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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Love and Korean Democracy— with Jimin Han, Yoojin Grace Wuertz, & E. Tammy Kim (AAWW EVENT)

Nodutdol is proud to co-sponsor AAWW’s June 22 event below:

Asian American Writer’s Workshop presents:

Love and Korean Democracy— with Jimin Han, Yoojin Grace Wuertz, & E. Tammy Kim

AAWW is celebrating two Korean American novelists whose new novels interrogate 1970s and 1980s Korean politics: Jimin Han and Yoojin Grace Wuertz, both born in Seoul. Both books follow university students, whether in the US and in Seoul, as they fall in love, build friendships, and understand how they relate to the turbulent changes in South Korean society. President Park Chung-hee’s 1970s authoritarian industrialization lays in the background of Wuertz’s novel, while Han’s flashes back to the student protests that helped inculcate Korean democracy.  Moderated by former AAWW Open City Fellow E. Tammy Kim of The New Yorker editorial staff.

The event will be on AAWWTV, livestreamed on Facebook. We debuted our livestream earlier this year with our Maxine Hong Kingston event with 8k+ views!

If interested, we ask that you share the word via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
Info and RSVP link can be found here:
rsvp at eventbrite

Facebook event link is here:
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And, Facebook Promo:
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Applications open for KEEP 2017!

The 2017 Korean Education and Exposure Program (KEEP) will bring experienced grassroots organizers from the Korean diaspora to meet with activists and organizers in South Korea. KEEP sets out to build a vision for a strategic transnational movement against militarism and fascist leadership and for worker’s rights and peace on the Korean peninsula. Participants will meet with South Korean movement leaders including labor and anti-militarism organizers. This one-week delegation will take place in November 2017 (specific dates to be determined).

When: 1 week in November

How to apply:

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

STOP THAAD: Koreans Struggle for Peace

Stop THAAD: Koreans Struggle for Peace

WHEN: Thursday, April 13, 2017, 6:30-9:30 PM

WHERE: King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center (KJCC) 53 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012

In the midst of political upheaval in South Korea, North Korea’s nuclear program, and uncertainty about Trump’s policy in Northeast Asia, citizens in Seongju and Gimcheon, South Korea, have been rallying and holding candlelight vigils for the past 8 months against the installation of a U.S. missile defense system (THAAD) in their region. The U.S. and South Korea claim THAAD is necessary to defend against North Korean ballistic missiles but locals fear its environmental effects, claim its real target is China, and believe it makes them ground zero for counterattacks. Why is this happening? What is THAAD?

Learn about this struggle from the front line activism of Mrs. Sounghey Kim, a leader in the citizen’s resistance leadership, and other speakers on the broader global context that underlies this latest conflict.

This National Tour is sponsored by Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea and Militarism in Asian and the Pacific, with support from Korea Policy Institute, Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation, and Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space.

This New York event is being cosponsored by Nodutdol, the Department of History and the A/P/A Institute of New York University, Bayan USA, Vets for Peace, NYC Chapter 34, The Granny Peace Brigade, and International Action Center.

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Monday, March 13, 2017

PINKS Documentaries In NYC 2017 (연분홍치마 뉴욕 상영회)


PINKS (from Korea) Documentaries In NYC 2017 (연분홍치마 뉴욕 상영회) - April 1 (Saturday) - April 4 (Tuesday)
- Four days of New films from Korea - and Talks with Directors

For the first time in New York, a series of documentary films from Korea addressing issues rarely seen by American audiences.  Films on LGBTQ and Workers’ struggles, a feminist fashion designer, and the tragedy of state violence against citizens over gentrification, these films represent the range of struggles that Koreans have been facing, and give some insight into a society that is currently wrestling with a presidential impeachment, bribery scandals, neoliberal labor policies, turmoil over U.S.military actions and a still tense situation with the northern half of the peninsula. Seven of the eight films presented are from PINKS: Solidarity for Sexually Minor Cultures and Human Rights! ( an activist collective in Korea.

