Japan’s colonization of Korea

Japan Colonizes Korea

In 1910, the Chosun Dynasty ended with Japan’s annexation and colonization of Korea. Koreans remember the Japanese colonial rule as a brutal experience. Resistance groups formed in Korea and China, mostly adopting leftist politics in reaction to the right-wing Japanese administration. Memories of the Japanese Imperial Administration’s oppression continue to haunt relations between the people of both Koreas and Japan today. Korea also began to modernize during this period, and the city of Pyongyang in particular became a vibrant center for Christianity and western culture.

From LiNK – Liberty in North Korea


11 thoughts on “Japan’s colonization of Korea

    • That was me before I went there in 2001. Didn’t know a thing about the country other than MASH. haha
      I’m glad you are able to glean something from the posts. I appreciate your feedback Sue as always 🙂

    • Thanks for reading and letting me know your feedback. You’re right, this part of Korean history doesn’t get talked about very much compared to the Korean war period.
      Thank you for your visit. Have a wonderful day:-)

  1. This post caught my eye because I studied Korean language and culture at highschool. I live learning about the history – thanks for sharing :).

    • Thanks for reading and commenting Merryn. It’s great to hear you studied Korean language and culture. It’s pretty interesting, isn’t it? Which high school taught Korean? That isn’t offered that often in high schools.

      • For about 10 years it was offered at McKinnon Secondary College, Victoria, Australia. It was also offered briefly at Geelong Highschool, Strathcona Girls College and Ormond Primary School.

  2. I just noticed in your “about” section that you live in Korea. I did a study tour there with 13 other students and 2 teachers in 1995. We did a journey that circled South Korea and went to Cheju Island as well. Can you speak the language fluently? I have a pen pal (have had for 23 years now! ) who is from there (now in Kwangju)

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