Category Archives: Birthday

Ki Hajar Dewantara Google Doodle

Ki Hajar Dewantara

Ki Hadjar Dewantara (born May 2, 1889) was a leading Indonesian independence movement activist, writer, columnist, politician, and pioneer of education for native Indonesians in Dutch colonial times. He founded the Taman Siswa school, an institution that provides educations for indigenous commoners, which otherwise was limited to the Javanese aristocracy and the Dutch colonials. He was honored as a National Hero of Indonesia by Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno, on 28 November 1959.

Shoen Uemura Google Doodle

Shoen Uemura: 140th Birthday of the Japanese painter

Shoen Uemura (born April 23, 1875) was the pseudonym of an important woman artist in Meiji, Taishō and early Shōwa period Japanese painting. Her real name was Uemura Tsune. Shoen Uemura was known primarily for her bijinga paintings of beautiful women in the nihonga style, although she also produced numerous works on historical themes and traditional subjects.

Gabriela Mistral

Gabriela Mistral: 126th birthday

Gabriela Mistral (born April 7, 1889) was the pseudonym of Lucila Godoy Alcayaga, a Chilean poet-diplomat, educator and feminist. Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American (and, so far, the only Latin American woman) to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which she did in 1945 “for her lyric poetry which, inspired by powerful emotions, has made her name a symbol of the idealistic aspirations of the entire Latin American world”.

Hwang Sun-won

Hwang Sun-won: 100th Birthday of the Korean Poet

Hwang Sun-won was born while Korea was under Japanese colonial rule in Taedong, South Pyongan, in modern-day North Korea. Hwang Sun-won made his literary debut as a middle school student with the publication in 1931 of his poems “My Dream” (Naui kkum) and “Fear Not, My Son” (Adeura museowo malla) in Eastern Light (Donggwang).