On September 11, 2013, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) held a press conference announcing the documentary screening fundraiser for the Asian Social Justice Internship Program and the start of a crowdfunding effort.

The Asian Social Justice Internship is an educational program run jointly by the Queensborough Community College’s Kupferberg Holocaust Center and KACE. This program teaches students of the College about war crimes perpetrated against Asia by Japan during World War II.

This program has been running for the past two semesters (Fall 2012 and Spring 2013) and students from various cultural backgrounds participate in it. The participating students learn about comfort women, forced labor, civilian massacre, and other war crimes in a structured manner, and interview survivors to document their testimonies. The students are taught by Dr Jimin Kim, a graduate from Columbia University, majoring in East Asian History. As the program goes on, the applicants are increasing. This is the only program in the United States that teaches about war crimes in Asia during World War II in conjunction with a post-secondary institution. However, this program may be cut due to a lack of budget.

This press conference was requested by KACE to announce their new documentary and the start of a new crowdfunding effort for this internship program.

KACE President Dongchan Kim, Chejin Park, Esq. and Chang Jong Kim, who created the documentary were present at this conference. Chang Jong Kim has been documenting KACE’s campaigns and events since 2007 and he is known to have the most information on KACE and the Korean American community.

This documentary is titled “Thank You, Students…” and the runtime is about thirty minutes. This documentary contains the events, details and results of the 1st and the 2nd session of the Asian Social Justice Internship program.

Mr. Chang Jong Kim stated that he was compelled to create a documentary after observing changes in people’s opinions and the students’ passion for the comfort women while he was reviewing the footages. He felt that this content was too valuable to be kept for records and that other people must see it to understand this program. Kim also stated that this documentary has no narration nor descriptions to further relay the students’ emotions and thoughts to the viewer without interruption.

Documentary Trailer

The screening of this documentary will be held on 7pm, Wednesday, September 25, at KCS (35-56 159th Street, Flushing, NY 11358). All those who are interested in this internship or donating to this internship are invited. A fundraising event will be held along with the screening.

Also, KACE President Dongchan Kim announced the start of a month-long crowdfunding campaign. The target amount is $20,0o0, which will be enough to continue this internship for a year (two semesters). Kim asked for support as even amounts as small as $5 or $10 can make a difference. “Even if one does not donate, visiting the funding site and publicly announcing their support for this internship will help,” Kim stated.

To participate in the crowdfunding, please click here or visit www.kace.org and look for the Asian Social Justice Internship icon on the right side.

To donate to this program by check, please make the check payable to KACE and send it to 35-20 147th Street, Ste 2D, Flushing, NY 11354.

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