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A Retrospective on the April 3 Jeju Uprising and Massacre

7:15 - 8:30 PM, Friday, April 1, 2022 Harvard Faculty Club, 20 Quincy St.,Cambridge




The April Third Jeju Uprising and Massacre, the biggest peacetime massacre of civilians in post-1945 Korean history, warrants study, remembrance, and reconciliation. From March 1, 1947 to September 21, 1954, more than 30,000 innocent civilians were massacred by government authorities in the name of quelling Communists. Scholars view the tragedy as a major turning point, if not the start, of the Cold War in Northeast Asia. Today, some 75 years later, truth, accountability, justice, and reconciliation have yet to be fully established. This retrospective seeks to cast the Jeju Sasam Incident through the prism of truth, justice, human rights, and historical memory. The ongoing tragedy in Ukraine–perhaps the start of a new Cold War–offers a new perspective on this old Korean tragedy.

Presenters Mr. Edward J. Baker Former Associate Director of the Harvard-Yenching Institute, Harvard University Dr. David R. McCann Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Literature, Emeritus, Harvard University Dr. Sung-Yoon Lee Kim Koo-Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies & Assistant Professor, The Fletcher School, Tufts University Ms. Suyeon Yang Chairwoman, Walden Korea and Jeju 4.3 Memorial and Families Association of the U.S Remarks Dr. Do-ol, Young-Oak Kim Philosopher Dr. Alex Taek-Gwang Lee A professor at the Department of British and American Cultural Studies and a founding director of the Center for Technology in Humanities, Kyung Hee University, South Korea & Advisor of Walden Korea Music Anna Choi, oboe a dual-degree student at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory. Anthony Choi, cello a dual-degree student at Harvard University and the New England Conservatory. Co-Hosted by Walden Korea The Jeju 4.3 Memorial and Families Association of the U.S., Memorial Committee for the Jeju April 3rd Uprising and Massacre, Sponsored by Truth and Justice International Network on the April 3 Jeju Massacre. 43 Committee of Jeju Special Self-Governing Provincial Council.





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