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Diaspora

글쓴이 : 관리자 날짜 : 2018-11-11 (일) 14:49 조회 : 116
작성일 : 2018.11.11
작성자 : Rev. Kyung Lim Shin

I went on a business trip to Yucatan in Mexico last Tuesday. Although Yucatan is a part of Mexico, it is a peninsula down in the southeastern part and Mayan descendants reside there. It is a little out of the way and takes 24 hours by car from Mexico City, the capital of Mexico. This Yucatan Peninsula has deep connections with our Korean people. Korean American immigration history began in 1903 when about 100 Koreans left on a boat to labor at a sugarcane plantation in Hawaii at the end of the Chosun Dynasty. The people were so poor then, and under a powerless government, they had to go even to an unknown land for survival. The Chosun government also decided to send workers to Mexico without realizing the suffering the Korean immigrants were going through at the sugarcane farms. Two years after the first immigrants were sent to Hawaii, in 1905, some 1,000 Koreans arrived at the Annikong Farm in Yucatan, Mexico. Annikong is a plant that looks like an ancestral cactus, and because of its rough stems, it was used to make ropes for marines. With a language barrier, they were treated as slaves, many dying and running away, suffering much more than those who went to Hawaii. Emperor Gojong later learned of this situation and even gave orders to rescue them.  Now there are about 5,000 Korean descendants living there and most of them have lost their Korean language and culture but know that they are Korean descendants. A few years ago, I visited Chichienji, a famous site, where the chief officer was a Korean descendant. I remember feeling a strong bond when he gave me a gift apologizing for not being able to speak Korean. These days, the Korean government recognizes them and invites them to Korea to experience Korea and to provide special job training. I didn’t get to meet any of them this time but just being aware of their presence, I felt a special affinity to the place.


The history of Korean immigrants which started in this way continues today and now Korean people are scattered around the world. It is especially historical as immigrants to hear that a Korean woman, for the first time, has been elected to the House of Representatives.   As a diaspora, what do you think God's special purpose is for us in having left our homeland and living an extraordinary life in a foreign land?


   

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360 2018.12.30.  Wishing you God's peace Rev. Shin Lee
359 2018.12.30.  평안을 빕니다… 신경림 목사
358 2018.12.23.  A Christmas Gift Rev. Shin Lee
357 2018.12.23  크리스마스선물 신경림 목사
356 2018.12.16  Recovery Time Rev. Shin Lee
355 2018.12.16  회복의 시간 신경림 목사
354 2018.12.09  Thump-thump... Rev. Shin Lee
353 2018.12.09  두근 두근… 신경림 목사
352 2018.12.02  Celebrating Advent Rev. Shin Lee
351 2018.12.02  대강절을 맞이하며 신경림 목사
350 2018.11.25  Abundant blessings of thanksgiving to you, your family, your cell group, your ministry team and your… Rev. Shin Lee
349 2018.11.25  여러분 모두, 그리고 그 가정과 속회, 사역팀과 일터에 감사의 축복이 흘러 넘치기를 기도합니다. 신경림 목사
348 2018.11.18  On Thanksgiving sunday Rev. Shin Lee
347 2018.11.18  추수감사주일에 신경림 목사 외
346 2018.11.11  Diaspora Rev. Kyung Lim Shin
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