by Tony Chai | Chief Editor | Asiaindallas.com
Korean-American community of North Texas celebrated 74th anniversary of 8·15 Independence Day.
8·15 Independence Day marks the restoration of Korean national independence that was lost for 36 years under the Japanese rule.
Korean Society of Dallas and Korean National Unification Advisory Council Dallas Chapter co-hosted the ceremony in Dallas Thursday, August 15th, while the Korean Society of Fort Worth held its own ceremony in Fort Worth.
KSD held its celebration at the Korean Culture Center of Dallas. In attendance were Head Mission Sung Lae Hong of Consular Office of Republic of Korea in Dallas, Suk-Chan Yu of Korean National Unification Advisory Council Dallas Chapter, along with over 100 Korean-American community leaders.
Sung Lae Hong delivered the congratulatory address on behalf of South Korean President Moon Jae In.
In his address, President Moon offered an olive branch to Japan to end an ongoing trade dispute Thursday, saying Seoul will “gladly join hands” if Tokyo wants to talk, ABC News reports.
President Moon’s speech at a ceremony marking the 74th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule at the end of World War II came amid heightened public anger and diplomatic fallout over Tokyo’s recent moves to impose trade curbs on South Korea.
Seoul has accused Tokyo of weaponizing trade to target its export-dependent economy and retaliate against South Korean court rulings calling for Japanese companies to offer reparations to South Koreans forced into labor during World War II.
Tokyo’s measures struck a nerve in South Korea, where many still harbor resentment over Japan’s ruthless colonial rule from 1910 to 1945.
Korean-American community leaders of Dallas also called on the Japanese government to immediately stop the economic retaliation against South Korea.
Suk-Chan Yu, who is considered to be one of most influential Korean-American community leaders of Dallas, held a news conference last Tuesday, August 6th to call on Abe administration to end its ‘economic attack’ on South Korea.
While there is a nationwide ‘No No Japan’ boycott movement in South Korea, Korean-Americans of North Texas seem to be more cautious about carrying out similar actions here in North Texas. There have been no known reports of Korean-Americans boycotting Japanese products in groups, while there may be some Korean-Americans boycotting Japanese products on an individual basis.
Source: ABC News
▲ Attendees at the 8·15 Independence Day celebration are shouting ‘Mahn-Sae’, which roughly translates into ‘Long live Korean independence!’ Mahn-Sae shouting was used by the Korean in their independence movement efforts during the Japanese ruling.
▲ Sung Lae Hong, Head Mission with the Consular Office of Republic of Korea in Dallas, is delivering South Korean President Moon Jae In’s congratulatory address at the 74th 8·15 Independence Day ceremony held in Dallas.
▲ Suk-Chan Yu, president of Korean National Unification Advisory Council Dallas Chapter, is addressing the attendees at the 74th 8·15 Independence Day celebration Thursday, August 15th.
▲ The celebration was wrapped with attendees singing the 8·15 Independence Day Song.