Monday, March 01, 2010

Happy Samil

Today is the 91st anniversary of the 1919 Samil independence movement (and also one of the few holidays to fall on a weekday this year).

I've written about Samil before, looking at towns burned by the Japanese and the Canadians involved in exposing this, the battle in newspapers for American support by both the Japanese and the Korean independence movement, unseen photos of the Samil movement, and the role the protests played in making the space in front of present day city hall a symbolic protest space.


Matt said...

Oath of Allegiance (Canada) : "The Canadian Oath of Allegiance is a promise or declaration of fealty to the Canadian monarch, taken, along with other specific oaths of office, by new occupants of various government positions, including federal and provincial viceroys, appointees to the Queen's Privy Council, Supreme Court justices, members of the federal and provincial parliaments, as well as of the Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Oath of Allegiance also makes up the first portion of the Oath of Citizenship, and may form a part of oaths taken by new members of provincial and municipal police forces."

"I, [name], do Solemnly swear (affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors according to law, forever. So help me God."

"I, [name], do swear, that I will be faithful and bear true Allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II." (The oath for senators and members of parliament)

Long live the Queen Elizabeth II and her prodigal successor prince Charles!

Matt said...

Canadian Nationalism: "Canadian nationalism is a term which has been applied to ideologies of several different types which highlight and promote specifically Canadian interests over those of other countries, notably the United States. It has also been applied to movements promoting pride in the nation, race, culture, heritage, general values or traditions of Canada, though there is usually a distinction drawn between Canadian nationalism and more general patriotism.

In general, Canadian nationalists are highly concerned about the protection of Canadian sovereignty and loyalty to the Canadian State, placing them in the civic nationalist category. It has likewise often been suggested that anti-Americanism, or at least hostility towards the United States, often plays a prominent role in Canadian nationalist ideologies. When nationalists speak of "independence", it is widely understood that the actual meaning is "independence from the United States". Canadian nationalists may in fact promote stronger ties to other nations, and encourage closer integration with the European Union or the United Nations as a way of offsetting US influences."

Matt said...

Canadian History - canada's independence: "Canada peacefully and gradually evolved as a nation, quite unlike the United States, which became a separate independent country by means of armed revolution." O Canada, what a great country!

Quebec sovereigntism: "The sovereigntist movement of Quebec is generally considered to have started in the 1960s with the Quiet Revolution. The use of the word "sovereignty" and many of the ideas of this movement originated in the 1967 Sovereignty-Association Movement of René Lévesque. This movement ultimately gave birth to the Parti Québécois in 1968"

Quebec Independence Movement (slides)