April 1 (Saturday) at SVA - MFA (136 W 21 St. NYC)
1) Two Doors (101 mins)
2) The Remnants (133 mins)
3) Welcome Party @ Nodutdol office

April 2 (Sunday) at SVA - MFA (136 W 21 St. NYC)
1) Coming Full Circle: The Journey of a Transgendered Korean Adoptee (24 mins)
2) Miracle on Jongno Street (109 mins)
3) The Times of Our Lives (110 mins)
4) 3xFTM (115 mins)

April 3 (Monday) at SVA - MFA (136 W 21 St. NYC)
1) Nora Noh (93 mins)

April 4 (Tuesday) at NYU Silver Center 207
1) Goodbye My Hero (110 mins)

For more details, please see Facebook Event Page or wordpress

Please RSVP for each of the days at the link below:
Saturday, April 1:
Sunday, April 2:
Monday, April 3:
Tuesday, April 4:

Please Donate to support this event at here

These seven documentaries were made in pursuit of the truth behind the state of sexual minorities’ rights that are being denied or worsened due to the Korean government’s stances against democratic values and human rights, as well as the scenes of people’s right to life threatened and workers’ rights violated by the state by documenting the stories of struggles of these Korean people standing up against the oppressive system. We believe that this screening will inspire the sexual minorities and people of the United States to find their own ways of resisting and building solidarity in their lives.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Spy Nation, Documentary

Nodutdol expresses deep condolence and regret that no truth has been revealed of the Sewol Ferry Sinking.  January 10, 2017 is the 1000th day from the Sewol Ferry Sinking.  In commemoration, New York Sesamo is hosting a free movie screening:

Spy Nation (자백) , Documentary
- English Subtitle Available
- Free Public Event

New York
When: January 8, 2017, Sunday, 5pm
Where: News M Office, 42-19 Bell Blvd. Bayside, NY 11361

New Jersey
When: January 15, 2017, Sunday, 5pm
Where: New Jersey Catholic Center, 110 West. Palisades Blvd. Palisades Park, NJ 07650

To read more:

To contact NY NJ Sesamo: ,
facebook: nysesamo


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Film Screening - The Targeted Village


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Friday, April 3, 2015

API People’s Solidarity Statement on the Indictment of NYPD Officer Peter Liang

API People’s Solidarity Statement on the Indictment of NYPD Officer Peter Liang 아태 민중연대 공개 성명

CONTACT: Meejin Richart, or Bernadette Ellorin,

April 3, 2015 - We, API People’s Solidarity (APIPS) first and foremost extend our love and solidarity to the family and loved ones of Akai Gurley whose life was stolen by the NYPD via Officer Peter Liang last December. APIPS commends the Brooklyn DA on the indictment of Officer Liang and supports the family of Akai Gurley in their pursuit of justice.
아태 민중연대 (APIPS)는 우선 지난 12월 뉴욕 경찰소속 Liang Peter경사에 의해서 목숨을 빼앗긴 Gurley Akai의 가족과 친지들에게 사랑과 연대의 뜻을 표합니다.  브루클린 검찰에의 기소 결정을 치하하고 Gurley가족의 정의추구를 지지합니다.

Our coalition stands in opposition to communities in Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Philadelphia, Boston and New York City who have announced plans to hold rallies in support of Peter Liang. The reasoning has been that Liang is a scapegoat because he is Asian, and they reference that officers Darren Wilson and Daniel Pantaleo, responsible for the murders of Mike Brown in Ferguson and Eric Garner in Staten Island, respectively, were not indicted. We as members of pan-Asian community understand the sentiments of wanting to take care of our own and to object when the criminal injustice system gets its death grip on a community member who is someone’s grandson, brother and son. In the case of Peter Liang, we know with certainty that to support his indictment is to stand on the side of justice. Officer Liang must be held accountable for his use of deadly force that led to the ending of Akai Gurley’s life.
우리 아태민중연대는 Liang경사의 기소결정을 반대하여 Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, Philadelphia, Boston and New York City 등 몇몇 지역사회에서Liang경사의 기소결정 철회를 요구하는집회를 하겠다는 발표에 반대함을 또한 표합니다.  기소결정 철회 주창의 근거는 퍼거슨 사태에서 Brown씨 및 스태튼 아일랜드에서 Garner씨를 살해했던 윌슨 경사와 판탤레오 경사들은 기소되지 않았음에도 Liang 경사가 동양인라는 희생양으로 기소가 되었다는 것입니다.  이는, 주류사회의 인종차별을 경험한 범아시아계 지역사회안에서는 충분히 공감할 수 있는 내용이나, 우리의 부모, 형제, 이웃을 죽음의 손아귀로 낚아채는 경찰폭력에 대한 당연한 형법 절차로써, 전체적인 조직구도 내에서 Liang 경사의 기소를 보는 것이 더 정확하다고 생각합니다.  현재 형사사법제도의 부조리, 불공정함을 개선하기 위해 우리는 싸워왔고, 그 대상 경찰이 아시안이기때문에 예외를 두어선 안되겠습니다. 

