KACE President Dongchan Kim, KACE Staff Attorney Chejin Park, KACE NY & NJ Interns, Dr. Yangnim Kurz, Dr. Arthur Flug, Painter Steven Cavallo, Mr. Larry Kurz

KACE President Dongchan Kim, KACE Staff Attorney Chejin Park, KACE NY & NJ Interns, Dr. Yangnim Kurz, Dr. Arthur Flug, Painter Steven Cavallo, Mr. Larry Kurz

In collaboration with All Souls Church in Manhattan (1157 Lexington Ave, New York), KACE co-hosted a seminar titled “Comfort Women: Why 200,000 WWII Sex Slaves Matter Today” on Thursday, October 23rd. A joint effort between KACE and Dr. Yangnim Kurz–a retired obstetrician/gynecologist and member of the congregation at All Souls Church–this seminar aimed to raise awareness of the issue of “comfort women” and encourage participating in the ongoing international resolution effort among non-Korean Americans.

An audience of 50 learned about the forced sexual slavery commited by the Imperial Japanese Government during the World War II, by watching a documentary and listening to the speeches by Professor Ok Cha Soh of Washington Coalition of Comfort Women Issues and by Dr. Arthur Flug of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at Queensboro Community College.

Also among the panel speakers was Mr. Steven Cavallo, who graciously displayed 10 selections of his portrait series on the “Comfort Women” victims.

Painter Steven Cavallo

Painter Steven Cavallo

At the end of the seminar, most of the attendees who had not been aware of the “Comfort Women” issue made such remarks as “I learned the hidden side of the World War II,” and “it is such a heartbreaking story.” Dr. Flug of the Holocaust Resource Center further regret on the lack of education on the human rights violation issues like the “Comfort Women” and hoped that more help is needed with the efforts like the Asian Social Justice Internship and interactive software explaining the “Comfort Women” issue being developed at the Holocaust Resource Center.

Panel Speakers on stage: Chejin Park, KACE Staff Attorney; Dr. Arthur Flug, Executive Director of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives; Professor Ok Cha Seo

Panel Speakers on stage: Chejin Park, KACE Staff Attorney; Dr. Arthur Flug, Executive Director of the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives; Professor Ok Cha Seo

For more information on the sexual slavery/human rights violation issue (otherwise known as the “Comfort Women”) and on other civic efforts:

Transcript of Dr. Ok Cha Soh’s testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives

Online streaming of a documentary on the “Comfort Women” and the surviving victims “One Last Cry” made by Arirang TV

Asian Social Justice Internship Program

In collaboration with All Souls Church in Manhattan (1157 Lexington Ave, New York), KACE co-hosted a seminar titled “Comfort Women: Why 200,000 WWII Sex Slaves Matter Today” on Thursday, October 23rd. A joint effort between KACE and Dr. Yangnim Kurz–a retired obstetrician/gynecologist and member of the congregation at All Souls Church–this seminar aimed to raise awareness of the issue of “comfort women” and encourage participating in the ongoing international resolution effort among […]

On June 13, 2013, Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-9) notified Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) that his office forwarded KACE’s letter requesting President Obama to speak at the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland about the comfort women issue to Miguel Rodriguez, the assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs.

KACE’s letter was delivered to both Rep. Pascrell and Rep. Michael Honda during the latter person’s visit to the comfort women memorial in Palisades Park. KACE requested that the comfort women issue be included in the G8 proceedings.

The following is Rep. Pascrell’s letter and the letter sent by KACE.

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Click Here for the PDF Version of Rep. Pascrell’s Letter

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Click Here for KACE’s Letter in PDF

On June 13, 2013, Rep. Bill Pascrell (NJ-9) notified Korean American Civic Empowerment (KACE) that his office forwarded KACE’s letter requesting President Obama to speak at the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland about the comfort women issue to Miguel Rodriguez, the assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs. KACE’s letter was delivered to both Rep. Pascrell and Rep. Michael Honda during the latter person’s visit to the comfort […]

On June 11, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, a meeting between the Korean American community leaders in New York and Representative Peter Roskam (IL-6) was held at the offices of the Korean American Association of Greater New York. Rep. Roskam is currently 4th in rank at the House Republicans and has considerable influence over politics in Washington. He is currently in the Ways and Means Committee and serves […]

  On July 24, Korean American Civic Empowerment (former Korean American Voters’ Council) conducted the 5th Anniversary of the Comfort Women Resolution (H.Res.121), which was passed on July 30, 2007 at US Capitol Visitor Center. On this event, Korean American Civic Empowerment’s (KACE) staffs and interns, and Comfort Women survivors (Yong Soo Lee and Bok Dong Kim) from Korea, who proposed the resolution, Congressmen Michael Makoto “Mike” Honda and Al […]

 

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                                          July 16, 2012

Re: Invitation to the Reception for the 5th Anniversary of the Comfort Women Resolution   

I am writing to invite you as a special guest to the reception celebrating the 5th Anniversary of the Comfort Women Resolution (H.Res.121 of 2007) of the U.S. House of Representatives at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-215, at 5 – 6:30 PM, Tuesday, July 24, 2012.  Because you were one of the co-sponsors for the resolution, your attendance to the anniversary reception will be greatly appreciated.

