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Ghosts of the Korean War: Stop THAAD (Encore)
Feb07

Ghosts of the Korean War: Stop THAAD (Encore)

On this encore addition of Making Contact, we head to Soseongri, a small village nestled in the mountains of Seongju County.  There, grandmas and grandpas in the 70s, 80s, and 90s have gone from quietly farming to organizing daily protests and blockades to stop THAAD.  THAAD is part of a missile defense system that gives the U.S. the ability to carry out a nuclear first strike. The region has historically been Korea’s conservative stronghold, but with the deployment of THAAD, people are re-evaluating the history they’ve been taught their entire lives. TRANSCRIPT BELOW Archival audio is from the U.S. National Archives, AP Archives, U.S. State Department, and U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. Special Thanks to Io Sunwoo, Juyeon Rhee, and Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans. Photo Credit: Stop THAAD Alliance Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Shin Dong Ok, Head of Soseongri Elders Group Soseongri Residents  Shi Uh Yeon, Gimcheon Resident Gimcheon Residents Grace Cho, Sociologist and Author of Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War Credits: Host: Marie Choi Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Voiceover for Shin Dong Ok – David Jang Jae Rhee Voiceovers for Sosongri Halmonis – Juyeon Rhee, J.T. Takagi Voiceover for Shi Uh Yeon – Juhyun Park Voiceover for Gimcheon Imo – Liz Suk Voiceover for Col. Turner Rogers – Claude Marks Music: + Rain – Jio Im and Judy Jun 나그네설움 Instrumental 그래도 – 오재환 고향의 봄 / 도라지 – Judy Jun July – Jio Im 다신 돌아갈 수 없을까요- 이형주 More Information: ZoomIn Korea’s Stop THAAD Coverage Science at MIT: From Cold War to Climate Crisis Task Force to Stop THAAD in Korea MULTIMEDIA: Still Present Pasts Memory of Forgotten War BOOK: Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War by Grace Cho TRANSCRIPT Ghosts of the Korean War: Stop THAAD   MUSIC +Rain – Jio Im and Judy Jun HOST: Hey there, this is Marie Choi.  You’re listening to Making Contact. I went to Korea in May, expecting to find a story about the candlelight movement that ousted President Park Geun Hye, and the political shifts that are taking place on the peninsula.  Instead, I found a country grappling with its ghosts. In Part 1 of this series, we went to Gwangju, the city at the heart of Korea’s peoples’ movements. Today, we’re headed to Gyungsangbukdo, in the southeast. MUSIC 나그네설움 Instrumental HOST:  Politically, it’s like the deep South of Korea. It’s historically been the base of support for U.S.-backed military dictators. It’s where Park Chung Hee and Chun Doo Hwan grew up, and the...

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The Ghosts of the Gwangju Uprising
Sep13

The Ghosts of the Gwangju Uprising

  On May 18, 1980, the people of Gwangju, South Korea came together for reunification and an end to an era of martial law imposed by U.S.-backed military dictators. Over the course of ten days, they staged mass protests, battled riot police and soldiers, and were met with brutal repression. Together, they successfully drove the military out Gwangju and governed the city together. Their actions changed the course of Korean history. On Part 1 of this episode of Making Contact, we hear from survivors of the Gwangju Uprising about how they took on the tasks of history and the lessons they carry. READ Transcript below Special thanks to Jung Dong Suk of Gwangju SPARK, Io Sunwoo, Esther Kang, and Hella Organized Bay Area Koreans. Image Credit: Hong Sung-Dam Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Lee Yoon Jung, President of the May Women’s Association Ahn Sung Rye, Nurse Supervisor at Gwangju Gidok Hospital during the Gwangju Uprising Credits: Host: Marie Choi Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Archival Tape: U.S. Department of Defense Combat Bulletin 101, United Newsreels Japan Surrenders U.S. Soldiers Voiceovers: R.J. Lozada, Josh Klinkenberger and Tavis Kelley Yoon Jung Lee Voiceover: Deann Borshay Liem Ahn Sung Rye Voiceover: Miriam Ching Louie Music: +rain – Jio Im 우리의 소원은 통일 (Our Wish is Reunification) for Piano based on B.W. Ahn – Young Jo Lee What Were We Holding Onto – Jio Im March of the Beloved for News Tapa – Yojo and Ruben July – Jio Im 1983 Song for News Tapa – Sulpa More Information: HOBAK Gwangju Diary: Beyond Death, Beyond the Darkness of Age by Lee Jae Eui  March of The Beloved, Zoom In Korea May 18 Gwangju Peoples Uprising, Korean Resource Center of Los Angeles  A Taxi Driver  Stirrings of Resistance The Legacy of the Gwangju Uprising May 18 Memorial Foundation  TRANSCRIPT MUSIC +rain – JioIm   HOST: Hey there, this is Marie Choi.  You’re listening to Making Contact. I went to Korea in May, expecting to find a story about the candlelight movement that ousted President Park GeunHye, and the political shifts that are taking place on the peninsula.  Instead, I found a country grappling with its ghosts. HOST: The political situation in Korea today is inextricably tied to the division between North and South.  In early part of the 20th century, Japan colonized Korea and tried to turn Korean people into subjects of the Japanese empire.  Koreans birthed a movement for independence, and liberation from Japanese rule.   By August 1945, World...

