A THIRD KOREA: PHOTOS OF YANBIAN, CHINA
The region known as Yanbian in China’s North East once belonged to Chosun Korea before coming under the rule of the Qing Emperor’s.
Koreans first began migrating into the area at the turn of the 20th Century, to secretively farm. During the Japanese occupation more Koreans fled the peninsula into Manchuria.
The PRC awarded the ethnic Koreans their own autonomous region, in gratitude to their service during Chinese Civil war.
Today ethnic Koreans form roughly 50% of the total population of the Yanbian Autonomous Prefecture – a percentage that is decreasing.