* Date : 2016-09-02
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Korean emigration to Russia. Why did these Koreans leave their homeland to live in a foreign country? A third generation Korean Russian Alex Park from Tashkent of Uzbekistan follows the route of Korean Russian diaspora. We revisit the painful history and hardships of Korean Russians.
Alex visits his mother and grandmother in Uzbekistan to listen to their stories about the Korean Russian diaspora. What kind of efforts are Korean Russians making to preserve Korean culture?
In 1863, Koreans who emigrated to the Far East Asia in order to escape starvation arrived in Tizinkhe. Since then, Koreans lived in groups around Gaecheok-ri and Amur Bay. However, in the early 1900s, they were forced to move to the remote areas of Vladivostok by the Russian government, and in 1937, they were forced on a month-long journey to move yet again by Stalin's population transfer policy.
Grandma Yu Tanya was deported on a freight train in 1937. She tells the stories of the life on the train and Korean Russians' struggle to survive by farming. Lyan Victor and Kim Yura talk about painful events of how Korean Russian intellects were executed, and painter Ahn Bladmir expresses Korean Russians' lives through his paintings.
Only a monument stands in Ushtobe to remember the tragedy experienced by Korean Russians. This episode of Arirang Prime looks back at the period of deportation and reminds us that Korean Russians share the same spirit and culture.