“Morning Dew,” a Korean Protest Song, sung by Lena Hwang

“Morning Dew,” a Korean Protest Song, sung by Lena Hwang

  • Source: Elana Mann
  • Year: 2011
  • Submitted by: Elana Mann



This is a recording of Lena Hwang, a South Korean immigrant to the United States, singing a Korean freedom song called “Morning Dew.” The song was written by Kim Min-Gi in 1971 and within a year it was banned by the South Korean dictator at that time, Park Chung-Hee, due to the song’s metaphorical allusion to resisting oppression. The phrase “and the sun rises upon the grave” played a large role in getting the song banned. Over the years, many Korean human rights movements have adopted it for their political undertakings. This recording of the song was part of the exhibit “For more than one voice” (2011) by artist Elana Mann at 323 projects.

Resonate-Reverberate-Roar (Re-Re-Roar) is a growing archive of original sounds that express an experimental, independent, and socially progressive spirit.  The sounds on Re-Re-Roar include field recordings, interviews, songs, speeches, experimental music, and more. Re-Re-Roar is a site for activ[ist] listening, with the purpose of distributing sounds of resistance to eager ears around the globe. Visitors are encouraged to add their own sounds of resistance to the archive through the website's submit function.

Re-Re-Roar originated from artist Elana Mann’s collection of sounds of resistance, which she began during the Iraq war in 2007 by recording commuters in Los Angeles and Iraq. The website was incubated during Mann's time as the 2013 Amy M. Sears artist-in-resident at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, MN, amongst a group of peace activists from the Sisters of St. Joseph Carondelet & Consociates. Re-Re-Roar was designed by Roman Jaster and Nicole Jaffe, with production assistance from Reilo Dahl. For more about Elana Mann visit: elanamann.com