Korean history researcher Hayana Kim will speak in a free virtual event May 18 (7 p.m. CST) on the legacy of democracy in South Korea, and in honor of the 43rd anniversary of the 1980 Gwangju Uprising, a pivotal moment in South Korea’s struggle to reject a military dictatorship and re-establish democratic rule. The uprising resulted in hundreds of deaths of demonstrators after the military was sent into the city of Gwangju to violently put down the pro-democracy demonstrations.
The presentation, entitled Revolutionaries of the 5.18 Gwangju Uprising: Ordinary People’s Struggle for Democracy, is sponsored by the HANA Center of Chicago, and the NAKASEC Network. Kim’s presentation will be followed by a Q and A session, and a response by Korean American youth. The event will be held in English and Korean, with interpretation in both languages.
Please see the link for registration and more information.