PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, 1919
CHAIR: NIKIFOROS DANISKAS
chair: luke sekowski
CRISIS MANAGER: YE BIN WON
The Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, also known as the Korean Provisional Government (KPG), was a partially recognized government-in-exile representing Korea during Japanese colonial rule. Created in 1919, the KPG set up operations in Shanghai, China – as the Korean peninsula was under Imperial Japanese control from its 1910 annexation until the defeat of the Empire of Japan in 1945. The Japanese annexation and colonization of Korea saw the repression and attempt of erasure of the Korean language, culture, and people in order to fully bring the peninsula into the Japanese sphere. The events which unfolded during this time resulted in many Koreans standing up to Imperial Japanese control from both inside Korea and outside its borders.
This committee will explore the intricacies and actions of the KPG, which was established in April 1919 due to the ensuing outrage over the death of the Korean emperor. The suspected poisoning of Korean Emperor Gojong in early 1919 by Japanese officials spurred outrage and unrest among the Korean people. The earliest public resistance movement, the Sam-il Movement (“March 1st Movement”), inspired the need for a central provisional Korean government outside Korea – free and separate from the threatening control and influence of the Japanese. The KPG fulfilled this need by organizing an administrative and governmental body which held a legitimate presence on the international stage, in a quest to secure foreign aid and allies. The KPG, which acknowledged and drew upon the legitimate national borders of the previous Joseon Dynasty, began the elementary processes of providing Korea its eventual transition from a Japanese colony to a democratic republic.
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NAIMUN strives to provide every delegate with a well-rounded, educational, and enjoyable experience. The learning objectives for the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea, 1919 are as follows. Delegates will gain:
A comprehensive understanding of the regional history of East Asia in the early 20th century, with a focus on Korean-Japanese relations and history
Exposure to a fast-paced learning environment to practice their diplomacy skills in a committee that mirrors the beginnings of the KPG
A specific knowledge of the history of the KPG and Korea under Imperial Japanese occupation, including various events and movements that occured in this period
Experience in taking part in negotiations and debate surrounding pressing issues of the KPG – complete with internal conflict and external complications
An enjoyable weekend of debate where they can let their knowledge and debate skills shine
About the Chairs
W. Luke Sekowski (SFS '20) is a senior in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He is pursuing a major in International Politics and minors in French and Russian. Originally from Syracuse, NY, Luke is nevertheless an avid Red Sox fan. He loves baseball, waterskiing, history, travel, and language, even though he can never seem to shake his conspicuous American accent. NAIMUN LVII is Luke's third and final appearance as Model UN staffer, and is looking forward to a great conference! Outside of NAIMUN, Luke plays club baseball, edits for the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, and is a contributing writer for a campus foreign affairs publication, the Caravel.
Nikiforos Daniskas (SFS‘20) is a student in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown, majoring in Global Business. Hailing from Montclair, New Jersey, Nikiforos grew up in a typical suburban northeastern NJ fashion with the skyscrapers of Manhattan in the distance and a soft spot for great bagels. NAIMUN LVII will be his fourth and final appearance as a member of the conference’s staff. He’s previously staffed in a variety roles and in a variety of organs, with the most recent being this past February serving as a Chair for a Cabinet. Outside of NAIMUN, Nikiforos is involved on campus as VP of the Hellenic Association, works part-time as a TA, and is a member of Georgetown Collegiate Investors. A proud Hoya, he loves to rep the “blue and gray” while at games, and enjoys exploring DC whenever given the opportunity. He is looking forward to making this NAIMUN the best one yet this upcoming February!
About the Crisis Manager
Ye Bin is sophomore at the Walsh School of Foreign Service majoring in International Politics Security Studies and (hopefully) theology. Long story short, she’s a South Korean from Singapore who graduated high school in New Hampshire and will try to tell her needlessly complicated, yet wonderfully cosmopolitan upbringing to anyone who will listen. It was also this international upbringing that drew her to Model UN, which she has been involved in since 8th grade. This year, she is delighted to be spending her second year at NAIMUN as Crisis Manager for the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea. When she is not cramming for an exam at Lau 3, Ye Bin can be found religiously avoiding the gym and giving unsolicited relationship advice to her friends.