3/24/2007

Talk by Kim Yeonghwan

A BAYT Event in April

"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

Inquiries: bayt.ubc@gmail.com
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!

Kim Yeonghwan
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.

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