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Drumming open to music fans, the soulful ballads, folk traditions and modern technology show revealed the great potential of the two original cultures: Russian and Korean. So the best Korean teams from Russia, Uzbekistan, the Republic of Korea, Kazakhstan and the DPRK, figures of modern Russian culture presented on stage of the Moscow state music folk theatre «Russian song” presented an amazing show, telling about the history of the Korean people in the Russian land for the last 150 years

“From a good life do not cross the border and don’t go looking for happiness in another country. And we are very grateful that in 1864, Russia took the starving people, who stood on the brink of extinction, accepted with dignity and good. The Koreans were able to repay the gratitude to the country in which they live and work,” said Director of the gala concert Honored artist of Russia Anita Tsoi.

The history of Korean people began in Russia in 60th years of XIX century. Russian Empire after the defeat of China in the Third opium war forced the Chinese government to sign, in 1860, “Beijing Treaty:”. According to it, Russia acquired a vast and sparsely populated territory on the right Bank of the Amur river. As a result Russia has appeared 14-kilometre border with Korea, the Chinese suffered from addiction.

The first reports on the resettlement of Koreans in the South Ussuri region belong to 1863. However, 1864 is considered the official date when the far East is 15 km from Novgorod post was founded as the first Korean village – Titinge, which later became known as Sloboda Rezanova. Here a secret from the Korean authorities ran 30 families.

From year to year the number of immigrants grew, reaching 900 Koreans in the winter of 1868-1869. A year later, the border crossed another 4 500 people. To 1901 on the territory of the region there were about 30 thousand Koreans.

After Korea was occupied by Japan in 1905 and after the proclamation of Korea a Japanese colony in 1910, the flow of Koreans to the far East increased significantly. By 1917, Russia lived more than 90 thousand Koreans in Primorsky Krai, they represented almost a third of the population and feel at home – were educated in their native language, and published literature, to politics.

During the Civil war the Koreans were on the side of the Bolsheviks. But when in 1930, the border with Korea and China was closed, the Koreans why-that declared Japanese spies and sent to Central Asia.

Today, according to the Chairman of the all-Russian Association of Koreans Vasily TSO, in Russia there are thousands of Koreans 220-225. He shared that “to preserve the traditions of hard.”

“The basis of any culture is language. We, unfortunately, lost language. To speak of preservation of culture can only through the preservation of traditions, customs in the home and family,” said Mr. TSO. “We feel first of all the Russians. Soul something we’ve been Russians, we have only eyes narrow,” he concluded.

The performances were accompanied by video installations, which also help tell the amazing history of the Korean land. “We only theatre of folklore throughout the country. It is essential to me that any nationality can demonstrate on our platform their clearest traditions, their history, because in life we separated, – said people’s artist of Russia, head of Moscow state musical theatre of folklore “Russian song” Nadezhda Babkina. – The Koreans had settled not only in the far East, but disappeared across the country. And what’s good about any culture. That has its own powerful “genetic memory” passed on from generation to generation. For me, as a person involved in the whole life folklore, this is important”.