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* Date : 2013-12-04

The 130th Anniversary of Korea-UK Diplomatic Ties "1883"












The secret stories explored by a world-renowned journalis

A grandson of a British foreign affairs officer who was dismissed for helping Korea's independence movement during the Japanese colonial rule is visiting Korea in 2013. He is Patrick Cockburn, a renowned journalist, reporter for Britain’s The Independent, and winner of the Martha Gelhorn Prize, the Orwell Prize for Journalism, and the International Media Awards.

He is visiting Korea to find out why his grandfather, Henry Cockburn, sacrificed his bright future in the British Foreign Office to save one Korean journalist, a complete stranger, some 100 years ago. Arirang TV follows his quest and travels between the past and present, between Korea and the United Kingdom, to unearth the stories behind the 130-year-old diplomatic ties between the two countries.

A will received by Henry Cockburn, who had arrived in Korea three days after the 1905 Eulsa Protectorate Treaty was signed and Korea's diplomatic rights taken away by the Japanese colonial regime.
An English man who was a kindred spirit of Koreans and who did not fear imprisonment if it was for Korea's independence.
A Korean journalist who endured Japan’s merciless retribution for standing up for his British colleague.

Patrick Coburn is in awe as he traces his grandfather's past actions and finds out the truth behind it all. In an era when colonial cruelty was rampant, Henry Cockburn, Ernest Bethell, Yang Ki-tak and Yi Han-eung staked their lives and careers to exercise human decency and carry out justice.

More dramatic than movies, their lives are the testaments to the history of friendship between Korea and the United Kingdom. Documentary "1883" commemorating the 130th anniversary of Korean-British diplomatic ties offers us a chance to ponder about life's values and coexistence of mankind.
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