A Brave Deed of Yun Bong-gil in Shanghai and the Sensation It Caused in China

2019-02-03 00:28

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  • Made by: Choi Gyeongju (Research Representative)

  • Overview: Starting from a small conflict between Koreans and Chinese farmers called the Manbosan Incident in July 1931, false reporting and disinformed press release of the incident and then exclusion riots against Overseas Chinese occured. Over the series of these incidents, Japanese imperialists intensified the conflict between Koreans and Chinese, leading to worsening of their relationship. As a result, Koreans' independence movements in China reached a plateau. However on April 29 1932, at an event where Japanese imperialists held rejoicings over the victory of Imperial Japanese Army, a young man named Yun Bong-gil risked his life to throw bombs to the imperialist leaders and was arrested on the spot. His brave deed dealt a fatal blow to Japanese Imperialism by killing or hurting chiefs of the Japanese military, including commander-in-chief of expeditionary forces in Shanghai, who was in charge of invading China. The Imperial Japanese Army stationed in Shanghai as a result abandoned any further war escalations and concluded a truce with China on May 5, 1932. By the time, most of the Chinese and press of the world powers wanted the Imperial Japanese Army to conclude a truce with China and withdraw from Shanghai. In this situation, Yun Bong-gil dealt a decisive blow to Japan's act of aggression and raised the defiant will of the Chinese, who were overwhelmed by a sense of defeat.