Development of Korean Communities in Northern Jiāndǎo in the 1910s and the March First Movement: Centered on the March Thirteenth Independence Demonstrations in the Lóngjǐng Region

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S/N Korean Humanities Vol.5 No.1 pp.57-80 ISSN : 2384-0668(Print)
ISSN : 2384-0692(Online)

Li Yongzhi
Yanbian University

Received December 30, 2018; Revised version received February 1, 2019; Accepted March 1, 2019


The peninsula-wide March First Movement in 1919 demonstrated the cohesiveness of the Korean people and served as the opening chapter to a new history; the entire peninsula was flooded with protests for independence, and shocked by their intensity, the Japanese colonial government engaged in indiscriminate suppression. The March First Movement propelled demonstrations to be held as well in Northern Jiāndǎo (“Puk-kando”), situated north of the Tumen River.Thousands of demonstrators gathered on March 13 in Lóngjǐng to read the Declaration of Independence as part of the demonstration. Although dozens of people were injured due to the suppression by the Chinese armed forces (seventeen were killed), numerous demonstrations (currently known are fifty-eight) took place throughout Northern Jiāndǎo. A frontier region, Northern Jiāndǎo was a unique cultural space wherein Koreans who crossed into this borderland formed their own communities; with active ethno-nationalist education and religious propaganda, the region served as a nexus of ethno-national and anti-Japanese consciousness. In addition, due to the frequent exchanges between the Korean peninsula and the Maritime Province, Lóngjǐng in particular served as the cradle of ethno-national independence movements.

Key Words : March Thirteenth Independence Demonstrations in Lóngjǐng, Kanmin Association, Independence Movement, Kim Yakyŏn, Declaration of Independence

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