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Yi Dong-nyeong: A complex thinker

Posted January. 11, 2019 07:49,   

Updated January. 11, 2019 07:49


This year marks the 100th year of the foundation of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea. The creation and operation of the provisional government was founded on the sweat and tears of our patriots, particularly Yi Dong-nyeong. When the March 1st independence movement took place, Yi went to Shanghai to serve as the first chair of the Provisional Assembly. He also served as other key positions such as president, prime minister, acting president and premier for the provisional government, over two decades. His support was crucial to “our existence,” as written in Kim Gu’s autobiography.

Yi writes characters with a single stroke, which shows that the writer has a "complex thinking skills" that can simplify complicated events and understand how things are connected. The writer presumably is emotional, confident, sympathetic and loyal. His quick way of writing and big letters show that he is courageous, prompt to make decisions and proactive. Such insight and leadership must have been crucial in building the foundation for the provisional government. Prior to the Korea-Japan Annexation Treaty in 1910, Yi believed that education and other means of enlightenment movement would not be enough to drive out Japanese invasion and preferred armed struggle to fight against the Japanese for independence. Serving the head of the Shinheung Military Academy, he trained the next generation of independent activists.

He was also a capable administrator. The absence of space in the upper part of his letters shows that he has initiative. Ample space between strokes and characters reflect his flexible, considerate yet cautious character. His writing is slightly tilted to the right side, which shows his positive character. Long horizontal and vertical lines show that he is very patient and responsible. He formed the Independence Army with Kim Gu, returned to Korea and left a will that he hoped the three parties under the provisional government would unify, which was eventually realized.