October 9, 2013Suzy Kim, "Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-50"
During the founding of North Korea, competing visions of an ideal modern state proliferated. Independence and democracy were touted by all, but plans for the future of North Korea differed in their ideas about how everyday life should be organized. Daily life came under scrutiny as the primary arena for social change in public and private life. In her book Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945–1950, Suzy Kim examines the revolutionary events that shaped people’s lives in the development of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. By shifting the historical focus from the state and the Great Leader to how villagers experienced social revolution, Kim offers new insights into why North Korea insists on setting its own course.
Kim’s innovative use of documents seized by U.S. military forces during the Korean War and now stored in the National Archives—personnel files, autobiographies, minutes of organizational meetings, educational materials, women’s magazines, and court documents—together with oral histories allows her to present the first social history of North Korea during its formative years. In an account that makes clear the leading role of women in these efforts, Kim examines how villagers experienced, understood, and later remembered such events as the first land reform and modern elections in Korea’s history, as well as practices in literacy schools, communal halls, mass organizations, and study sessions that transformed daily routine.
Suzy Kim is Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures at Rutgers University. She received her Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago. Her current research focuses on North Korea’s social and cultural history. Her book “Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950” was just published in August 2013 by Cornell University Press. Her teaching and research interests focus on Korea, with particular attention to gender studies, oral history, and social theory.
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October 22, 2013
Dai Sil Kim, "People are the Sky: North Korea"
Born in northern Korea when it was under Japanese colonial rule, Dai Sil Kim-Gibson came to the United States in 1962 to pursue graduate studies. She received her Ph.D. in religion from Boston University, and taught at Mount Holyoke College, which was followed by her career as a federal and state government employee: senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities and director of the media program of the New York State Council on the Arts.
She resigned from the New York State Council on the Arts to pursue a film career in 1988, going on to make an array of award-winning films. Sa-I-Gu (3/4" video, 36 minutes), or “April 29,” about the 1992 Los Angeles crisis from the perspectives of Korean woman shopkeepers, was praised by the Washington Post as “a passionate point of view piece.” A Forgotten People: The Sakhalin Koreans (16 mm, 59 minutes), her film about the forced Korean laborers on Sakhalin island, victims of World War II and the Cold War, was called “a bracing reminder of the human victims in the global chess game played by superpowers” by the Los Angeles Times. Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women, a powerful documentary about Korean women forced into sexual servitude by the Japanese Imperial Military during World War II, was called "a wrenching and formally inventive film," by the Village Voice,"A hauntingly brilliant film,” by the Asian Week, Los Angeles. Wet Sand: Voices from LA (2004) explores the aftermath of the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest and has been shown at numerous festivals in the United States and abroad. Her most recent film, Motherland (Cuba Korea USA), had a sold out world premiere at the 11th Pusan International Film Festival in October, 2006 and other festivals. It is currently distributed by Women Make Movies in New York City. In addition, she produced and wrote America Becoming, a feature documentary, and Olivia's Story ,a 14-minute drama, which Charles Burnett directed.
All of her documentaries, including America Becoming, were nationally broadcast on PBS, distributed worldwide, and garnered many awards. Olivia's Story was cablecast on the Sundance Channel in 2001, and was an official selection of the Toronto International Film Festival. An author of numerous articles, Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women is her first book (“unforgettable,” the Philadelphia Inquirer). She published her second book, Looking for Don: A Meditation, in January 2012. She has compiled and annotated her husband’s solo memoir, Iowa Sky: A Memoir (2013). Her own memoir, Korean Sky, will follow after completing the NK film. She also has plans to write and produce, Shoulder Friends, her life story with her husband, as a feature drama with a much respected and loved African American director/writer, Charles Burnett.
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November 6, 2013
George Katsiaficas, "The Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C."
George Katsiaficas is a Professor of Humanities at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He is a long-time activist, whose writings include books on the global uprising of 1968 and European social movements. Together with Kathleen Cleaver, he edited Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party. He recently completed a two-volume book, Asia’s Unknown Uprisings, dealing with popular occupations of public space in Asia in the 1980s and 1990s. Vol. 1 focuses on South Korean social movements in the 20th Century.
A Fulbright Fellow, student of Herbert Marcuse, and long-time activist, he is also the author of The Imagination of the New Left: A Global Analysis of 1968. His book, The Subversion of Politics: European Autonomous Social Movements and the Decolonization of Everyday Life, was co-winner of the 1998 Michael Harrington book award. Among his edited volumes are Liberation, Imagination and the Black Panther Party (with Kathleen Cleaver) and Vietnam Documents: American and Vietnamese Views of the War. He wrote Introduction to Critical Sociology with R.G. Kirkpatrick.
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December 4, 2013
Ronda Hauben, “The Media War at the UN and the DPRK: Why Netizen Journalism Matters”
Ronda Hauben is a journalist and researcher. She covers the United Nations and UN related issues on her blog at taz.de, “Netizen Journalism and the New News”. Her articles exposing the political nature of the US government blacklisting of the Banco Delta Asia led to her being shortlisted for one of the prizes awarded by the United Nations Correspondents Association at the United Nations in 2007. In 2008 she was the recipient of the Silver, Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for Excellence in Journalism in written media (including online media) for her coverage of the UN and its agencies. She has covered the UN since 2006 as a resident correspondent, first for OhmyNews International, and more recently for taz.de, the online web site for Die Tageszeitung newspaper. Her articles have appeared in a number of other web sites or publications including Global Times (China), Global Research (Canada), The 4th Media (China),and Hankyoreh (ROK-English online edition).
Ronda Hauben has given invited talks in Europe, North America, Africa, China and the ROK. She is co-author with Michael Hauben of the book “Netizens: On the History and Impact of the Usenet and the Internet.” The book is a pioneering study of the history and social impact of the Internet. A print edition of Netizens appeared in 1997 in English and also in Japanese. The book was put online in 1994.
She is interested in the impact the Internet and netizens can make in transforming our society. In her blog she focuses on the potential of the Net and netizens to make possible a new, more inclusive and more accurate form of journalism, which she calls “netizen journalism."
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