With love and determination for peace
With love and determination for peace
"Peace in Northeast Asia That We Create Together"
This is a presentation by a Korean peace activist Kim Yeonghwan, followed by discussion. Kim, former Executive Director of the peace museum 'Grassroots House' in Kochi, Japan, will cover a broad range of topics such as the bone excavation project of Korean forced labourers, the meaning of the Japanese Constitution Article 9 in the Northeast Asian, democratization movement in Korea, exchange between North and South Korea, U.S. bases in Korea, history of Japan and Korea, and Koreans in Japan (zainichi).
Date and Time: 6:15 - 7:30 PM April 4th (Wed.) * Note the Time Change
Place: Seminar Room 604, Asian Centre, 1871 West Mall, UBC Campus
Organized by: BAYT (Bringing Asian Youths Together)
Sponsored by: Peace Philosophy Centre
* Note - this event is followed by a social - maybe dinner or drink somewhere on campus. Please join in!
Former Executive Director of A Peace Museum Grassroots House in Kochi,Japan. Co-director of "East Asia Collaborative Workshop." Instructor of Peace Studies at Kochi Junior College and Kochi University.
Kim Yeonghwan was born in Chungju-si, Korea. M.A. in Sociology from Sogang University. His master's thesis was on nationalism in Korea.Since 1996 Kim has been active in "Okedongmu Children in Korea," a program that arranges meeting of North and South Korean children to promote peace and reconciliation. Kim came to Japan for the first time in 1997 to participate in the excavation of bones of Korean forced labourers in Shumarinai, Hokkaido - the project now known as "East Asia Collaborative Workshop." In 2000, Kim was hospitalized for a serious injury he suffered during snow removal work in Shumarinai. He was so touched by the kindness of the people of Japan who helped him then that he decided to stay and work for a peace museum in Kochi. Kim's lifework is building solidarity among citizens of the East Asia for peace and understanding.
On Friday, February 16th, Bringing Asian Youths Together organized the event to show the film,
The film covers many issues surrounding the
I was very happy to see the lively discussion. It was very interesting to see the issue of Article 9 from many perspectives. We hope to provide you with more opportunities to discuss freely about a variety of issues in
Bringing Asian Youths Together
I saw this movie before, but unfortunately I had to run to my class, so I didn't attend the discussion part last time. This time is my first time, for the discussion.
This movie impressed me and changed me a lot, I think. I've heard about the Article 9 issue before, but, at that time, I strongly believed this was "Japanese' s business", I should not put my claws on it--isolationism, I think, :-). It is this movie told me that the spirits of Article 9, such as peace and non-violence, should be known by all the people in the world, and saving Article 9 is not only some "JAPANESE" businesses about "JAPANESE" issues; it is something about peace and love for all the human beings.
It is great to have Dr. Matsi here, giving us his opinion about North East Asia issues. Pepole in North East Asia are poor, in words of peaceful life, I think. Those lands have been the battlefield since the beginning of 20th century, and even now, the remains of clod war are still there. Under such a hard environment, I think, communication like this is very important. To hear from Dr. Matsui, and to hear from students with different background, we knew each other better. Through communication, we kill sterortype and we gain knowledge, so I think to have a talk is always good.
Interested in Asian international affairs? Want to learn more about it? Want to share your thoughts with friends from other countries? Bringing Asian Youths Together (BAYT), in cooperation with UBC Asian Studies Interest Association (ASIA) and Peace Philosophy Centre, will be showing the documentary film, Japan’s Peace Constitution http://www.cine.co.jp/kenpo/english.html). A showing of the film (78 min) will be followed by the guest speaker, Dr. Shigenori Matsui from UBC Faculty of Law.
Date: Friday, February 16th.
Venue: Henry Angus 215 /UBC
*If you are planning on attending the event, RSVP to Hyunsoo Cho at firstname.lastname@example.org. As soon as we confirm the venue, we will e-mail you.
Refreshments will be provided.
Japan’s Peace Constitution
In 2005, sixty years after the end of World War II, the conservative Japanese government is pressing ahead with plans to revise the nation's constitution and jettison its famous no-war clause, Article 9. This timely, hard-hitting documentary places the ongoing debate over the constitution in an international context: What will revision mean to Japan's neighbors, Korea and China? How has the US-Japan military alliance warped the constitution and Japan's role in the world? How is the unprecedented involvement of Japan's Self-Defense Force in the occupation of Iraq perceived in the Middle East?
Dr. Shigenori Matsui
Professor Shigenori Matsui joined UBC Faculty of Law in January 2006 as Director of Japanese Legal Studies. Professor Matsui comes to UBC from Osaka University Law School where he worked as associate professor from April 1983 to March 1994; and as full professor from April 1994 to December 2005. He worked for Osaka University, Faculty of Law, until he joined the newly established law school in 2004. He taught courses in Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Mass Media Law, Freedom of Information Law, Internet Law, and Law and Medicine. He also served as an Osaka University Council member from April 2003-March 2003 and served as associate dean for the law School, from April 2004 to December 2005.
Professor Matsui also served for the Japanese Government as a member of the National Freedom of Information Board, and as an examiner for the National Bar Examination Commission (Constitutional Law) as well as serving on a number of boards for Osaka Prefecture and numerous municipalities.
An internationally-renowned expert in the fields of Constitutional Law, Internet Law and Law and Medicine, he has been a visiting scholar at the University of California, University College London, the University of Washington, the University of Western Australia and here at the University of British Columbia (1990-91).