The Comfort Women Resolution, which was introduced by Rep. Honda and cosponsored by 167 Congress members of both parties, expresses the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of Japan should formally acknowledge, apologize, and accept historical responsibility in a clear and unequivocal manner for its Imperial Armed Forces' coercion of 200,000 young women into sexual slavery, known to the world as "comfort women", during its colonial and wartime occupation of Asia and the Pacific Islands from the 1930s through the duration of World War II. The Resolution was unanimously passed on July 30, 2007. It is a landmark human rights framework that inspired many similar resolutions that were passed in Netherland (11/8/2007), Canada (11/28/2007), E.U. (12/13/2007) and Philippines (3/11/2008).   

To celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Resolution, all supporters and organizers for the Resolution will get together on July 24, 2012. The reception will be a great opportunity to share the stories about how the Resolution contributed in improving human rights and women’s rights and what should be done for our continued efforts for the Comfort Women survivors.

 

To attend the reception, please R.S.V.P. by Friday, July 20, 2012 at info@kace.org or 718-961-4117.

                Thank you.

                                                                                                Sincerely,

 

 

                                                                                                Dongchan Kim, President

  (Formerly Korean American Voters’ Council) NY: 3520 147th Street, Suite 2D, Flushing, NY 11354 NJ: 144 Main Street, Suite 203, Hackensack, NJ 07601 Tel. (718)961-4117    Fax. (718)961-4603                                             July 16, 2012 Re: Invitation to the Reception for the 5th Anniversary of the Comfort Women Resolution    I am […]

On June 21st, 2012, KACE conducted a lecture about Comfort Women issue at Flushing Rotary Club (President Veronica Tsang)’s meeting.

The Rotary Club holds a meeting every Thursday at 12 O’clock at the Giardino Restaurant in

Chae No, coordinator at KACE was inivited by Antony Civitano who visitied the Comfort Women Press Conference at JHS 189 on June 4th.

Before the lecture, Chae No warned that this information might be shocking to some people.

Many people who visited this meeting did not know about Comfort Women. However, after the lecture, they all realized the seriousness of this issue.

President Tsang was thanked KACE for the lecture and stated that this problem needs to be solved and she would be happy to help.

About 10 Rotary Club members came to this lecture, and held a Q&A session after the lecture.

On June 21st, 2012, KACE conducted a lecture about Comfort Women issue at Flushing Rotary Club (President Veronica Tsang)’s meeting. The Rotary Club holds a meeting every Thursday at 12 O’clock at the Giardino Restaurant in Chae No, coordinator at KACE was inivited by Antony Civitano who visitied the Comfort Women Press Conference at JHS 189 on June 4th. Before the lecture, Chae No warned that this information might be […]

Invited to the US by the Korean American Voters’ Council, “Comfort Woman” Survivors Yong Su Lee and Ok Sun Lee with Holocaust survivor Ethel Katz, visited the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations on December 16th at 11AM. The three women delivered petitions to the Japanese government calling for Japan’s formal acknowledgment and apology over the “comfort woman” issues.    [Photo: The group meets the Japanese officials in […]

  We cordially invite you to our event on Tuesday, December 13, 2011. The Korean American Voters’ Council and the Kupferberg Holocaust Center are hosting a gathering allowing Comfort Women survivors and Holocaust survivors to come together to retell their stories during World War II.   This event is planned to commemorate the 1,000th Comfort Women Wednesday Protest in Seoul, Korea. Comfort Women survivors have been gathered together every Wednesday since […]

[From left, clockwise: Chejin Park Esq., Dongchan Kim, Kupferberg Holocaust Center’s Executive Director Dr. Arthur Flug, KAVC Chairman Esther Lee, Artist Steve Cavallo, Holocaust Survivors Hanne Liebmann and Ethel Katz] In November 21, 2011, Korean American Voters’ Council had a press conference about the upcoming event, “Comfort Women & Holocaust survivors Calling for Justice Together” that will take place at Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, 6 PM, December 13, 2011. Two special guests, Ethel Katz […]

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