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The 1919 March First Movement & The Birth of Modern Korea

09 Apr, 2019 KDIS News Center 2,271

The March 1st Movement of 1919 was a watershed moment in modern Korean history that was shaped by global developments in the wake of World War I, as well as by the Korean people’s aspiration for a free and independent nation.

To commemorate the centennial anniversary of Korea’s Independence Movement, the KDI School of Public Policy and Management and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Korea Studies Program hosted a day-long conference called The 1919 March First Movement & The Birth of Modern Korea in Washington, DC, USA. At this conference, attendees examined the confluence of the global and the local in the momentous events that transpired not only in Korea, but across the colonial world in 1919.

(from left: Jeongin Kim (Chuncheon National University of Education), Edward McCord (George Washington University), Gregg A. Brazinsky (George Washington University), Myung-lim Park (Kim Dae Jung Library at Yonsei University), Wonhyuk Lim (KDI School), Kyungro Yoon (Hansung University), H.E. Yoon-je Cho (Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the USA (Ambassador)), Kent Calder (Johns Hopkins SAIS), Jong-Il You (KDI School), Jongkul Lee (National Assembly of the Republic of Korea (Assembly member)), James Person (Johns Hopkins SAIS), Michael Shin (Cambridge University)

The conference featured two panels that considered the global context of Korea’s March 1st Movement and other national liberation movements around the world, as well as changes to the international system in the wake of World War I, and the impact of the March 1st Movement on Korean national consciousness, society, and institutions.