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Updates and Announcements

The 2010 KEEP application process has begun! Applications will be due by March 15, 2010. Please spread the word to your family, friends and colleagues.

You can directly download an application packet here:
http://www.facebook.com/l/7ee1f;bit.ly/b8xJX5

You can also learn more about KEEP here:
http://www.facebook.com/nationalkeep

About KEEP
The Korea Education & Exposure Program (KEEP) was founded in 1994 by activists in NYC, Los Angeles and Seoul who wanted to help build solidarity and learn from the struggles for peace, social justice and unification taking place in Korea.

The summer program is designed to broaden understanding of and participation in the liberation struggles and unification of the Korean people. We hope that such knowledge will be a catalyst for a new generation of progressive activism and leadership.

Mission:
KEEP is one of three unique education and exposure programs a part of Nodutdol | 노둣돌. Through grassroots organizing and community development, Nodutdol seeks to bridge divisions created by war, nation, gender, sexual orientation, language, class, and generation among Koreans and to empower our community to address the injustices 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.


We look forward to receiving your applications to participate in this incredible summer program.

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우리 같이 한국어를 배웁시다! Let’s all learn Korean together!

Nodutdol for Korean Community Development’s Korean Language Program is now accepting students for the 2010 Spring Session II.

If you are interested, please contact us at or 718-335-0419.

Please see below for the class schedules.

BEGINNER III:
4/6/10 to 6/8/10 (10 weeks)
Tuesdays 6:30-8:30pm
Some basic knowledge of Korean language [Korean alphabet, basic greetings, numbers, etc.] required.

INTERMEDIATE:
4/7/10 to 6/910 (10 weeks)
Tuesdays or Wednesdays 6:30-8:30pm
Students with about 7-8 months of Korean language Instruction.
Corresponding level of Korean proficiency to conduct basic social activities.
Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing.

+ Classes are held in Mid-Manhattan. Each class will be small (a maximum of 10
students) and focus on developing conversational Korean language skills in an
informal atmosphere.

+ Tuition : $300 per 10-week session
($225 for Nodutdol members, low income and students)

*You can make a payment on-line: http://nodutdol.org/index.php/Lang_class/

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Spotlight on Korean Language Program Student Wales Khoo



On a recent cold winter evening Nodutdol member Lilian Lee sat down with Korean Language Program student Wales Khoo to ask him about his experiences learning Korean.

L. Lee: How long have you been taking Nodutdol’s Korean classes?

Wales: This is my second year of taking Nodutdol’s Korean classes, I’m currently in my fifth semester.

L. Lee: Wow, so that’s why your Korean is so good!

Wales: Well, it’s getting there, with help from my teachers…

L. Lee: Speaking of teachers, which teacher would you recommend?

Wales: I’ve had three teachers and every one of them was very good. I wouldn’t choose one over the other, they all have different styles and personalities.

L. Lee: You’re very diplomatic, but I would agree, all of our Korean class teachers are very talented! By the way, I heard you speak five other languages, what are they?

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Envisioning a World Free of Nuclear Weapons: the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty

By Hyun Lee and Juyeon Rhee

Hundreds of nations and civil society groups will gather in New York City from May 3 to 28 for the 2010 Review Conference of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). We can be sure that during the conference at the United Nations, the mainstream U.S. media won’t be at a loss for words when it comes to bashing North Korea for its nuclear weapons. It is up to the grassroots peace movement to make sure the U.S. government doesn’t use the issue of Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs as distractions to deflect the public spotlight from the real issue at hand – the responsibility of the United States to take genuine steps toward eliminating its nuclear arsenal, the largest in the world.

What is the NPT?

The NPT was introduced in 1968 by Ireland and Finland to address growing international fears and cap the arsenals of nuclear weapons states, especially the United States and the former Soviet Union, which were locked in a dangerous arms race that threatened the world with nuclear destruction.1 Since then, 189 states, including the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – all nuclear weapons states - have signed onto the treaty.2 At the core of the NPT are three aims: 1. Non-proliferation (i.e. parties to the treaty agree not to transfer nuclear weapons or nuclear weapons technology to/from other states); 2. Disarmament (i.e. nuclear weapons states agree to enter good faith negotiations to eliminate their nuclear arsenals); and 3. Peaceful use of nuclear energy (i.e. all parties have the sovereign right to develop nuclear technology for peaceful purposes).3 Parties to the treaty meet every five years to review progress on the NPT's stated goals and agree on new benchmarks.

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Nodutdol Welcomes Two More Interns!

New Spring 2010 interns Mark Choy (Hunter College) and Maro Kim (NYU) joined returning intern Hyein Lee (NYU) to help with base building efforts for the Peace Treaty Campaign.

Currently, the interns are working on several projects including workshops for the East Coast Asian American Student Union (ECAASU) at University Pennsylvania; a presentation at the Bluestockings Bookstore; and revamping the Peace Treaty blog. The interns and supervisors are excited about launching the blog on Friday March 5 and updating it with stimulating media! Please check out http://peacetreaty.wordpress.com for interesting stories and to follow our countdown posts (every Friday) until the 60th anniversary since the outbreak of the Korean War.

More About the Interns:

Hyein Lee is an international student from South Korea studying at New York University. With graduation looming around the corner, she is trying to hatch a plan to remain in the U.S. Hyein became committed to the Peace Treaty Campaign because she believes the Korean peninsula needs to break free from the residues of the Cold War.

Ma Ro Kim is a senior undergraduate student at New York University whose concentration of study includes politics, economics, and international relations. She is currently an intern at Nodutdol, assisting and participating in the Peace Treaty Campaign and various other activities to promote peace and justice in Korea.

Mark Choy is a Hunter College attendee whose area of concentration includes English-Creative Writing and Urban Studies. As a true philospoher, his interest in Nodutdol's internship program came about through the area of public policy and through seeking to understand cultures wholely and the effect that war plays upon them.

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