Letter to My Children
It's the year 1905. Lured by a newspaper announcement, 1,033 Koreans endure an arduous voyage across the Pacific Ocean in search of a better life in Mexico. Among them are the 2-year old Lim Cheon Taek and his mother. The promised land never materialises as, upon arrival, the Korean migrants find themselves sold off to farm owners as indentured laborers. When they are finally freed four years later, they are unable to return home as Japan has colonised Korea, leaving them stateless. Lim Cheon Taek, now 18, and his new wife journey onward to Cuba, where only more poverty and discrimination await them. He yearns to go back to Korea and supports its fight for independence from Japan from afar by collecting small amounts of funds. As time passes Lim Cheon Taek begins to reflect what homeland means to him and what it might mean to his children and grandchildren, who have never even set foot in Korea.