For Jane Jin Kaisen, a Jeju Island-born visual artist, who was adopted to Denmark in 1980, the island is much more than just her "ancestral land," or a place of biographical significance. "I think Jeju sits in a very special place in modern Korean history in relation to the early Cold War and division of Korea. The Jeju April 3 Uprising and following Massacre were kind of the precursors to the ideological conflicts that led to the 1950-53 Korean War," the Danish artist told The Korea Times. For many years, the legacy of a brutal military crackdown that occurred from 1947 to 1954 dominated the island. In the Jeju April 3 Uprising, civilian demonstrators opposed to the country's division were attacked and purged in an anti-communist campaign. The tragic incident took the lives of some 30,000 people ― nearly 10 percent of the island's population at the time. The truth of the brutality, however, remained suppressed for over five decades afterwards. Even still, the traumatic memories haunt many of the survivors.