On this 61st anniversary of Korean independence, I couldn't help but remember this postcard published on the first anniversary in 1946:
(From Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, by Hildi Kang).
This photo was taken in early 2005, and features a repeat performance of the image above, this time by Korean lawmakers protesting a prefecture in Japan declaring that Takeshima/Dokdo belongs to it:
Is it possible that the 'protest' seen in the second photo is in fact inspired by the image in the first photo? For people to be doing this in 2005 seems a little odd, but if it was inspired by an older form of 'protest', it might help explain it a little (though not excuse it). What was perfectly understandable in 1946 is not so wise to carry out in the present day, 60 years later.
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