Over the previous few months, proponents of Korean tradition and Chinese tradition have been embroiled in tense disputes after China accused South Korea of “stealing” quite a few Korean traditions, from kimchi to hanbok. Now, a bunch of Korean American excessive schoolers are combating again by instating an official “Korean Hanbok Day” in a United States borough.
The Asian American Youth Council was initially based by 18-year-old Brian Jon after his Ninth-grade Spanish instructor made a racist comment: “I hate Koreans.” The incident led him to pioneer a corporation that will embrace and characterize all younger folks of Asian ethnicity within the United States. Across the nation, over 50 youth activists lead the Asian American Youth Council in addressing race, gender, politics, and society.
And now, the youth council’s newest initiative is all about bringing conventional Korean tradition to mild. As of this week, the New York suburb and New Jersey borough of Tenafly has designated October 21 “Korean Hanbok Day”.
Beginning final yr, many studies have surfaced from China accusing South Korea of stealing its personal cultural heritage. Dubbing South Korea “Thief Country“, China has bizarrely alleged that hanbok, amongst different cultural property, was initially Chinese. Naturally, quite a few Koreans have been doing their greatest to combat again in opposition to the accusations, together with excessive schoolers working with the Asian American Youth Council.
The council held a web-based dialogue with its members and determined to make a stand to point out that hanbok is a part of Korean tradition. After the council wrote letters to politicians across the U.S. East Coast, Mayor Mark Zinna of Tenafly accepted their petition. This week, the proclamation ceremony for “Korean Hanbok Day” was held, with Mayor Zinna himself sporting hanbok for the event.
According to studies, this marks the primary time a “Hanbok Day” has been designated outdoors of Korea. Instated in 1996, Korea’s “Hanbok Day” additionally falls on October 21 every year. In order to combat again in opposition to claims that hanbok isn’t Korean, the youth council made certain to call the U.S. occasion “Korean Hanbok Day”.
Ultimately, the Asian American Youth Council hopes that by selling “Korean Hanbok Day”, U.S. authorities will present a robust foundation for Koreans to refute China’s false claims. The council members say they’ll proceed to advertise “Korean Hanbok Day” to different U.S. cities within the hopes that they’ll undertake it too.