“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.