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Human Asia Newsletter October 2017
 Human Asia (humanasia@humanasia.org)     2017년 10월 31일    646  
  
October 2017 HUMAN ASIA NEWS
October 2017/No.89

NEWS No. 1
Human Asia President Soh Re-elected as a Member of UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee
On September 30, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that "Professor Soh Changrok was re-elected in UN Human Rights Council Advisory Committee for his second term, until September 2020". Soh was elected by 32 of the 47 member states of the HRC in Asia-Pacific group's vacancies in two seats in which three candidates vied for.  The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that President Soh was re-elected by contributing to the Advisory Committee during his first term including writing reports on "Local Government and Human Rights", and "Role of Local Government in the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights" and also by participating as a rapporteur in "The Negative Impact of the Non-repatriation of funds of Illicit Origin on the Enjoyment of Human Rights". The Ministry of Foreign Affairs also announced how  "the government expects Korea to contribute to the promotion and protection of international human rights, and will continue to actively support domestic human rights experts."    
 
 

NEWS No. 2
Samsung Dream Scholarship Certification 
On September 14, 2017 Samsung Dream Global Scholarship Award was held at Samsung Dream Scholarship Foundation. Human Asia conducted a preliminary survey of SNEHA schools in Arunachal Pradesh, India, last February with the support from Samsung Dream Scholarship Foundation. With Samsung Deam Scholarship Funds, Human Asia will execute educational support for SNEHA schools- student leadership program and teachers empowerment program- from 2017 to 2018.   
  

NEWS No. 3
New Family Members of Human Asia
Yang Moonkyung, Kim Hyojin, Kim Mijee and Hong Jee Yeon newly joined Human Asia as 2017 Winter interns. They will be in charge of writing bi-weekly newsletter 'Hurasia' by monitoring articles on human rights situation in Asia, providing summary and translation, and will be expected to conduct research on contemporary human rights issues and to assist coordination for any upcoming  Human Asia events. We are very lucky to have such talented workers this winter!
  
   
BOOK
 The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum
Written by Heinrich Böll/ Published by Penguin Classics (2009)
First published in 1974, and now one of Le Monde's 100 Books of the Century, The Lost Honor of Katharina Blum examines how violence develops and where it can lead. This book is a reflection on the power of tabloid journalism, and its power over what we read and believe. It follows a series of events in the life of an ordinary woman (Blum) hunted by the media who experiences steep downfall of her good name and reputation. When she decides to take a gun to the reporter who was responsible for her downfall, someone declares that the shots she fired were aimed at the freedom of the press.
Journalists are expected to be unprejudiced, watchful and honest. Nonetheless, any reader will realize how journalists claim that Blum is a communist, (while increasing hysteria in the society and feeding off from story-hungry readers) are not giving any proof of it. The freedom of the press could be easily used as a disguise that hides false accusations and propaganda, because readers rarely check facts. The author shows that the freedom of the press is not only about speaking openly, but speaking honestly and taking reponsibility for each word. 
MOVIE
 MISSING: Woman
2016/ Directed by Lee Eon-hee/ Starring Gong Hyo-jin, Uhm Ji-won
MISSING, the movie portrays the many issues women and migrants face in the Korean society, and of course making it difficult to watch as a mom, and a woman. However, upon reflection, I realized it was not a movie about a mother's affection, but also about societal inequality, discrimination and unfairness. The relationship between 'Gab('dominant') amd 'Eul('subordinate')' is seen from two perspectives: Jisun and Hanmae.
Jisun
falls under three: a working woman, a single mom, as well as a divorced woman. She is discriminated against by society, and judged by others at her workplace, and not the least, by her-in-laws. Due to the prejudice and different treatments Jisun is forced to endure, she has to struggle until late into the night, thereby not allowing her to spend a minute with her child. She constantly has to prove herself to others, that she is not inferior to them, just because she has a child. It clearly portrays the reality of the male-oriented Korean society, in which... 
UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Human Asia 'Chakma Refugee Children's Educational Support' Fundraising Night   (December 8)

 
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