On December 8, rock band U2 held their first Korean concert as part of their Joshua Tree Tour 2019. About 28,000 fans were in attendance at the concert, which opened at the Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul.
During the performance of their song “Ultraviolet (Light My Way),” the screens at the concert showed the word “HERSTORY” before switching to photos of famous Korean women of history. This included Sulli, the singer-actress who passed away earlier this fall. Written in Korean with these photos were the words, “Until we are all equal, none of us are equal.”
Others photos onscreen included female divers from Jeju Island, who have been designated part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO; Kim Jung Sook, current first lady of South Korea who was also in attendance at the concert; painter Na Hye Sok, a pioneering feminist and one of the New Women in the 1920s; Park Kyung Won, South Korea’s first female civilian pilot; prosecutor Seo Ji Hyun, who brought attention to South Korea’s “Me Too” movement; Hong Eun Ah, South Korea’s youngest international referee in soccer and currently Ewha University professor; Jung Kyung Hwa, a violinist; Lee Soo Jung, a forensic psychologist and professor at Kyonggi University; and Lee Tae Young, South Korea’s first female lawyer.
One media outlet described these women as people who have changed Korean society or sowed the seeds for future change.
오늘 U2 공연의 가장 감동적인, 아니 가장 먹먹했던 순간. 세상을 바꾼 국내외 여성들의 사진이 이어지며 이태영, 서지현 검사, 해녀 등에 이어 설리가 나왔을 때. pic.twitter.com/zQgoLGwegx— 언젠가 서정민갑 (@bandobyul) December 8, 2019
After Sulli’s passing in October, many people have renewed her commitment to women’s issues and called for the expansion of mental health care and harsher punishment on the spreading of malicious comments.
source: @soompi, bandobyul, gyumstagram, soompi, xsportsnews, naver