Sung Sohn participated in the Antikolonials (Anti-colonial) Amo-Fest held in Berlin, commemorating the first anniversary of renaming Mohrenstraße (“Moor Street”) in Berlin’s Mitte district to Anton-Wilhelm-Amo-Strasse, in honor of Anton Wilhelm Amo, the first Black person to receive a doctorate from a German university. This festival also addressed the opposition to the recent agreement made between Germany and Namibia made without the consent of the victims and their families of the Herero and Nama people. The long-time slogan of the Herero and Nama self-organization is “It cannot be about us without us. Anything about us without us is against us!”
Aug. 14 Communal Art Project: My Message to Kim Hak-Soon Halmoni
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The Education for Social Justice Foundation is holding two events commemorating the 30th anniversary of Kim Hak-Soon halmoni’s public testimony: an online forum on August 13 and a communal art project on August 14.
On August 14, 1991, as a surviving victim of the Japanese military sexual slavery system, Kim Hak-Soon halmoni* gave the first public testimony about her experiences before and during WWII. In 2012, at the 11th Asian Solidarity Conference for the Issue of Military Sexual Slavery by Japan, August 14 was declared as the International “Comfort Women” Day.
*Halmoni means ‘grandma’ in Korean. Activists began calling the victims and survivors of Japan’s WWII military sexual slavery system “grandmothers” rather than referring to them euphemistically as “comfort women.” The girls and young women who were once sex slaves had grown old by the time they publicly broke their silence.
Aug. 13 Online Forum: Herstory and Legacy of Kim Hak-Soon Halmoni
2021 International Youth Art Competition for the nomination of documents on Japanese military "comfort women" to the UNESCO Memory of the World Registry
2021 International Online Campaign for the nomination of the documents on Japanese military "comfort women" to the UNESCO Memory of the World Registry
On June 5, the ESJF teachers—who are working to write lesson plans and develop a curriculum on the history of and issues surrounding the Asian diaspora in the United States—gathered together for a belated teacher appreciation brunch in Napa, the unceded ancestral homeland of the Caymus who are the original inhabitants of the Napa Valley.
The teachers plan on finalizing their lesson plans for upper elementary to high school students in August.