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Updated : April 17 2015

Korean actress Song Hye-kyo has donated money to print brochures at a church in New York, which has been deemed a historic site for the Korean independence movement against Japan.

Korean Methodist Church and Institute, which has a mainly Korean and Asian-American congregation, was founded by Koreans living in New York who wanted to commemorate the March 1 movement in Korea.

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Actress Song Hye-kyo. (OSEN)
The overseas Koreans met in 1921 to honor the second anniversary of a large-scale demonstration against the Japanese colonial government, which ruled Korea between 1910 to the end of World War II.

Professor Seo Kyung-duk, from Sungshin Women's University in Seoul, created the brochures, while Song paid for production expenses.

"More and more Koreans are visiting New York each year, but most of them don't know that there is a historic site for the Korean independence movement there," said Professor Seo. "I made the brochures ... out of a desire to help others learn about the church's history and significance."

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The brochures for the Korean Methodist Church and Institute. (Yonhap)
The colored brochures contain information about the church's establishment, the activities of Korean independence activists, and the history of a "Korean Library" at New York's Columbia University. They are available in both Korean and English.

Actress Song and Professor Seo have previously collaborated on brochures for historic sites related to the Korean independence movement in China in cities such as Shanghai, Chongqing, Hanzhou and Harbin. They also jointly contributed artwork to the Lee Joon Memorial Hall in the Hague, the Netherlands.

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The brochures on display at the Korean Methodist Church and Institute. (Yonhap)
Song and Seo have also supported Korean language services at some of the world's top galleries and museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris.

Song previously supported the production of brochures at the Ahn Chang-ho Family House in Los Angeles and the Suh Jae-pil Memorial in Philadelphia. Ahn Chang-ho and Suh Jae-pil were both prominent Korean independence activists.

By Yoon Sarah (sarah356@heraldcorp.com)

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