Korean-American parents launch campaign against Japanese imperialism
Posted : 2013-09-26 17:16
Updated : 2013-09-26 17:16
By Kim, Hye-sung
Korean-American parents in New York have begun a campaign to curb the possible rise of Japanese imperialism.
"We will launch the ‘No Japanese Imperialism, Yes Asia Hope Project' campaign with VANK (Voluntary Agency Network of Korea) to counter rising Japanese imperialism, starting next month," Choi Yoon-hee and Rah Jung-mee, co-presidents of the KAPA-GNP (Korean American Parents Association of Greater New York) said on Sept. 26.
The two organizations announced their plans to stop Tokyo's proposal to list the Nagasaki Shipyard and Hashima coalmine as UNESCO World Heritage sites. The two sites are associated with the agony and suffering of Koreans during Japanese colonial rule.
The KAPA-GNAP will implement thematic projects every month. Starting in October, it will campaign against listing colonial-era facilities as world heritages.
In November, the KAPA-GNAP will campaign to correct distorted Korean history in American k-12 textbooks. In December, it will report on the danger of the Rising Sun Flag, the symbol of Japanese imperialism.
There are also specific plans for next year, including a petition to rename the Sea of Japan, and seeking Japan's apology for sex slaves.
"The KAPA-GNAP will find targeted audiences, make headlines, and push forward activities against the rise of Japanese imperialism." Choi said.