Oceania informed of Korean independence movement 100 years ago

The organisation has initiated the research to mark the centennial of the March 1 Independence Movement, to trace back the region’s any reactions to or awareness of Korea rising up against Japanese colonial rule,

Surprisingly, the regional newspapers such as Border Morning Mall and Riverina Times(1903-1920) in Albury NSW, Daily Observer(1917-1920) in Tamworth, the Maitland Daily Mercury(1834-1939) and the Auckland Star(1870-1945) in New Zealand were the very first media outlets to herald the tipping point towards the Korean independence from Japanese annihilation.


The first reports on the historic movement were heralded on 15 March.

Following them, most of the mainstream papers around the nation including the Sydney Morning Herald, the AGE and the Daily Telegraph covered the Korea’s historic event with the slightly different angles on the movement.

The article on the Korean indendence movement published in the Daily Observer on 15 March 1919.

Some newspapers described the Korea’s nationwide upheaval as ‘disturbance, unrest, trouble, agitation, disorder, riot, revolt, rising’, meanwhile most used the term of ‘Korea’s independence movement against Japanese rule.

The Auckland Star in New Zealand also published an article on the Korean independence movement in its edition on 15 March 1919.

The article on the Korean indendence movement published in the Daily Observer on 15 March 1919(Supplied by the NUAC ASEAN Assembly)

A massive event celebrating the centennial of the March 1 Independence Movement will be held this morning in downtown Seoul. 

The Blue House hopes to see 10,000 people from all walks of life show up to mark 100 years since Koreans rose up against Japanese colonial rule. 

The Sydney Morning Herald on 18 March 1919 featured an article on the Korean independence movement with the headline of 'Korea, Independence Agitation.


  Daily Telegraph on 18 March 1919.

In a press release on Thursday, the Blue House said the main event will begin at 11 a.m. in Gwanghwamun Square near President Moon Jae-in’s office. Large LED screens will be set up around the main stage and 10,000 seats will be provided at the square. Visitors can watch special performances from rapper BewhY and Insooni, hear an address from Moon and see the Black Eagles, the South Korean Air Force’s aerobatic team, perform a flyover in the skies above Gwanghwamun and Gyeongbok Palace.

In his national address today, Moon could reveal details of his so-called New Korean Peninsula Regime, which he mentioned for the first time Monday during a weekly meeting with his senior secretaries. 

Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said earlier that day that specifics would be announced by Moon on Friday when he takes the stage for the March 1 Independence Movement event. 

The Age on 18 March 1919

Over the past several days, Blue House sources said Moon’s remarks on the New Korean Peninsula Regime largely hinged on the results of the second U.S.-North summit. 

Hopes for Moon’s announcement of his new vision were dashed Thursday afternoon after the summit was cut short and the White House announced that no deal was reached. Before the summit ended, Moon was believed to be planning to talk about economic re-engagement with North Korea, as hinted by his remarks on Monday during the senior secretariat meeting.


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