Exhibits Exhibit descriptions < Mun-sun Kim’s Petition Written in Blood
Exhibit descriptions
The Nature of Japan’s Colonial Aggression as Reflected in Bank Notes
A Grandmother’s Handmade Mumyeongbe (Cotton Yarn)
Yogan: A Living Necessity
Memories: Sokbaji (Inner Trousers for the Hanbok)
Kyōwakai Membership Card
Report Card with Korean Name Erased
Tokyo Bombing Victim Certificate
Handmade Taegukgi(The Flag of Korea)
Korean Registration Certificate Issued by Osaka Prefecture
Discrimination and Antiforeignism in a Crime Prevention Poster
Kenkoku Gakkō of 60 Years Ago
The Hanshin Education Struggle
Zainichi Koreans and the Pachinko Industry
Bataya Slum Areas in the 1960s
Mun-sun Kim’s Petition Written in Blood
List of Brown Atoll “Honorable Suicides” & Free Korean Press
Towel Used in a Prison for War Criminals
List of Members in the Association for Zainichi Korean Disabled Veterans of the Former Japanese Imperial Army
Choi Seung-hee and Sohn Kee-chung
Propaganda film You and Me
The Joy-Bearing Kkot-Kama (Traditional Korean Marriage Bridal Sedan Chair)
Korean Tigers Taken to Japan

Mun-sun Kim’s Petition Written in Blood

The late Mun-sun Kim (b.1925-d.unknown) wrote this petition with his own blood in October 1986, addressed to the President of the Republic of Korea, Doo-hwan Chun. It was written in blood to express the strength of his convictions.

The petition had two intentions. First, it was a direct appeal to the president of the Republic of Korea about the human rights violation of forcibly fingerprinting Zainichi Koreans for Japan’s Alien Registration Cards, which felt like they were akin to dog tags. Second, Mr. Kim was giving voice to the accumulated anger of Zainichi Koreans against this registration system. One poet described this anger as “black ink / seeping into cilia all over the body.” Fingerprinting was mandatory from the age of fourteen. In 1982, the age was changed to sixteen. What did children think of the nation of Japan as they were forced to be fingerprinted at the government office? The human rights of Zainichi Koreans were considered insignificant.