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    Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2011 Location: KEI Conference Facility 1800 K Street NW, Suite 1010 Washington, DC 20006 Details: KEI and the International Council on Korean Studies hosted a one day conference that explored issues related to the succession in North Korea and the economic situation on the Korean Peninsula. The agenda for the conference included: Panel I. Political Succession in North Korea and the Future of the Kim Regime Moderator Dr. Hang Yul Rhee, Shepherd University Papers “North Korea's Nuclear Strategy and the Survival of the Kim Regime” Dr. Young Whan Kihl, Iowa State University “Kangsung Daegook and Political Succession: Problems and Prospects" Mr. Greg Scarlatoiu, Korea Economic Institute of America “The North Korean Economy after the 2009 Currency Reform: Problems and Prospects,”Dr. Dick Nanto, Congressional Research Service Discussants Dr. Jong O Ra, Hollins University & Virginia Tech. University Dr. Hang Yul Rhee, Shepherd University Panel II. Political Succession and North Korea’s Foreign Relations Moderator Dr. Jong O Ra, Hollins University and Virginia Tech University Papers “Inter-Korean Relations under the Lee Myung-Bak Government: Problems and Prospects” Dr. Hong Nack Kim, West Virginia University “China’s Recent Relations with North Korea – Look Beyond “Stability” Dr. Robert Sutter, Georgetown University “The Obama Administration’s Korea Policy and the Prospects for the Denuclearization of North Korea” Dr. Larry Niksch, Congressional Research Service & CSIS Discussants: Dr. Hugo Wheegook Kim, East-West Research Institute Dr. Young Whan Kihl, Iowa State University Panel III. Political Economy of the Korean Peninsula Moderator Dr. Kwang Soo Cheong, Johns Hopkins University Papers “The Korean Economy: The Challenges of North-South Economic Cooperation” Dr. Balbina Hwang, Georgetown University “Korea’s Future Trade Agenda: The Trans-Pacific Partnership or ASEAN Plus” Mr. Troy Stangarone, Korea Economic Institute “The U.S.-Korean Free Trade Agreement: Problems and Prospects” Dr. William Cooper and Dr. Mark Manyin, Congressional Research Service “Implications of the 2010 G20 Seoul Summit for the Korean Economy” Dr. Heenam Choi, Alternative Executive Director of IMF and Dr. Haeduck Lee, Senior Economist, The World Bank. Dr. Minsuk Kim, Economist, The International Monetary Fund Discussants Mr. Joe Winder, Winder International Dr. Song Yeongkwan, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy

    The (Unending) Korean War academic conference, films, art exhibition

    Free and open to the public with RSVP Full Schedule at For inquiries: On Facebook:

    Traversing boundaries that separate East Asian Studies and American Studies, the conference, film screenings, and art installation examine the enduring impact of the Korean War in politics, economy, and popular culture. Conference: Friday, April 22 Location: 19 West 4th Street 8:30 AM - Conference Registration 9:00 AM - Keynote - Bruce Cumings (U of Chicago) 10:15 AM - Cultures of War: Daniel Kim (Brown U), Monica Kim (U of Michigan), Eun Heo (Korea U) Panel Chair: Meredith Woo, U of Virginia Discussant: Youngju Ryu, U of Michigan 1:30 PM - Cold War Epistemologies: Christina Klein (Boston College), Youngwook Chung (Seoul National U) Panel Chair: Jae-Jung Suh, SAIS-Johns Hopkins University Discussant: Xudong Zhang, NYU 3:40 PM - Decolonization and Empire: Christine Hong (UC Santa Cruz), Jodi Kim (UC Riverside) Panel Chair: John Kuo Wei Tchen, NYU Discussant: Henry Em, NYU Film Screenings: Friday, April 22 Location: 19 University Place 6:15 PM - In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee and Memories of Forgotten War Directors Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem will be present. Panels and Films : Saturday, April 23 Location: 19 University Place 12:00 PM Panel: ENDING THE KOREAN WAR: Christine Ahn, Hyun Lee, Stephen E. Noerper, Jae-Jung Suh 1:45 PM Films: Grandmother's Flower and Tiger Spirit Exhibition Talk & Reception - Saturday, April 23 Location: 41-51 East 11th St, 7th Floor Gallery 6:00 PM: STILL PRESENT PASTS: Korean Americans and the Forgotten War Artists will be present. Sponsored by Third World Newsreel, NYU Asian/Pacific/American Institute, NYU East Asian Studies, NYU History Dept, NYU Humanities Grants-in-Aid, NYU Office of International Students and Scholars, NYU Center for Multicultural Education & Programs, the Korea Policy Institute, Nodutdol for Korean Community Development. With support from the New York Council for the Humanities.



