Thursday, November 27, 2008

ER Holiday Party

December 19th Eclipse Rising Holiday Potluck and North Korea Report Back

Join us for good food, celebration and a report back of our trip to North Korea through zainichi perspective

Eclipse Rising and JPRN

Party - Holiday Party

Time and Place Date:
Friday, December 19, 2008
5:00pm - 8:00pm
Asian Resource Center
310 8th St. First floor conference room
Oakland, CA


Join Eclipse Rising and JPRN for holiday fun with lots of good food, discussions and a unique report back by two zainichis who went to North Korea.

slide show

This event is free and open to the public

This is also is a potluck event, so please bring food or drinks

Article on So Im Lee

Sunday, November 16, 2008

North Korea report back by two Eclipse Rising members

Two Weeks in North Korea

In summer of 2008, eleven Korean Americans, Korean Canadians, and zainichi Koreans of Japan embarked on a peace delegation to North Korea. Four of us--including anti-militarism grassroots peace activists, a Korea policy expert, an art teacher, and a postdoctoral researcher--will share our stories.

We welcome you in joining us for an illuminating evening that includes the following:

* Slide-show

* Q and A

* Perspectives on life, culture, and politics in North Korea

* Sharing of personal accounts

Please note that we will be presenting three nights (East Oakland, Chinatown, and UC Berkeley) in the Bay Area!

7-9 p.m.

Eastside Arts Alliance
2277 International Blvd.
Oakland, CA 94606
(510) 533-6629


7-9 p.m.

UC Berkeley
370 Dwinelle


a special presentation by Eclipse Rising on
December 19th, Asian Resources Center, 310 8th St., in Oakland Chinatown. Look out for event posting coming soon!
FREE and open to the public.

Brought to you by the Bay Area participants of DEEP (DPRK Exposure and Education Program) 2008

Correction on some background information about Zainichi History (on the first post: beginning of Eclipse Rising)

Correction on the following sentence in the first post:
"Although multiple generations of Koreans have been born in Japan, one was still a Korean until the 1980s when a new law allowed foreigners to apply for Japanese citizenship."

Actually, Japanese government allowed Koreans in Japan to apply for Japanese citizenship even before the change of Nationality Act in 1984. But this Act made it easier mainly by changing the way to grant Japanese citizenship to children of Zainichi from only paternal line to both paternal and maternal lines. However, this law has tighter conditions for the people to apply for Japanese citizenship.
The main purpose of this law was to have more half-Zainich children to be Japanese citizen, thus encourage assimilation to Japan rather than having them keep their Korean nationality and fight against the discrimination. Since Japanese assimilation policy and discrimination is based on nationality.

Recent trend is that more and more people in younger generation have Japanese citizenship, but cannot find their identity. Zainichi situation has become more complex than two decades ago.

Another Zainichi Blog

Please check out a fellow zainichi's blog. Mostly written in Japanese:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

BBC News: Japan Struggles with WWII Legacy

Article on BBC News about Japan's current attitude toward their actions during World War II.

New Nikkei Calendar 2009

National Japanese American Historical Society created a lovely "Nikkei Diaspora Comfort Food" calendar for 2009. The zainichi Korean recipe for Horumon-Yaki is proudly part of the calendar. Visit their website for more information about the calendar.

UN Human Rights Committee - Observations in Japan

Dear friends

Just for your information:

Here is UN Human Rights Committee's Concluding Observations to Japan
adopted at its 94th session. HRC is a supervisory body for the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

Paragraph 23, 24, 25, 30 and 31 includes those recommendations to the
Japanese government which are related to Korean minority, refugees,
migrant workers or trafficking.

Masataka Okamoto
Vice-secretary General, Solidarity Network with Migrant, Japan