An anti-Japanese rally in the South Korean capital, Seoul, to mark the anniversary of the liberation from Japan's colonial rule. Photo: AFP
Wee Kek Koon
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Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

Korea under Japanese rule: the violent killing of a queen that led to a century of animosity

Queen Min was fiercely opposed to Japan’s designs on her country. Her brutal murder galvanised a nation against its oppressors, a sentiment that continues to this day

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An anti-Japanese rally in the South Korean capital, Seoul, to mark the anniversary of the liberation from Japan's colonial rule. Photo: AFP
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The German Girl Shrine, on Pulau Ubin, Singapore.
Wee Kek Koon
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Opinion

Reflections by Wee Kek Koon

How folk religions took root in ancient China, and why some were never destined to endure

From Singapore’s nameless German Girl Shrine to Tin Hau in Hong Kong, religious followings began when the faithful found their prayers answered. But what about China’s Dried Fish Lord-Deity?

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The German Girl Shrine, on Pulau Ubin, Singapore.
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