On Tuesday, November 17th, the Wellesley Advocates for North Korean Human Rights (ANKHR), Wellesley Asian Alliance (WAA), and American Studies Department presented the “Women, Militarization, and Peace building,” panel which focused on women’s roles in discussions about the Korean peninsular division. Christine Ahn, founder and Executive director of WomenCrossDMZ, began the panel with a documentary showing her organizations’ crossing of the DMZ in 2015. Chahee Stanfield of Divided Families USA spoke next about her organization’s efforts to reunite Korean Americans with their family members in North Korea. Jieun Baek of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs concluded the panel with remarks on how academia and activism has shaped her career and interest in North Korea. Following the panel, Dohee Lee captivated the audience with her performance of her original piece, “MAGO”.
ANKHR would like to thank ANKHR e-board, Professor Terry Park, Wellesley Asian Alliance, and the American Studies Department for organizing the event. We also thank the CLCE,Office of Karen Shih, East Asian Studies Department, East Asian Languages and Cultures Department, Peace and Justice Studies Department, and the Political Science Department for their support of this event. Finally, we would like to thank everyone who attended this event.