HOW WE WERE FOUNDED
The idea for our foundation began when three social justice advocates (now ESJF’s co-founders) sought to teach history often relegated to the sidelines. But injustices aren’t kept to the past. We learned about two courageous Korean high school students living in Japan who created art in opposition to the flawed 2015 “comfort women” agreement between South Korea and Japan. These student artists were selected to have their work featured in the annual art exhibition organized by Chiba Korean Elementary and Middle School in 2016, only to have their city’s mayor slash funding to the school in retaliation. The newly-formed ESJF succeeded in raising the funds and sent it to the school in August of 2017 and has been supporting the school since.