial Day.

As part of a campaign to honor people who sacrificed themselves for their nation's defense, the two have collaborated to share an online post on social media introducing some 2,400 women who participated in the Korean War without receiving any compensation. According to the post, they not only engaged in combat activities, but also dedicated themselves to nursing and administration in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps.

"We produced this content to remember the noble sacrifice and dedication of the female volunteer army, marking the 74th anniversary of the founding of the women's army this year," Seo said.

Lee commented, "I am glad to have worked together on something meaningful on Memorial Day. I just hope many social media users can remember the female volunteer army."

Lee, whose real name is Lee Jin-kyung, made her acting debut with the 2016 drama, "Madame Antoine." Known for her role in the 2017 drama, "Missing 9," she rose to stardom with the 2021-22 web series, "Work Later, Drink Now."

Seo previously teamed up with actress Park Sol-mi, among others, to illuminate Korea's lesser-known heroes of national defense such as Yun Hui-sun (1860-1935) — also known as Yoon Hee-soon — a female freedom fighter who created and led the first all-woman righteous army in 1907 to resist Japanese colonial rule.

He has also been working with actress Song Hye-kyo to promote Korea worldwide, contributing guidebooks about Korea's heritage sites to different places including the Korean Cultural Center in Paris and Utoro Peace Memorial Museum in Japan — a neighborhood close to Kyoto where about 1,300 Koreans were forced to labor for Japan's military during World War II.

Dong Sun-hwa sunhwadong@koreatimes.co.kr


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