75Th Commemorating the Victims of the Jeju April 3 Incident
Date and Time:
Thursday, April 6, 6 pm
followed by a reception at 7 pm.
7th floor, Cabot Intercultural Center, Tufts Fletcher School
160 Packard Ave., Medford, MA
Host: Jeju 4.3 Memorial and Families Association of the U.S.
Support organizer: Jeju 4·3 International Network for Truth and Justice, Memorial Committee for the Jeju April 3rd Uprising and Massacre, Fletcher School North Korea Working Group
Sponsor: Jeju Special Self-Governing Province
The Boston-based Jeju 4.3 Memorial and Families Association of the U.S. strives to raise awareness on the tragic historical event known as the Jeju Massacre, urge the United States to uncover the truth and issue an apology, prevent future generations from repeating the same mistakes, and contribute to the development of a society that respects and protects justice, human rights, and peace.
The Jeju 4.3 Incident, a tragedy in modern Korean history, resulted in the killings of 30,000 people by the military and police during seven years and seven months of unrest from March 1947 until September 1954. Some scholars consider the Jeju 4.3 Incident as the starting point of the Cold War in Northeast Asia. In 2021, South Korea’s ruling and opposition parties passed the amendment to the Jeju 4.3 Special Act, making some progress in restoring the honor of the victims. However, the bereaved families of the Jeju 4.3 victims still face a challenging path amid ideological conflicts.
The U.S. military government, which held operational control of the Korean military during the most intense period of the crackdown,1948-1949, provided weapons to the Korean military and was directly and indirectly involved in the slaughter of Jeju residents, branding them as communists. In December 2022, our organization held the Jeju 4.3 Conference at the Woodrow Wilson Center, a U.S. Congressional think tank, and visited the U.S. Congress to urge them to uncover the truth about the Jeju 4.3 Incident.
Each year, the Commemoration of the Victims of the Jeju April 3 Incident is held on April 3 in Jeju, Korea. This date is the official memorial day of the Republic of Korea's government. It has now been 75 years since the Jeju 4.3 Incident.
In the United States, the Jeju 4.3 Victims Memorial Ceremony officially began last year. We invite you to attend this event to commemorate the victims of the Jeju 4.3 Incident and strengthen our bonds of friendship in the name of human rights that transcend ideology. A reception will follow the event from 7 pm to 8:30 pm. Please RSVP to confirm your attendance.