I decided to put the slides from a power point presentation about Remembrance Day on the bulletin board outside my office.
I really want to raise awareness about this global cultural event in Korea. For the majority of Korerans November 11th means Pepero Day.
As I said in a previous post, "I have a hard time not looking at Pepero Day in Korea through the socio-cultural lens of my own cultural identity and experience. Koreans in general don't seem to know anything about November 11th and what, I think it's pretty safe to say, 'the rest of the world' does every year on this special day."
Remembrance Day in Commonwealth countries is on November 11th.
"Remembrance Day – also known as Poppy Day, Armistice Day (the event it commemorates) or Veterans Day – is a day to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War. It is observed on 11 November to recall the end of World War I on that date in 1918. The day was specifically dedicated by King George V, on 7 November 1919, to the observance of members of the armed forces who were killed during war; this was possibly done upon the suggestion of Edward George Honey to Wellesley Tudor Pole, who established two ceremonial periods of remembrance based on events in 1917."
Also from wikipedia.com,
World War I
"Over 40 million casualties resulted, including approximately 20 million military and civilian deaths."
World War II
"Over 70 million people, the majority of them civilians, were killed, making it the deadliest conflict in human history."
All I'm saying is that maybe Koreans could alter Pepero Day slightly and have major portions of the profits made by selling chocolate sticks go to Korean war veterans and other charities they deem appropriate.
It might also be nice if some sort of international/global awareness was developed of what goes on in the majority of other countries on November 11th . . .
The final point I'd like to make here is that if you're still trying to think of something to teach next week why not make a Remembrance Day cultural lesson?
Think about it.
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