ESJF has been invited to the first international educators’ workshop on teaching “comfort women.” In observance of the 5th International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict, the Korean Council will be hosting an array of important events during the week of June 17th. The conference will kick off with the first international educators’ workshop on pedagogies on teaching the history and issues of “comfort women” in different countries. Sung Sohn and two active high school history teachers from the San Francisco Unified School District will present on the educational system in California and the inquiry-based teaching strategies that incorporate comparative and analytic approaches based on primary and secondary source documents. Educators from South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the United States will attend the workshop.
At the conference, sexual violence in armed conflict will be discussed, and solutions will be sought. Rashida Manjoo, Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town, former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, will begin the second day with her keynote speech, followed by reports from the Korean Council and representatives from Uganda.
Other events taking place during the conference include testimony from Vasfije Krasniqi Goodman, a Kosovo survivor; a photo exhibition highlighting the situations in Uganda by Jean Jung, a photojournalist; and an award ceremony for the 2019 Kim Bok-dong Peace Prize Winner.
Please register here.
Stay tuned for the exciting updates from Seoul.
The Boba Making and Trivia event held on the 25th was a resounding success!
Over 300 people RSVPed for this energy-packed, fun community event. High school and college students, as well as history trivia lovers in their 30s and beyond, joined the event. Everyone had fun making their own Boba drinks, eating ethnic bites, taking photos at the photo booth, and writing down their answers in teams. Through these activities, participants learned much about WWII history in Asia. Many commented, “I didn’t know about that.” This year's top three trivia winning teams were Ho Ho Ho, Team Rocket, and Boba Lovers.
This community-building event celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was organized by Education for Social Justice Foundation, Pacific Atrocities Education, and WWII Memorial Hall for the first time as a team, and it was a resounding success.
We want to take this opportunity to extend our sincere appreciation to Frank Tang, Administrative Director of WWII Memorial Hall, for his kind-hearted support. We give special thanks to all sixteen volunteers for their invaluable help. We thank all generous donors, including twelve vendors for donating goodie bags and raffle prizes. To those who were waitlisted, know that future events will take place, and we'd love to see you back. Thank you, everyone, and see you all again at the next Boba Making & Trivia Day!
For Immediate Release
Oakland Aviation Museum Celebrates Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Honoring Asian American aviators throughout history and inspiring the next generation.
Oakland— The Oakland Aviation Museum will be holding a special event to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month. The event will highlight the contributions of Asian American aviators throughout our country’s history, as well as provide opportunities for young people to learn how they can enter the aviation industry.
The Oakland Aviation Museum celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month will take place on Saturday, May 18th, from 10 am to 4 pm. The Museum is located at 8252 Earhart Rd, Oakland, CA 94621. Activities occurring for the duration of the event include screenings of short films featuring Asian American aviators, information table and flight simulator by San Jose State University’s Aviation Department, information table by the College of Alameda’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Program, special exhibit featuring Asian American aviators, and children’s activities. A panel discussion “Pathways to Aviation” will be held at noon, featuring Harley Pasiderio, President of the Professional Asian Pilots Association and Major Parawee Euavijitearoon-Baten, US Air Force Maintenance Operations Officer at Travis Air Force Base.
The first person to fly an aircraft on the West coast of the United States was an immigrant from China named Feng Ru. The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) were the first women to fly for the US military. One of these female trailblazers was Chinese American and East Bay native Maggie Gee. Unfortunately, the achievements of these and numerous other Asian American aviators remain obscured.
At the same time, the aviation industry is facing a severe shortage in qualified professionals. Since 1987 the number of pilots in the United States has decreased by 30% despite a sharp increase in the demand for air travel. Asian Americans are drastically under-represented in the aviation industry, as they represent over 5% of the US population but only about 2.5% of airline transport pilots.
This event will illuminate the history of Asian Americans in the field of aviation and will provide educational opportunities for young people interested in careers in aviation.
Tiffany Miller is organizing this event. She is leading a grassroots effort to have Oakland Airport renamed for Maggie Gee, who trained as a WASP alongside Miller’s grandmother. This would make Oakland Airport the first major US airport named for a woman and the only US airport named for a woman of color.
For more information, press only:Tiffany Miller