Korean song of resistance in China

Posted on : 2012-01-03 11:39 KST Modified on : 2019-10-19 20:29 KST

Sun Heng, a Chinese labor movement leader, sings the Korean folk song of resistance “A March for Lover” onstage in a village on the outskirts of Beijing, Jan. 1. The song was written to commemorate the death of a famous Korean democracy and labor movement leader who was shot dead by the military under martial law during the Gwangju Democratization Movement in 1980.

Sun has led a nongmingong, Chinese rural migrant worker, band New Labor Art Group since 2002 at the villiage of Picun, home to around 10,000 nongmingong from across the nation.

“I recognized that culture played a significant role in uniting laborers by reading books and materials about the South Korean labor movement,” said Sun who was a music teacher and moved to Beijing with a dream of becoming a singer 13 years ago.

Sun said that South Korea’s experience with its labor movement, including the South Korean movie “The Night Before the Strike” and the life of notable labor activist Jeon Tae-il, has attained myth-like status among Chinese labor activists.

The photo below shows a scene of Picun on Jan. 1. 

(Photo by Park Min-hee)    

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