On May 21st, 2014, Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) and the Kupferberg Holocaust Center of Queensborough Community College hosted the Northeast Asian History Internship Award Ceremony in the Kupferberg Holocaust Center. This internship was first started in 2012 for the purpose of educating college students about atrocities committed by the Japanese armed forces before and during World War II, with a focus on the violation of women’s rights through the implementation of the “Comfort Women.”
The third session of the internship was opened again after the program came to a halt due to shortage of fund in 2013, making it especially memorable. KACE President Dongchan Kim stated that the interns of the third session went beyond the program objective of learning about the “Comfort Women” atrocity by organizing and carrying out new activities on their own. The interns who were awarded at the ceremony made a presentation on their interview with the “Comfort Women” survivors at the House of Sharing, and presented their accomplishments made throughout the internship.
The interns made portraits of the survivors whom they interviewed, created posters to raise awareness about the truth of “Comfort Women,” and published an article about the “Comfort Women” on the Queensborough Community College newspaper. Interns also created a Facebook page titled “Asian Social Justice Program,” and one intern designed a homepage (www.wwang58.com) dedicated to sharing resources about the “Comfort Women.”
10 Interns from the third session were awarded on this day, and Assemblyman Ron Kim (Dem., 40th District) was also present to encourage the interns further. Interns were awarded with certificatse from the Holocaust Center, Assemblyman Ron Kim, Assembyman Edward Braunstein, and Senator Toby Ann Stavisky.
KACE President Dongchan Kim emphasized that the internship program must not end as one-time event, but must continue for generations to educate the American youths. He also expressed his concern about lack of funding and urged the attendees of the ceremony for financial support. To support the Northeast Asian History Program, please visit www.kace.org and make an on-line donation, or call 718-961-4117 to make donation over the phone.