The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Department of Political Science will present a lecture titled “The Massacres at Mt. Halla: Sixty Years of Truth-Seeking in South Korea” by Dr. Hun Joon Kim on Wednesday April 24, 2013.
The presentation will take place in Saunders Hall 624 (Harry Friedman Room) at 2424 Maile Way on the UH Mānoa campus, from 1:30 p.m until 3:00 a.m.
Kim’s talk will deal with the work of the commission created to investigate the so-called Jeju 4.3 events. These were a series of armed uprisings and counterinsurgency actions that occurred between 1947 and 1954 in Jeju, South Korea. The counterinsurgency strategy was extremely brutal, involving mass arrests and detentions, forced relocations, torture, indiscriminate killings, and many large-scale massacres of civilians. The conflict resulted in an estimated 30,000 deaths, or 10 percent of the population of Jeju in 1947. The massacres were hidden from the public, and any demands for truth and justice were suppressed during forty years of authoritarian rule.
With democratization in 1987, local students, activists, and journalists embarked upon a movement to reveal the truth about civilian massacres. After long and painstaking years of grassroots advocacy, the National Commission for investigating the Truth about the Jeju 4.3 Events and Recovering the Honor of the Victims (Jeju Commission) was created. The Jeju Commission has gone largely unnoticed by scholars and practitioners around the world. In this presentation, Kim will address two main questions: first, why and through what process did South Korea establish the Jeju Commission? Second, what has the Jeju Commission accomplished and how has it affected South Korean society?
For further information about the talk, contact the Department of Political Science at (808) 956‑8357; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.