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The Draft, Duty, and Dissent: G.I. Resistance to War
Jun27

The Draft, Duty, and Dissent: G.I. Resistance to War

 It was the 1960s ” and throughout the United States, opposition to the War in Vietnam was growing. The Draft forced young men to make a choice about their own participation in the war. And many chose to resist.  Over the course of the war, 2.6 million went to fight in Vietnam. More than 15 million were exempt or disqualified from military service. And over 200,000 officially defied the draft. Today, the US military is made up of those who enlist. What does it take “in the absence of an official draft” to build resistance to war and empire among the very people charged with fighting for it? Special thanks to the Traprock Center for Peace and Justice, Camilo Mejia, and Beth Sanders for allowing us to share it. The speeches were originally recorded and produced by Carly Forbes for Migrant Matters, a Rabble.ca podcast. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Draft Resisters: Bruce Cutler, Bruce Dancis, Joseph Gerson, Larry Gossett, Pete Knutson, Mike Rotkin, Phil Stahlman, and Sam Yamashita Camilo Mejia, former Staff Sergeant, Iraq Veterans Against The War *For full access to the film visit The Draft Project. Credits: Host: Marie Choi The Draft and The Vietnam Generation Producer, Video Editor, Director: Beth Sanders Camilo Mejia Speech Recordist and Video Editor: Charles Jenks Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: The Draft and the Vietnam Generation Iraq Veterans Against the War IVAW Winter Soldier Testimonies on Racism and Dehumanization of the Enemy Camilo Mejia on GI Resistance to the War in Iraq Courage To Resist...

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The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines
May31

The Fraught Process Towards Peace: Colombia and the Philippines

Two of the longest running armed rebellions on opposites sides of the world, the FARC in Colombia and the NDFP in the Philippines are vying for peace but several elements-government, paramilitary, and drugs, make it all but impossible. As members of the FARC, Colombia’s largest rebel group, embark on their ‘last march’ to demobilization camps after half a century of war and the government begins peace talks with ELN rebels, a series of assassinations has shaken the prospects for peace in Colombia. Human rights defenders, left-wing activists, land rights advocates, indigenous and black community leaders — all supporters of the peace process — are being assassinated in rural areas of the country. This situation has many worried that it could sabotage the fragile peace accord and its implementation. The National Democratic Front of the Philippines is a coalition made up of the Communist Party of the Philippines, the New People’s Army, and many other civil society organizations. The revolutionary government has been at war with the Philippine government since the late 1960s, and is currently undergoing peace talks with the Rodrigo Duterte administration. These talks are significant and have moved farther than previous Philippine government  administrations. Christina Ellazar Palabay, who is the Secretary General of Karapatan or the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Philippines, and Edre U. Olalia, member of the International Legal Advisory Team of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front–are part of a peace tour delegation to talk about a ‘just and lasting peace’ in the Philippines amidst a polarizing president. Special thanks to Luis Gallo for his contribution to this show. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Eduardo López, Farmer, Organizer Leon Fredy Muñoz, Director of Fenalpaz Clara Navarro, Human Rights Worker Angela Moreno, Human Rights Worker Daisy Herrera, Environmental Engineer Luis Eduardo Pardo, Chief Peace Advisor Christina Ellazar Palabay, Secretary General of Karapatan + the Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights Philippines Edre U. Olalia, member of the International Legal Advisory Team of the peace negotiating panel of the National Democratic Front Credits: Host/Producer: R.J. Lozada  Freelance Reporter: Luis Gallo Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker More Information: Fenalpaz Marcha Patriotica Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) National Democratic Front of the Philippines KARAPATAN Duterte Unbound Christians Rise Up Against the “Filipino Trump”...

