Russian Koreans

At the festival of Korean culture, devoted to Day of liberation of the Korean Peninsula and the end of world war II

Thanks to the democratic process in Russia today, the Russian Koreans can learn the native language, culture and history of the Korean Peninsula. But until quite recently, many of them bitterly thought that the forced deportation of 1937 and the fate of the Sakhalin Koreans, abandoned to their fate after the Second world war, forever snatched from the Koreans of the Russian national roots, depriving them of identity and national consciousness. Much then depended on the confrontation of two systems, capitalist and socialist. Now this page has become history.

With the establishment of normal inter-state relations, especially after the establishment in 1990 of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Korea, Russian Koreans have become a kind of bridge, active intermediaries strengthening ties between the two countries.

The Russians and Koreans, different culture, different history. But the fact remains that in the millennial history of Russia is the only country with which Russia has never fought and never came war — this is Korea. Apparently, there are some deep moments mentality, allowing the Korean to easily adapt to Russian life and to integrate into it. It is through the synthesis of cultures of the Russian Koreans and achieve breakthrough in many areas — in science, art, manufacturing and business.

At the same time, they retain the historical culture of Koreans, respect their traditions and customs. This well help public organizations and Korean associations working in practically all areas of Russia in places of compact residence of ethnic Koreans. On the territory of Khabarovsk Krai registered two national-cultural autonomy of Koreans — in Khabarovsk and Bikin, society for the promotion of the peaceful unification of Korea, Korean youth cultural center “Kore” society and fragmented families. And on 16 December 2004 in Khabarovsk was established the Association of Korean organizations in the Far East and Siberia (AKO Dis). Today, it covers almost the entire Korean Diaspora of the Khabarovsk territory, and in the future should join the Koreans of the Russian far Eastern Federal district.

The Association closely cooperates with government and community organizations that deal with national, international and cultural ties of our region, as well as the General consulates of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic people’s Republic, which allows not only the Russian Koreans to learn more about what is happening in both Koreas, but also for foreign partners to get acquainted with the peculiarities of life in Russia. It is through such contacts there has been a real unification of the Korean Diaspora of the Khabarovsk territory. New stage in the development of interethnic relations in the region was the establishment of the International Association of national cultures and the Assembly of peoples of Khabarovsk Krai.

AKO dis the special place given to the issues related to the development of culture of interethnic relations, as in the work of the centre involves not only ethnic Koreans but also representatives of other Nations. I note that today in the world there has been an increasing interest in contemporary Korean culture. And as always in Russia lived more than a hundred nationalities, the problem of interethnic relations is a special case throughout modern history.

Regular festivals Korean songs and the Korean language, which are held with the direct participation of our Association, help to get acquainted with Korean culture representatives of different nationalities and enhance the interest of young people. Because many young Koreans not only have little idea about Korea, but do not speak the native language.

The most popular event at all times — a meeting of the New year according to the lunar calendar. This holiday in Korea plays a significant role, because it is at this event have a unique opportunity in an entertaining way to share and introduce young people to the customs and traditions of Koreans.

Well, the main event for all Koreans — no matter where they live — remains the celebration of the anniversary of the liberation of the Korean Peninsula by Soviet troops (August 15, 1945), which is invariably associated with the anniversary of the end of the Second world war. This event is traditionally attended not only by Russian Koreans, but also by numerous guests, many of whom come from the Republic of Korea and the DPRK. Special attention to the celebration of this event pay the government of Khabarovsk Krai and Khabarovsk city hall, members of other national cultural centers.

 

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