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September 2009

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Updates and Announcements

SAVE THE DATE!

Please save Friday, November 6th, 2009 to celebrate Nodutdol’s Ten-Year Anniversary and our annual Kim-Chee Bowl!

Where: At 1199 SEIU on 310 W 43rd St, New York, NY 10036
When: 7PM to 11PM

Internship Announcement: Application Deadline: October 15, 2009

Through grassroots organizing, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development 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. To learn more about Nodutdol, go to http://www.nodutdol.org.

In 2009, Nodutdol, as part of a national coalition, launched a campaign for the ratification of a Peace Treaty on the Korean peninsula. The Peace Treaty Campaign involves mass outreach and education to college campuses and community organizations, a Peace Treaty cultural event with artists and performers, and a coordinated advocacy campaign targeting the State Department and legislators.

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The Time Is Now To Negotiate with North Korea

By Haeyoung Kim / Originally Published by the Korea Policy Institute

First the life and now the death of South Korea's activist turned President Kim Dae-Jung has opened the door to peace in Korea.

Kim Dae-Jung authored the "sunshine policy," which resulted in the June 2000 landmark summit between the leaders of North and South Korea — the first meeting since the country was divided in 1945. For over ten years, the "sunshine policy" significantly reduced military tensions on the Korean peninsula, opened the door for thousands of family members in divided Korea to meet in powerful and tearful reunions, and gave birth to real hope that reunification was not only possible, but inevitable. In over six decades of division, the "sunshine policy" represents the most peaceful and productive stretch of relations between North and South Korea, and justifiably earned former President Kim the Nobel Peace Prize.

With the death of Kim Dae-Jung last Tuesday, North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il sent a high-ranking delegation to Seoul to offer condolences and pay respects to the late former president, who had tirelessly advocated for cross-border reconciliation. This moment of national Korean unity through shared grief offers a new window for the Obama administration to improve relations with North Korea through diplomatic engagement.

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Report back: 8.15 Forum at New York University



The 64th anniversary of Korea’s liberation from Japanese colonial rule was commemorated on August 15th, 2009 in a public event at New York University sponsored by the 6.15 NY Committee and the NYU East Asian Studies Program.

In 1945, as World War II ended, Korea was liberated—and immediately divided. Ever since, the date of August 15th has signified both joy and tragedy for the Korean people. In a program that looked at the past and present, speakers and a video screening examined the consequences of this continued division and the recurrent tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Dr. Alex Choi of the 6.15 NY Committee, a group dedicated to the reunification of Korea, moderated a program that began with the video “Im Soo-Kyong’s Story.” This piece documents the south Korean student’s trip to north Korea back in 1989 and her subsequent walk back to south Korea across the DMZ—a dangerous, and incredibly emotional and symbolic act for the reunification of the country. The joy of the north Korean crowds that greeted her and her brave statements of unity made for wistful recollections, as she was subsequently sentenced to a ten-year prison term upon her return to south Korea. Such visits then—and now—remain illegal.

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Interview with Ash Hyejung Yoon



Provide a brief introduction about yourself and the work you do in Toronto.

I'm Ash Hyejung Yoon, born in Seoul, immigrated to Canada with the family at 8 years old. I was raised in Mississauga, a suburb of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and moved to Toronto when I was 18. Since 2001, I have been involved in various anti-racist, feminist grassroots initiatives. Among other things, I worked at a community radio station, CKLN 88.1FM as a news show host; co-directed a documentary about Toronto police accountability and community resistance to abuse of power called, Whose Cops; worked at a Centre for Women and Trans People; and was a member of a young women’s speaker’s bureau that conducted anti-oppression workshops across the GTA.

How did you get involved in this work?

My grade 12 English teacher, Mr. Webster, introduced me to Chomsky, and I began to develop an analysis around colonialism, imperialism, neoliberal globalization and its effects on communities and the environment. The student and labor mobilizations around the World Trade Organization’s Ministerial Conference in Seattle in 1999, and the Free Trade Agreement at the 3rd summit of the Americas in Quebec City in 2001, further politicized me. At this time, a lot of discourse emerged within communities of colour, which challenged the predominately white and middle-class led North American movement to examine itself around race, representation and inclusivity in the anti-neoliberal globalization struggle. It was through these discussions that I became involved in an indigenous and women colour collective, and began focusing my efforts in feminist, anti-violence initiatives.

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