    The right to peace in Korea
    How the State of War in Korea Violates Fundamental Human Rights With NLG Human Rights Attorney and Korea Peace Activist Eric Sirotkin

  • September 18, 2009 12:15 - 1:30 pm Temple University
  • September 29, 2009 7-9 pm KIWA CULTURAL CENTER

    The Korea Policy Institute is pleased to present the following critical event:
    Tuesday, June 23, 2009 6:30-8:30 p.m. Chapel of Grace, Grace Cathedral 1100 California St. San Francisco, CA 94108
    For more information, please contact the Korea Policy Institute at THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Sponsored by the Korea Policy Institute and the Grace Cathedral of San Francisco.

    US Seminars on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

    March 24, 2009: 4:00-6:30 pm 918 International Affairs Building, Columbia University 2009 Korean Studies Regional Seminar, Columbia University Truth and Reconciliation: Remembering War Crimes on the Korean Peninsula, 1948-1953 4:00: Welcoming remarks: Charles Armstrong, Director of the Center for Korean Research, Columbia University 4:20-5:00: Dong-Choon Kim, Ph.D. (Standing Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Korea): "Uncovering Hidden Stories of the Korean War: The Work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission." 5:00-5:40: Hee Kyung Suh, Ph.D. (Investigation Bureau, TRC): "TRC's Verification Process for Mass Civilian Killings during the Korean War" 5:40-6:00: Discussant’s response: Lisa Yoneyama (University of California, San Diego) and Henry Em (NYU) 6:00-6:30: Audience Q&A Co-sponsored by the Center for Korean Research (Columbia University) and the Department of East Asian Studies (New York University)

    March 25, 2009: 5:00-6:30 pm 715 Broadway, Room 312 (New York University)
    NYU, Department of East Asian Studies Korean Studies Colloquium Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to Nicole at . NYU faculty and graduate students will have priority. 5:00-5:10: Welcome: Henry Em, Associate Professor, Dept. of East Asian Studies, NYU 5:10-6:00: Speaker: Dong-Choon Kim, Ph.D. Standing Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Korea "Uncovering Hidden Stories of the Korean War: The Work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission” 6:00-6:15: Discussant: Charles J. Hanley, Special Correspondent, The Associated Press co-recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism into the massacre at Nogunri 6:15-6:30: Audience Q & A 6:30-7:00 Reception

    The Korea Policy Institute is pleased to present the following critical event: "UNCOVERING THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE KOREAN WAR: THE WORK OF SOUTH KOREA'S TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION COMMISSION" featuring Kim Dong-Choon, Standing Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Korea, Professor of Sociology, and Director of the Human Rights and Peace Center, Sungkonghoe University, South Korea
    Wednesday, April 1, 2009 5-7 p.m. Heller Lounge, Multicultural Center, MLK, Jr. Building UC Berkeley
    In 2005, the South Korean National Assembly established the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, South Korea (TRCK) to "reveal the truth behind civilian massacres during the Korean War and human rights abuses during the [South Korean] authoritarian period and the anti-Japanese independence movement"-histories actively suppressed during three decades of U.S.-supported military dictatorships in South Korea. Please join us to learn of recent evidence of U.S. and South Korean responsibility for the massacre of civilians before and during the Korean War as well as the urgent struggle to write truth into Korea's modern history. For a detailed account of the critical historiographical work of South Korea's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, please see Kim Dong-Choon and Gavan McCormack's article, "Grappling with Cold War History: Korea's Embattled Truth and Reconciliation Commission." For more information, please contact Christine Hong at THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Sponsored by the Korea Policy Institute, the Institute for International Studies, the Human Rights Center, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Townsend Working Group on Asian Cultural Studies, and Berkeley Teach-in Against America's Wars.



