Currently buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery, New York, USA
Return to home country in April next year
The remains of Mr. Hwang Ki-hwan, who became the motif of the main character ‘Eugene Choi’ in the drama , will be returned to Korea in April next year.
On the 14th, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs announced that “Hwang was selected as the ‘Independence Activist of April 2023′” and “plans to return Mr. Hwang’s remains, which are buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in New York, USA, to Korea in April next year.” . Next year will mark the 100th anniversary of Hwang’s martyrdom.
Born in Suncheon, South Pyongan Province, Mr. Hwang (year of birth unknown – 1923) moved to the United States in 1904 when he was in his late teens. After the United States entered World War I in 1917, he enlisted as a volunteer and was responsible for relieving the seriously injured on the European front. After the end of World War I, he did not return to the United States, but moved to Paris, France in early June 1919 and joined the Korean mission to the Paris Ganghwa Conference. In 1919, when Korean workers who had flown to Britain via Russia and the North Sea were in danger of being repatriated to Japan, Hwang persuaded the British government to move 35 of them to France. Hwang passed away in 1923 from a heart attack in New York, USA, while continuing his diplomatic public relations activities in the United States and the United Kingdom.
In 1995, the government posthumously awarded Hwang the Order of National Merit, the Patriotic Medal. It was in 2008, 11 years ago, that the tomb of Mr. Hwang, who left after living a life of fire in another country, was discovered. The forgotten life of Mr. Hwang was re-examined through the role of Eugene Choi, played by actor Lee Byung-hun, in the 2018 drama .
The Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs also selected Mong-gyu Song (patriotic chapter in 1995), a cousin of poet Yoon Dong-ju, who died in a Japanese prison while fighting for independence while fighting for independence, as an independence activist for February 2023. While in middle school, Mr. Song went to Nanjing, China, and entered the Central Military Academy established by Mr. Kim Gu. After receiving military training, he devoted himself to the independence movement. He was arrested and imprisoned by the Japanese police on the charge of inciting Korean students studying in Korea to independence in Kyoto, Japan, and died in prison about five months before liberation. In 2016, actor Park Jung-min acted in the movie directed by Lee Jun-ik, and Song’s life again drew attention.
Fumiko Kaneko (2018 Patriotic Award), a Japanese spouse who died in prison as the spouse of Park Yeol, who was arrested for attempting to assassinate the Japanese emperor, and Tatsuji Fuse, who defended numerous Joseon independence activists such as Park Yeol and Kaneko ( Aejokjang in 2004) and two Japanese were also selected as independence activists for May 2023. Among the Japanese, there are only two people, Kaneko and Fuse Sensei, who have been honored for their independence movement.
In addition, the Ministry of Patriots and Veterans Affairs selected a total of 34 people as “2023 Independence Activists of the Month in 2023,” including Kwon Ae-ra, who participated in the March 1st Independence Movement and suffered hardships in Cell No. .
The selection of ‘Independence Activist of the Month’ began in January 1992 to cultivate the spirit of love for the country by widely publicizing the life and achievements of independence activists who devoted themselves to the independence of their country. A total of 429 people have been selected for 31 years, from the first selection of Kim Sang-ok, who threw a bomb at the Jongno Police Station, to this year.