November 2, 2016

People Demand Resignation of President Park Geun-hye

[From Zoom in Korea]   On October 29, South Korean people took to the streets to demand “Park Geun-hye Step Down!” and show their outrage over Park Geun-hye’s involvement in the recent government corruption scandal. Over 30,000 people participated in the demonstration, which was three times the expected participation.

The scandal, also referred to as “Choi Soon-sil Gate,” has exposed Park Geun-hye to have shared major classified government documents with her close friend, Choi Soon-sil, who lacked official security clearance to legally access government files. Evidence has also emerged suggesting Choi’s involvement in influencing important government decisions made by Park Geun-hye during her presidency.   READ MORE

August 12, 2016

Petition Campaign in Opposition to the Deployment of THAAD in South Korea Surpasses 100,000

The "We the People" petition campaign in opposition to the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile defense system in South Korea has surpassed the 100,000 threshold mark needed to obtain an official response from the White House on the issue.

The petition campaign was initiated by Korean Americans based in the Washington, DC area and spread across the U.S., and the momentum intensified as Koreans in South Korea joined in, including citizens of Seongju where the deployment will take place,  signifying widespread opposition to the move by the South Korean government.

July 15, 2016

Opposition to THAAD Deployment in South Korea Grows

Opposition to THAAD antimissile system in South Korea is growing, especially fervently by the residents of Seongju (where the THAAD system will be placed), who are concerned about adverse health effects on residents nearby the system.

Koreans in the U.S. has initiated a petition campaign:

Rescind the decision to deploy THAAD antimissile system in South Korea.

The U.S. and South Korean governments, against wide opposition of South Koreans (and strong subsequent backlash from local citizens of the deployment site), have agreed to deploy U.S.-made THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense) system in South Korea. This measure is supposedly to counter North Korean ballistic missiles and provide additional security, yet this is a controversial move that will likely to escalate tension in the region, by provoking North Korea, China and Russia into a spiraling arms race in the region that is already heavily militarized with weapons of mass destruction. Now, more than ever, is the time to step back and de-escalate tensions by pursuing negotiated settlements that will provide sustainable peace mechanism in the Korean Peninsula and the surrounding region.

July 13, 2016

Art Exhibits of Works From Both South and North Korea

Two simultaneous exhibits:

South Korean Art: Examining Life through Social Realities (above photo)


Contemporary North Korean Art: The Evolution of Socialist Realism (below photo)

June 18 through August 14, 2016

American University Museum
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016      

June 30, 2016

"Engaging North Korea" Publication

During the Korea Peace Network conference on June 23, 2016 in Washington, DC, the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) released its report "Engaging North Korea: Building Toward Dialogue with U.S. Government-Sponsored People-to-People Exchange Programs.” The report is available here:

"Engaging North Korea: US Policies to Improve Bilateral Relations"

Engaging North Korea: US Policies to Improve Bilateral Relations

Sponsored by Korea Peace Network and Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU, Washington, DC

Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have arguably reached historic highs in the first few months of 2016. Relations between the two countries appear deadlocked following North Korea´s nuclear test in January, the largest ever U.S.-South Korea military exercises, several North Korean rocket launches, US-led sanction efforts, vicious rhetoric and more. Further, the Obama Administration´s policy of ´strategic patience´ has not yielded diplomatic progress and both official and back-channel dialogue have reportedly ceased.

Yet, despite the impasse between the two countries, there remain an array of policy options to help de-escalate tensions, increase understanding, build trust, and ultimately pave the way for a peacebuilding process. Join the Korea Peace Network and GWU´s Partnership for International Strategies in Asia as we explore a menu of policy options to build a more peaceful Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia. The all-day event featured discussions with academics, policy analysts, U.S. government officials, practitioners from across the foreign policy spectrum, and more.

9:30-10:45 Panel I
The Korea Exception to the Mine Ban Treaty & Obama´s Last Days in Office
11:00-12:30 Panel II
Remembering the Forgotten: Retrieving the Remains of US Veterans Left in North Korea
1:30-3:00 Panel III
Communication Breakdown: People-to-people Exchanges & Building Understanding
3:30-6:00 Film Screening and remarks on Divided Families
Film: "People are the Sky" - Dai Sil Kim-Gibson

April 19, 2016

Filmmaker Dai Sil Kim-Gibson's New Documentary on North Korea

“People are the Sky” director on documenting meanings of home, family

In the documentary “People are the Sky”, filmmaker and writer Dai Sil Kim-Gibson returns to her birthplace in North Korea after the death of her Iowa-born husband Don. Kim-Gibson, with the goal of discovering what home truly means, finds a country where people live in peace and harmony. READ MORE