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    Beijing Sunyong Scientific Technology Trade Co
    Beijing Sunyong Scientific Technology Trade Co., Ltd. sells collectively the publications of the DPR of Korea for the customers of the world. We sell, including President Kim Il Sung's and Chairman Kim Jong Il's works, books, periodicals, picture albums, postcards, music CDs, videos, DVDs and CD-ROMs produced in the DPR of Korea.
    'Again Korea' by Wilfred Burchett
    A pdf of the book from Wilfred’s son, George
    Dear Friends,
    To mark the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Armistice Agreement to end hostilities on the Korean Peninsula, I am making available in PDF format the book AGAIN KOREA written by my father, the late Australian journalist Wilfred Burchett in 1968. Wilfred Burchett covered the ceasefire talks to end the war in Korea from the Korean-Chinese side. He was a witness to the bad faith and "plain perfidy" -- to put it very mildly -- of the US-UN negotiators who had no intention of ending hostilities on the Korean Peninsula and every intention of keeping it permanently divided and in a state of high alert. What he saw in 1951-54, was a country reduced to rubble -- bombed "back to the stone age". What he saw in spring 1967 -- 13 years later -- was a dynamic modern socialist state, confidently marching towards a bright future. But this optimistic view came with a word of warning from President Kim Il Sung himself:
    “It is possible that all this will be destroyed if war breaks out. I say to my comrades that they should not think they can keep our nice theatres and things as they are now; they must realise that as long as imperialism exists, war may break out again. Especially as long as the unification of our country has not been achieved, things may be destroyed again.” My host was Premier Kim II Sung of North Korea, the place Pyongyang, the date May 20, 1967. Wilfred Burchett -- AGAIN KOREA.
    So please, accept the attached PDF as a small contribution to peace, friendship and solidarity with the Korean people and feel free to distribute it.
    In solidarity,
    George Burchett

    A Capitalist in North Korea
    Felix Abt
    A Capitalist in North Korea: My Seven Years in the Hermit Kingdom is the tell-all memoir of Felix Abt, a Swiss entrepreneur who worked in the world’s most isolated, “Stalinist" fortress over the past decade. Abt offers in-depth portraits of the thrills, adventures, hurdles and even accusations of spying while working behind the world’s last Iron Curtain. He finds a side of North Korea that is far from sinister—one that has been lost in the flood of accounts from defectors, journalists, activists, and politicians who have pummeled the nation into isolation. Few outsiders have been granted such wide access to the mysterious hermit kingdom. Abt visited seven out of nine provinces and more than two dozen cities, interviewing hundreds of high-ranking communist officials and ordinary North Koreans. He became a figurehead in bringing capitalism to North Korea through all sorts of whimsical and unexpected projects: the Pyongyang Business School, the European Business Association in Pyongyang, and ventures in pharmaceuticals, precious metal extraction, and bottled water.

    Pyongyang Lessons: North Korea From Inside the Classroom
    By Stewart Lone
    Book Description Publication Date: April 19, 2013 From 2010-12, the author went every six months to teach at two major secondary schools in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea. Over these visits, he spent hundreds of hours teaching several hundred teenage schoolboys, and some schoolgirls, in the classroom and in informal conversation groups. In this book, he recounts his experiences and presents what he learned about their lives, study, ideas, interests, and ambitions. Who, for example, would have thought, in a society routinely dismissed as reclusive and repressive, that schoolchildren learn about Ireland, about Maoris and their customs, have discussions on being creative and on animal rights, that young boys idolize a Barcelona footballer, and that a favorite joke concerns a North Korean army deserter? What emerged through these experiences and observations, in school and in candid talks with teachers, officials, and a wide variety of ordinary people, is an intimate portrait, nowhere else available, of the human face of Pyongyang and of a generation set in future years to lead the country.
    About the Author Stewart Lone is professor of modern Asian history at the University of New South Wales, Australia, and the author of many works on Japan and Korea. Between 2010-2012 he was a regular working visitor to major schools in Pyongyang and has been interviewed on this work by the press in Beijing, Seoul, Sydney, and Washington DC. [Education] [EWA]

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