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Loving the Place You Live

Sometimes it takes someone from outside to show us new perspectives on how to live at home. Bahrain is a small island country situated near the western shores of the Persian Gulf, located over seven thousand miles from the Korean peninsula. There a humble middle-aged...

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Korean Diaspora in Seeking Independence

While most Koreans are very familiar with the March 1919 Korean Independence Movement, it is easy to forget the seminal role the Korean Diaspora played in the drive for self-governance. The non-violent demonstrations against Japanese colonizers on March 1st, 1919...

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Three Bows

A university professor invited a former colleague to tea. They hadn't seen each other for years, so the latter was surprised with the call. As they settled down in the warm sunshine streaming into the tea house and enjoyed the warm aroma that wafted up from their...

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We are All Related

Imagine a society where everyone was related to each other as one big family. What would that look like? There are many good cultural examples around the globe that hint at what that might be like. Korea is one place where this notion of human interconnectedness can...

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Potential of Engaging Koreas Diaspora in Unification

Koreans in the diaspora suffer from divided families the same as Koreans on the peninsula. We are affected by and engaged in the fate of a divided homeland and often can bring a broader perspective to meeting the challenge of unification. I believe that the diaspora...

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The Role of Family in Peace

Family metaphors are frequently used to express a remarkable closeness or intimacy between people. Sayings such as, “he’s like a brother to me” or, “they’re like family” signifies something that people often feel no need to explain what family is like. Familial...

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Calling on the Korean Diaspora

“As I reflect on the memories of my father, I think of the Korean people, who, like the salmon, need to return to their original hometown, the place of their birth to begin the next cycle of life. That place begins with our founding mythology of Dangun and is...

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Everyday Korean Unification

Crossing the Line We stood on the observatory looking across the 38th parallel. Beyond the barbed wire I could see bald hills rolling from one side of the horizon to the other. It had taken us 50 km to bike from Seoul to Imjinkak. It was our simple act for Korean...

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