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The (Unending) Korean War

The (Unending) Korean War

Academic conference, films, panels and exhibition talk
April 22-23, 2011
Exhibition: April 7-May 13th, 2011
New York University

Free and Open to the Public

Why doesn’t the Korean War end? An academic conference, art exhibit, and series of film screenings examine this war, and the ways in which it has reconfigured memory, political economies, knowledge and culture on both sides of the Pacific, leaving legacies of uprootedness and unending conflict. From Cold war culture to national security policies, “The Unending Korean War” will contextualize the current crisis with new scholarship, films and art in a two day event and a month long art exhibit.

To bring scholars from different disciplines, backgrounds and perspectives with artists, filmmakers, students and the broader community to re-examine this on-going war that has impacted, and continues to affect the societies and culture of the U.S., the Koreas, and the rest of Asia.

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Unending Korean War – Conference, Films and Art Exhibition at NYU

Young Choe and JT Takagi discuss the conference.

[YC]: JT, can you tell what this conference is, and why a conference like this is happening now, at this point in history? Why is it important?

[JT]: First of all, the conference is this April 22-23, 2011 at New York University, and its website is

As to why this is happening now - 2010 was the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War – and not very many people in the U.S. realize this war never actually ended. Only a temporary armistice was signed – but no peace treaty. So the state of war continues.

The National Campaign to End the Korean War, which Nodutdol is a member of, has been working to make people aware, to educate communities and policy makers that the war danger that exists on the Korean peninsula right now – is rooted in the fact that no peace treaty was ever signed.

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Introducing New Members!


Kevin has lived and studied in L.A., Chicago, Seoul, Ann Arbor, MI and New York. He is currently an English major at New York University. He is also committed to peace and reconciliation in Korea. He has a passion for doing anything in the outdoors and loves eating cheeseburgers.


Mark Ro Beyersdorf is a queer, second-generation mixed-race Korean American originally from San Diego, CA. He has worked for grassroots organizations, political campaigns, the federal government, and national civil rights organizations on issues of racial justice and sexual exploitation for over seven years. He moved to New York in 2010 to join the staff of the Educational Equity and Youth Rights Project at the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF). At AALDEF, he oversees federal education policy advocacy, organizes with NYC coalitions working on issues impacting local AAPI students, and coordinates the National Asian American Education Advocates Network. Prior to AALDEF, Mark worked on the staff of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) for then-chair Congressman Mike Honda and as a Field Organizer for the Obama Campaign in rural Ohio.

In South Korea, Mark has lived in Seoul, where most of his extended family resides, to study at Sogang University, work with sex workers, and research the lives of native Koreans of mixed-race in Seoul. In 2010, he was part of the Korea Education and Exposure Program (KEEP) delegation.

In addition to his AAPI community work, Mark has extensive field and policy experience working on sex trafficking and prostitution issues. He has worked with organizations addressing these issues along the San Diego/Tijuana border as well as in Seoul and Washington, D.C. He currently serves on the Board of Survivors Connect, an NGO that works to combat human trafficking using the arts, social media, and technology.

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Nodutdol eNews is the monthly e-mail newsletter of Nodutdol.Through grassroots organization and community development, Nodutdol seeks to bridge divisions created by war, nation, gender, sexual orientation, language, classes and generation among Koreans and to empower our community to address the injustice we and other people of color face here and abroad. Nodutdol works in collaboration with other progressive organizations locally, nationally and internationally as part of a larger movement for peace and social change.

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