a panel discussion in commemoration of the 30th Anniversary of the 5.18 Gwangju People's Uprising
This year marks the 30th anniversary of the May 18th People's Uprising (5.18) in South Korea - a seminal political moment that sparked the movement for democracy in Korea and human rights in Asia.
Similarly in the U.S., Korean Americans came together to engage in decades of solidarity work that laid the seeds for the grassroots Korean American progressive movement today - specifically the formation of the Korean Resource Center in 1983 and later the National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC).
For this reason, we will begin by looking back at our organizing history as the first step to charting the course of our work for the future.
This year we will also explore human rights issues from the perspective of different community members, Korean American adoptees, LGBTQ and immigrant students.