In Honor of Dosan Ahn Chang Ho's 80th Death Day, the Education for Social Justice Foundationand SF Korean School have invited me to presnt a talk about San Francisco's important role in Dosan's Legacy. Saturday March 10, 2018 at 4pm. Click on image for link to more information.
Dosan's Mug Shot from Sodaemun Prison in 1937. Dosan was arrested in the Donguhoe Incident.
March 10 is Dosan's Death Day. He was killed by the Japanese. In 1937 the Japanese police arrested Dosan and jailed him at Sodaemun Prison in Seoul. They tortured him, as they had done many times before during his previous arrests. According to Dr. Won Tai Sohn the Japanese guards ground up glass and put it in Dosan's food to finish him off. Dosan already had internal health complications from torture. After Christmas of 1937 the Japanese realized Dosan was nearing death. They took him out of prison and put him in Seoul National Medical Hospital. The Japanese knew if Dosan died in prison that would spark patriotism and fuel anti-Japanese emotions among Koreans. He spent the last couple months of his life ailing and suffering. The Japanese would not let many people see him. They limited his visitors. Dosan finally died on March 10, 1938. After he died they buried him up in the hills of Mangwoori outside of Seoul where it was difficult for people to pay respects. The Japanese guarded the pathway to Dosan's grave.
From his early years to his last days he lived and died for Korea and its people. He loved Korea more than life and more then his family he left in California for the last time in 1926. He gave his all to be of service to Korean people and died for their Independence.
All people who have a drop of Korean blood no matter where they are were influenced and are influenced by Dosan's life. Without the sacrifice Dosan made to fight off Japanese plans to obliterate Korea - Korea and Koreans would not have its success as a nation today. All Koreans owe Dosan their respect forever.
Dosan was the most sincere Korean patriot, ever.
Dosan's last Prisoner ID Card from Sodaemun Prison in Seoul.
Helen Ahn was a Migrant Farm Worker from 1905 to 1914
1913 - Envelope to Helen Ahn after she left Riverside with Dosan and her family for Los Angeles.
Helen Ahn did not live in Riverside at Pachappa Labor Camp continuosly. She move around as other Korean laborers did to keep making money for the Indpendence Movement and her family. She had her first son Philip in 1905 in Highland Park near Los Angeles. The heavy freeze in Southern California in 1913 shut down the agriculture industry. The Ahns left Riverside for Los Angeles. Most Koreans left Riverside, as well.
Letter to Helen Ahn in June 1907 to Redlands where she moved from Pachappa Labor Camp with Korean workers to Redlands Labor Camp.
New KTOWN Dosan Mural at 1053 S. Vermont below Olympic 1937 Ahn Chang Ho's Prison Picture
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