VANK sends Obama books about Japan's atrocities
By Yun Suh-young
The Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK) said Friday that it sent a package of booklets and maps to U.S. President Barack Obama to help him gain a better understanding of Japan’s colonial rule of Korea during the first part of the twentieth century.
VANK is a non-governmental organization that seeks to correct Japan’s distortions of history. It was established in 1999 to act as a cyber civilian diplomatic resource for Korea by publicizing "correct history" abroad both online and offline. It has more than 70,000 members.
The organization published its own 100-page booklet called “May we speak” in English which introduces the history of Japanese rule in Korea.
It contains facts about historic events such as the 1895 murder of Empress Myeongseong by Japanese soldiers during the Joseon Kingdom (1392-1910), the sending of envoys to The Hague and the dethronement of Emperor Gojong, the colonial rule of Japan in Korea, the story of Korean sex slaves for the Japanese military, as well as Japan’s claims over Korea’s easternmost islets of Dokdo.
The organization sent other materials such as a map of the Korean Peninsula, a world map and leaflets with detailed information about Dokdo, wartime sex slaves, and the East Sea.
The NGO said it has made preparations to send the materials for a year and collected the addresses of leaders, scholars, government officials, and businesspeople from all over the world.
It is in the process of sending the mail to 1,010 global leaders, including President Obama. The shipping charge of 15 million won is all funded.
“We expect the packages to reach the addressees by the end of this year or early next year,” said Park Ki-tae, founder of VANK.
“We hope the package will help global leaders learn about the proper history of Korea and the atrocities committed by Japan.”