Apr. 11 marks 100 years to the day since the Korean Provisional Government (KPG) was established in Shanghai to resist Japanese imperialism. We are filled with respect for the innumerable patriotic martyrs who fought for independence from Japan, enduring hardships overseas as they struggled to reclaim their lost fatherland. Thanks to their dedication and sacrifices, the Republic of Korea has emerged as a proud economic and cultural power in the world. Yet some of the tasks that the provisional government in Shanghai sought to accomplish remain before us as we greet the next 100 years. As we consider the dream of peace and reunification on the Korean Peninsula and the principle of a democratic republic where sovereignty lies with the people, we ponder once again the meaning of the KPG today.
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