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The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict
Mar22

The Cost of War: A Reflection on the United States and Iraq Conflict

Given Trump’s massive military budget proposal and the 14th Anniversary of the United States war in Iraq, we bring you this program from our archives with the voices of U.S. Soldiers and Iraqis reflecting on the costs of war. Special thanks to KALW News in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Members of Iraq Veterans Against the War present at the U.S. Social Forum in Atlanta, GA. Photo by flickr user Brooke Anderson. Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: George W. Bush, former U.S. President Donald Rumsfeld, former Secretary of Defense Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State Yara Badday, Iraqi-American Paul Bremer, former U.S. Administrator to Iraq Richard Becker, West Coast Coordinator for ANSWER Coalition Paul Wolfowitz, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ghazwan Al-sharif, Iraqi translator Ryan Berg, U.S. Marine Starlyn Lara, U.S. Army Jordan Towers, U.S. Marine Barack Obama, former U.S. President Aaron Glantz, journalist Credits: Host: Anita Johnson and Kyung Jin Lee Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada, Andrew Stelzer, Esther Manilla Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker   More Information: KALW News Aaron Glantz Answer Coalition Iraq Veterans Against the War Swords to Plowshares Coalition for Iraq + Afghanistan Veterans for Peace Civilian-Soldier Alliance War Resisters League Veteran Artists Happy Anniversary, Iraq War Clamor War Plan Iraq: Ten Reasons Against War with Iraq Winter Soldier: Iraq and Afghanistan: Eyewitness Accounts of the Occupations The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan Music: Intro by The...

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Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry
Feb14

Building Resistance: Japanese Imprisonment and the Fight Against a Muslim Registry

This year is the 75th anniversary of we now call Japanese Internment.  And every year since 1942, Japanese Americans have tried to get the rest of us to remember what happened. To notice the scar that mass incarceration left, not just on the Japanese community, but on all of us. We found ourselves at  similar crossroads in 2001 when the Bush Administration used the chaos of 9/11 to push through drastic changes, including the creation of a Muslim registry called NSEERS, the National Security Entry Exit Registration System. But, people fought it. And won. Today, as President Trump moves  to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. and threatens to build another registry we are faced with similar choices.  So, what can we learn from our history?  And how do we fight back?  Photo Credit: Tomorrow, Inshallah Like this program? Please show us the love. Click here and support our non-profit journalism. Thanks! Featuring: Satsuki Ina, Documentarian Mutsu Homma, Roy Ebihara, George Murihiro, Matsuo Watanabe, Survivors Joseph Arsinoe, US Soldier War Relocation Authority Lara Kiswani, Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Liz Ouyang, Attorney Mohammad Sarfaraz Hussain; Anirvan Chatterjee, Alliance of South Asians Taking Action Jason Prado, Sophie Xie, DoBetter.Tech Credits: Host and Contributing Producer: Salima Hamirani Making Contact Producer for this episode: Marie Choi Producers: Anita Johnson, Marie Choi, Monica Lopez, R.J. Lozada Executive Director: Lisa Rudman Audience Engagement Director/Web Editor: Sabine Blaizin Development Associate: Vera Tykulsker Music: Linda Kako Caplan 2008 Anniversary Concert – Aoi umi SFPL Shoko Hikage Koto Studio – Ame Mizu Shizuku Pablo GBeats Star Wars Imperial March Rap Beat Just A Tune – Star Wars Istanbul Film Music Orchestra – Star Wars Duel of the Fates Rameses B – Star Wars More Information: Arab Resource and Organizing Center Alliance of South Asians Taking Action DoBetter.Tech Densho Archives FILM Whose Children Are These Suyama Project Gary Okihiro, “Japanese Resistance in America’s Concentration Camps, A Re-evaluation” CAIR Arab American Association of NY DRUM NYC Sikh Coalition New York Immigration Coalition Families for Freedom AALDEF Arab American Action Network MPower Change Asian Americans Advancing Justice National Network of Arab American Communities Never...

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