Justice for Akai Gurley and for all people who have been killed, beaten and had their rights violated by police around the country without an indictment, much less a conviction for their actions. We look to the case of Yong Xin Huang, a 16-year old who was killed 20 years ago this month in March 1995 by NYPD officer Steve Mizrahi in Bushwick. There was large community outcry when Huang was killed, and for good reason. Protesters, led by Huang’s family, called for an indictment of Mizrahi, and for good reason. In the case of Peter Liang, the Asian person is on the other side, and we as a community need to stand with the grieving family of Akai Gurley to demand justice for Akai and for all who have had their lives stolen by police.
Gurley, Garner, Brown뿐만이 아니라, 얼마나 무수히 많은 사람들이 시민의 지팡이라는 경찰에 의해서 인권을 유린당하고 살해되었는지, 그 범범 경찰들이 얼마나 많이 기소되지 않고 방면되었는지 우리는 기억해야합니다.  지난 3월은 1995년 당시 16살이던 황용신군을 Bushwick동네에서 뉴욕경찰 미즈라히 (Steve Mizrahi) 경사가 뒷목에 총을쏘아 죽인 20주년입니다. 그 때당시, 우리 아태 지역사회내의 많은 사람들이 미즈라히 경사의 기소를 요구하며 시위에 동참했고 형사사법제도의 불공정함을 항의했습니다.  지금 Gurley 사건의 량 경사는 그 때 황용신과 정반대의 입장에 서있습니다.  그러므로, 우리 아태 지역사회는 지금 Gurley의 가족의 외롭고 고단한 정의 추구에 공감하고 동참해야합니다.

We see the indictment of Officer Liang as the first necessary step toward holding the NYPD accountable to the communities it claims to protect and serve.
우리는 량 경사의 기소결정이 전체 뉴욕경찰이 지역사회에의 책임을 완수하고 시민의 지팡이로서 봉사하며 보호하는 원래의 목적을 달성하는데 첫걸음을 내딘것이라고 봅니다. 

We also know that the militarized policies and practices of policing in New York City have strong connections to impunity in our home countries in the Asia Pacific region and around the world. We continue to fight for justice for the murder of Jennifer Laude by U.S. Marine Joseph Pemberton in the Philippines. It is our duty as members of pan-Asian diasporic communities to ensure an end to impunity for all officers who kill civilians. We will continue to organize and speak out until all police officers and military personnel are held accountable for brutalizing and killing Black, Latino, Trans*, im/migrant, homeless, indigenous, Muslim and perceived to be Muslim community members.
또한 우리는 현재 아태지역에서 주둔하는 미국군대의 행동양식과 더욱 군사화되고 있는 뉴욕경찰의 지역사회에서의 행동양식에 유사점이 있음에 주목해야합니다.  우리 아태 민중연대는 미해병대 소속 펨버톤 (Joseph Pemberton)이 필리핀에서라우데 (Jennifer Laude)를 살해한 것에 대한 형사 정의를 추구하는 것 및 모든 민간인에 대한 미군 범죄를 척결하는 것에도 동참하고 있습니다.  국내에서는 경찰폭력에의한 부정의와 싸우고, 국외에서는 미군 범죄에 대한 부정의와 싸우는 것이 아태출신으로서 우리의 의무입니다.  우리는 뉴욕과 전 세계에서 아태계, 흑인계, 라틴계, 이민자, 성소수자, 노숙자, 현지원주민, 무슬림, 또는 무슬림이라 보여지는 주민들에 대한 그 모든 경찰과 미국 군대에 의한 과도한 탄압과 살해/살인을 묵과하지 않고 그들의 면책받지 않도록 목소리를 높여 투쟁할 것입니다.

