Past in Perspective

I am determined to offer an apology with my death.
– Hideki Tojo

In 1910, Korea was annexed by Japan after years of war with China. In order to establish control, the Japanese waged an all0out war on Korean culture by forbidding people from speaking Korean. Schools and universities were prohibited from teaching in Korean, teaching Korean history was made a crime and over 200,000 historical documents were destroyed. This means that the Japanese were attempting to wipe out Korean history. They went further by taking over the labour and land of the country, settling in and chopping down the trees and replacing them with their local species so that the landscape would also be entirely different. 725,000 Korean workers were made to work in Japan and its colonies and hundreds of thousands of women were made to be ‘comfort women’ who were essentially sexual slaves that were supposed to cater to the needs of Japanese soldiers.

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