Centennial of the Young Korean Academy stamp from South Korea

May 17th, 2013

The year 2013 is a meaningful year marking the centennial of the Young Korean Academy. With Japan intruding into Joseon in the course of the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 to 1895 and the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 to 1905, each during the latter era of the Joseon Dynasty, Dosan Ahn Chang-Ho watched his fatherland degenerating into the arena of a struggle among world powers and keenly felt Korea's powerlessness.

Dosan thought that for a country to be powerful, its people should be powerful. With this in mind, Dosan went to the U.S. and started to create a new organization that will nurture the key figures for the nation's independence movement. On May 13, 1913, he founded "Young Korean Academy," in San Francisco, U.S., along with 25 founding members including the representatives of the nation's 8 provinces. In 1924, the Young Korean Academy declared the "Statement to Fellow Countrymen," educated human resources by establishing academies, and unfolded the movement designed to enhance the Korean people's spiritual awakening and enlightenment by publishing magazines. Today the Young Korean Academy unfolds the movement aimed at young Koreans, in an effort to democratize the society and to foster enlightened human resources. These activities of the Young Korean Academy are continuously performed in its 26 local branches and 9 overseas branches located in the U.S. and Canada.

Celebrating the centennial of the founding of the Young Korean Academy, a commemorative stamp featuring both Ahn Chang-Ho and the emblem of the Young Korean Academy is issued, in the hope that the Young Korean Academy will take a big leap forward toward its next centennial.