Ending the Korean War: A Conference, Film screenings and Community Action
May 8-11th, 2013
2013 marked the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement, which brought a halt to the fighting. However, the Korean War has never ended and the current crisis only emphasizes the danger of renewed hostilities.
The May 8th film screenings and May 9th conference were sponsored by:
Korea Policy Institute, Center for Korean Studies, Asian Languages & Cultures, United Methodist Women, Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation, Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, National Campaign to End the Korean War, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, UCLA East Asian Library
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 – Film Screenings:
7 PM James Bridges Theater. UCLA .
Memory of Forgotten War by Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem (2013)
Memory of Forgotten War conveys the human costs of military conflict through deeply personal accounts of the Korean War (1950-53) by four Korean-American survivors. Their stories take audiences through the trajectory of the war, from extensive bombing campaigns, to day-to-day struggle for survival and separation from family members across the DMZ. Decades later, each person reunites with relatives in North Korea, conveying beyond words the meaning of family loss. These stories belie the notion that war ends when the guns are silenced and foreshadow the future of countless others displaced by ongoing military conflict today.
The Woman, The Orphan and The Tiger by Jane Jin Kaisen (2010)
The Woman, The Orphan, and The Tiger follows a group of international adoptees and other women of the Korean diaspora in their twenties and thirties. It explores the ways in which trauma is passed on from generations to the present through a sense of being haunted.
The filmmakers were present and spoke at the screenings.
Thursday, May 09, 2013: Ending the Korean War Conference
9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Main Conference Room, Charles E. Young Research Library
|9:30||WelcomeJohn Duncan, UCLAChristine Hong, Korea Policy Institute and UC Santa Cruz|
|9:40 – 10:20||Keynote AddressBruce Cumings, University of Chicago|
|10:20 – 12:00|| Panel 1: Testimonials (moderated by Namhee Lee, UCLA)Moon Jae Pak, MD, Chairman of US-North Korea Medical Science Exchange CommitteeSyngman Rhee, Reverend, former President of the National Council of Churches USA
George and Dorothy Ogle, former missionaries to Korea
James Chun, Korean American resident of LA and separated family member
|12:00 – 12:30|| Teaching Initiative to End the Korean War Workshop
led by Albert Park, Claremont McKenna College and Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea
|12:30 – 1:15||Lunch|
|1:15 – 2:50|| Panel 2: Gender and Militarism (moderated by Sung-ok Lee, United Methodist Women)Young Hee Jeong, peace activist from Jeju IslandHosu Kim, Assistant Professor of Sociology at City University of New York
Christine Ahn, board member of Korea Policy Institute
|2:50 – 3:00||Break|
|3:00 – 4:20|| Panel 3: People-to-People Programs /North Korean Humanitarian Assistance (moderated by Christine Hong, Korea Policy Institute and UC Santa Cruz)Pilju Kim Joo, founder of Agglobe Services InternationalIndong Oh, MD, orthopedic surgeon, Los Angeles
Erich Weingartner, editor of CanKor
|4:20 – 4:50||Closing Discussion and Wrap-up RemarksPaul Liem, Korea Policy Institute|
Open to the Public.
Cost : Free
Friday, May 10th, 2013
Day of Action – a gathering of faith based community members concerned about peace in Korea.
Sponsored by the United Methodist Women
Saturday, May 11th, 2013
Community gathering of Korean Americans active on Korea and Korean American related issues.
Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance