The desire for Korean independence persisted regardless of social class or age, and that determination continued to expand.
Shin Ki-cheol was born in Chuncheon, Gangwon Province in 1922 and received education on nationalism from his brothers from an early age, which led to a strong determination towards the anti-Japanese independence movement. This spirit had a significant impact on his participation in the activities of the ‘Sangrok Society’ after he enrolled in Chuncheon High School.
The Sangrok Society was a secret anti-Japanese student organization at Chuncheon High School that held various debates and reading presentations to discuss the reasons why Korea needed to break free from Japanese discrimination and colonial rule.
Graduates of the Sangrok Society sought to engage in activities not only in other regions of Korea beyond Chuncheon but also in Manchuria and overseas. Through the intensification of national consciousness, the Sangrok Society pursued resistance against Japan. However, in 1938, the organization was exposed by Japanese police and dissolved. Shin Ki-cheol, who was the president of the organization at the time and only 18 years old, was sentenced to two years in prison and subjected to severe torture.
After his release, he realized the importance of national culture and devoted his life to compiling dictionaries as a Korean linguist. Shin Ki-cheol realized the importance of national consciousness at the age of 18 and devoted his abilities to his homeland. Now, please become the 21st century Shin Ki-cheol and complete the Republic of Korea that the young Shin Ki-cheol dreamed of!