Minister Kim Heejung, of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, Republic of Korea

Minister Kim Heejung, of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, Republic of Korea

On March 11th 2015, Minister Kim Heejung, of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family, Republic of Korea, paid a visit to the Bergen County Comfort Women Memorial at the Bergen County Courthouse in Hackensack, NJ. After laying flowers in front of the memorial, she urged KACE to further continue in their endeavors to raise awareness of the ‘comfort women’ issue with utmost responsibility so that more people can visit the memorial and be educated of the atrocities committed by Japan. Dongsuk Kim, the steering committee chair of KACE, who also joined the event, stated that the Bergen County Comfort Women Memorial was erected on International Women’s Day on March 8th, and explained how the monument stands in the vicinity of other monuments commemorating the Holocaust, Armenian Genocide, the Irish Great Hunger, and African American Slavery. After visiting the monument, Minister Kim Heejung went to KACE New Jersey office, and discussed the significance of the ‘comfort women’ issue and expressed gratitude to KACE for their efforts in improving the non-governmental diplomacy. In this meeting, Dongchan Kim, president of KACE, and Dongsuk Kim, the steering committee chair, attended.

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On March 10th 2015, three female members of the National Assembly (You Jee-young,  Hwang In-ja, and Nam Yoon In-sun) visited the Bergen County Comfort Women Memorial and KACE New Jersey Office. Dr. Jimin Kim from Queens College was also present. During the brief meeting, they stressed the importance of remembering and commemorating the ‘comfort women’ issue.

Congresswomen Nam Yoon In-sun, Hwang In-ja, You Jee-young; Dongchan Kim President of KACE; Dr. Jimin Kim of Queens College

National Assemblywomen Nam Yoon In-sun, Hwang In-ja, You Jee-young; Dongchan Kim President of KACE; Dr. Jimin Kim of Queens College

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