It was heartbreaking to learn about the extent of the violence of Corea's division when I met many Coreans in Japan who cannot return to their original hometowns in ROK (Gyeongsang-do, Jeju-do, Jeolla-do). When USA divided Corea in 1945 following Japan's defeat in WWII by US's horrific nuclear bombing, many Coreans in Japan who had been forcibly displaced as laborers during colonialism refused to be repatriated to a divided Corea.
So they were assigned a defunct "Joseon" nationality, referring to the pre-1945 Corea no longer in existence, as US-Japan-ROK alliance can not recognize DPRK as a legitimate government on the peninsula. Because of "Joseon" nationality, even their home land of ROK (as US installed Japanese imperial sympathizers and right-wing military dictators to govern it post-"liberation") will not allow them to return home. And because it is not a "real" nationality, it doesn't function as a passport, so if they ever want to leave Japan, they need express permission to return "home" even to Japan.. all the while, Japanese government is de-funding their Corean schools due to DPRK's (and finally, some ROK civic groups'!) support, though all other foreign schools are supported by Japanese funding... So what are the options for them?? Can't leave as Coreans, can't stay as Coreans??
This violent division on our land, our people, our psyches must end now. US must sign the overdue peace treaty with DPRK to end the Korean War, and abolish the border between DPRK and ROK and allow for a unified Corea! #평화통일
Pic#1: "We Are One!" at Ibaraki Corean K-12 School
Pic#2: "Let's become true patriots who love our homeland and our people!" at Tokyo Corean Middle & High School