I wrote this just right after you returned from Yulin and stepped down from your position. I badly wanted to give you a big hug and comfort you and tell you "IT'S OK."
I don't know if you will ever get this message. I know you don't know me, and I am not "friends" on Facebook with you... but I have been wanting to tell you my message for a long time. I wish I could look you in the eye while giving you my message... but maybe one day.
Your work and words have stirred the passion I have for this fight, this man-made hell that we are fighting. Your videos - I have watched every one as they were being made available, I slept every night with my I-PAD under my pillow to get your updates as soon as possible - have taken my resolve to a whole new level...
My message to you is first, thank you; thank you for my resolve. I have made an oath to GOD, myself and most of all ALL to all those countless dogs and cats in KOREA that have screamed their last screams to deaf ears, whose screams will stay with me till MY LAST BREATH...
Only in solidarity we can rid of this man-made hell in Korea. We are all a cog in the wheel that gets bigger by the minute... and once the wheel gets SO big it will no doubt crush what makes OUR nightmares repeat!
Lastly, thank you for your part in the wheel; one man cannot start and finish this fight all alone. This IS a war. A war is not fought by one lone soldier. You have done more than your part; your sacrifices are more than one needed to make. I am doing MY part. We are ALL doing our parts... And, if you never return to the battlefield after this trip, you have taught us how to fight. Commander does not have to return to the front line. You can continue to fight with us just by being YOU!
MARC CHING, don't ever think "I", EVER! It's WE!
DO NOT FEAR THE HELL ON EARTH THAT SOME MEN HAVE CREATED - IN SOLIDARITY, WE CAN RID OF THIS HELL!
I am enclosing the letter that I wrote to all citizens of Korea and to the non-Korean speaking ones. I DO hope that you get to read it...
한국 시민여러분 부탁드립니다 ~
IN SOLIDARITY WE CAN! DON'T STAND ALONE!
FOR MY NON-KOREAN SPEAKING FRIENDS:
I WROTE THIS LETTER IN KOREAN TO FELLOW KOREAN ACTIVISTS AT HEART. I HAVE BEEN DOING SOME SEARCHING VIA SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE GENERAL SENTIMENT THAT I AM GATHERING IS THAT THEY ARE, OF COURSE, ASHAMED BUT SEEM TO FEEL HELPLESS. WHICH IS WHY I WROTE THE POST IN MY BASIC KOREAN-LANGUAGE-SKILL-LEVEL-AT-BEST BUT CERTAINLY NOT LACKING IN PASSION. IT IS A VERY PASSIONATE LETTER, I THINK, THAT WOULD ENCOURAGE THEM, AS WELL AS SHED SOME LIGHT ON HOW THE OUTSIDERS AROUND THE WORLD ARE FEELING. I AM HOPING THAT THE LETTER REACHES NOT JUST THE CITIZENS OF KOREA BUT BUSINESSES, GOVERNMENT LEVEL OFFICIALS AND EVEN THE PRESIDENT, WHICH IS WHY I AM HASH TAGGING THEM BELOW. OUR EFFORTS WILL NO DOUBT AFFECT KOREAN ECONOMY. IT BREAKS MY HEART INTO PIECES AS I LIST THESE HASHTAGS... I NEVER IMAGINED IN MY LIFE THAT I WOULD BE ASKING THE WORLD TO BOYCOTT KOREA... BUT I CANNOT PUT KOREAN ECONOMY AND WEALTH BEFORE PAIN AND SUFFERING AND ULTIMATE DEATH OF THE INNOCENT... I ASK FOR FORGIVENESS FROM MY BIRTH COUNTRY AND MY OWN BLOOD...
DOG MEAT INDUSTRY IS A DYING PRACTICE; I KNOW THAT BECAUSE MOST YOUNGER GENERATION HAVE DOGS AND CATS AS PETS AND ABHOR THE PRACTICE OF EATING THEM.
THE OLDER GENERATION CONSIDERED DOGS DIFFERENTLY.. I KNOW WHEN I WAS GROWING UP IN KOREA THINGS WERE MUCH DIFFERENT; WE DIDN'T KEEP OUR DOG INSIDE THE HOUSE EVEN THOUGH THE WINTERS IN KOREA IS EXTREMELY HARSH, KIBBLES DIDN'T EXIST, JUST LEFT OVER SCRAPS FOR OUR DOG, THERE WAS NO VETERINARIAN AVAILABLE, THERE WAS NO SPAYING OR NEUTERING, AND SO ON, NOT BECAUSE WE DIDN'T CARE FOR OUR DOG OR DIDN'T LOVE HER BUT BECAUSE THAT IS JUST HOW THINGS WERE. BUT NOW, KOREANS SPEND A FORTUNE ON PET GROOMING, PET ACCESSORIES AND HOME MADE GOURMET FOODS. IT IS A MATTER OF TIME... BUT I CANNOT WAIT, NOT ANOTHER MOMENT, AS THE TORTURING AND KILLINGS GO ON.... AND I KNOW THAT EVERY ONE OF YOU FEELS THE SAME.
UNTIL #KOREAEATINGDOGS STOP:
@hankookilbo @ichanews @advancedkorea @kukminilbo @joongdoilbo @joongdoilbo1 @ny.koreadaily @sbs8news @thekoreaherald @koreatimes @koreasociety
(Used with kind permission from Dr. Susan Song)