APIPS joins the family of Akai Gurley and community in their call for Governor Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio, and the entire NY Justice Department to (re)examine the 179 NYPD-related killings from the past 15 years, of which only 3 have led to an indictment. We will continue to struggle against racist police killings targeting Black and Brown communities in the U.S., and we refuse for our communities to be used as a wedge in order to weaken the larger movement to end police murder, which is linked to the U.S. imperialist aggressions in the Asia-Pacific and around the world.
아태 민중연대는 뉴욕주지사 쿠오모, 시장 드 블레지오, 및 경찰 조직 전체가 지난 15년동안 179건의 경찰에 의한 시민 살해가 있었음에도 단 3건만 기소된 열악한 인권유린의 현실을 바로잡기를 촉구하는Gurley의 가족 및 지역사회의 요구에 동참합니다.  우리는 인종차별적으로 검은색, 갈색 피부의 지역사회에 중점적으로 일어나는 경찰폭력을 대항하여 미국내에서 일어나는 지역주민들의 투쟁에 동참하며, 세계와 아태지역에서 미국의 제국주의적 침략/폭력에 항거하는 각국의 국민들의 투쟁에 동참합니다.  흑색, 갈색 피부에 흑인계 및 더욱 군사화되고 있는 경찰은 심각한 문제이며, 많은 단체들이 이에 집중하여 활동을 하고 있는 현재, 우리 아태출신의 미국인들은 그에 발맞추어 동참을 선언합니다.  경찰의 인종차별적인 폭력과 미 제국주의적 만행은 분명한 연관성이 있으며, 지역 공동체들의 인종적 보호 감성이 보다 큰 사회의 정의 추구에 걸림돌이 되지 말아야함을 분명히 밝힙니다. 

Bayan USA National Alliance
CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
Civilian-Soldier Alliance
Eclipse Rising
Iraq Veterans Against the War
Island X
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
Sloths Against Nuclear State – SANS

#JusticeforAkaiGurley #BlackLivesMatter

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Jeju Gangjeong related events - NY/NJ

Sunday, March 22, 2015, 2-5 pm
Location: Dorothy Hirshon Suite, Arnhold Hall, the New School, 55 West 13th Street, Room I205, New York, NY 10011
“If You Don’t Give Up, You Can’t Lose.”


Hee Eun “Silver” Park and Paco Michelson, peace activists from the Jeju Island Anti-Naval Base struggle will be traveling across the US in March and April to share the story of the struggle through the screening of a new full-length documentary, and speaking about their personal experiences on Jeju Island, Korea.

Since 2007, the people of Gangjeong and their supporters have struggled everyday against state violence, corporate power, war profiteering, and environmental destruction. They have done so nonviolently and passionately. As a result of their work for peace, the tiny village of Gangjeong now has one of the highest “crime” rates in all of South Korea. More than 220,000 police officers (as of 2012) have been stationed in Gangjeong. So far, more than 700 arrests have been made, leading to approx. 200 court cases for more than 650 people, approx. $270,000 in fines levied, and 46 imprisonments. More than 30 internationals have been blacklisted, deported, or denied entry. All for the “crime” of peacefully resisting the construction of a naval base that threatens villagers’ livelihoods, the local ecology, and the peace of northeast Asia.

Silver and Paco will be speaking about the situation and struggle as well as sharing their personal experiences and those of their friends on Jeju.  They will also be raising funds for legal costs of the activists and villagers of Gangjeong. Many of Gangjeong villagers are farmers whose struggle for justice has meant sacrificing their crops. Many Gangjeong supporters work full-time for the struggle and rely on odd jobs and occasional field labor to survive. The fines are increasing and many people owe thousands of dollars they cannot afford to pay.

Come out to this event and hear the story, see the struggle, and donate to the brave peacemakers who are giving everything they can in this fight for justice.

Inquiries to:

Monday, March 23, 2015, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Co-sponsored by the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, Nodutdol, NYU Department of History, and NYU Department of East Asian Studies.
Location: Cantor Film Center, New York University, 36 E 8th St (bet. Greene St. and University Place), Manhattan, NY 10003
Film Screening of “Gureombi, the Wind is Blowing”


The Gureombi Rocks of Jeju Island are a unique land formation of boulders made from lava. Created by Director Cho Sung-bong, this film shows the desperate struggle of Gangjeong villagers and peace keepers on a daily basis to prevent a naval base from being built nearby and destroying the beautiful scenery of the World Natural Heritage site. It’s 100 min-long. One day only.  Silver and Paco will be presenting the film of Korean director Sung Bong Cho, Gureombi, The Wind is Blowing followed by a Q&A.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location: Rutgers University, Davison Hall, Room 128 (Douglas Campus), 26 Nichol Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Film Screening of “Gureombi, the Wind is Blowing”


At Rutgers University, Silver and Paco will be presenting the film of Korean director Sung Bong Cho, Gureombi, The Wind is Blowing followed by a Q&A.  Contact:

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