YKU & KAPJ Chronology 1983-2008

Still need to be copyedited from Illustrator files

1945

Liberation from Japanese colonization; Ideological conflicts emerge

1950

Korea is divided after the Korean war

1960

Corruption of Syngman Rhee regime leads to 4.19 Student Uprising

1961

5.16 coup d’etat leads to 18 years of the Park Chung-hee dictatorship

1970

Chun TaeIl’s self-immolation sparks the democracy movement

1979

Park Chung-hee assassinated; Chun DooHwan executes coup d’etat

1980

Suppression of democracy movement leads to 5.18 Uprising

1981

The “last fugitive” Yoon HanBong gains political asylum in the U.S.

1983

The Committee to Support Victims of the Gwangju Uprising formed

The Korean Resource Center is founded in Los Angeles
Protests Condemning the Murder of Vincent Chin
Young Koreans United of Los Angeles is formed

1984

Young Koreans United of USA formed
The Korean Resource Center in San Francisco established
Young Koreans United of San Francisco formed
Young Koreans United of New York formed
Young Koreans United of Chicago formed
Young Koreans United of Seattle formed
Young Koreans United of Chicago first general meeting held
YKASEC in New York established

1985

Young Koreans United of New England formed
Young Koreans United of Philadelphia formed
The 5.18 Uprising Commemoration Committee formed
Young Koreans United of Dallas formed
YKU holds conference on reunification and Third World solidarity

1986

Call for U.S. troops and nuclear weapons out of Korea
Democracy in Korea Committee formed in the U.S.
Korean American Resource & Cultural Center of Chicago founded
Young Koreans United of Denver formed
Young Koreans United of Washington D.C. formed
Korea Information and Resource Center of D.C. founded
YKU Conference for the Overseas Movement held in D.C.
Protests against U.S. troops and nuclear weapons continue
Protests held in front of the White House

1987

Torture death of Park Jong Chul leads to hunger strike
Korean People's Resource Centre in Sydney, Australia founded
Im Jin-taek original pansori, “TongBaDa” tours the U.S.
Yoo Hong-Joon and Kim YongTae exhibit a people's art show
Vigil in remembrance of Korean victims of the nuclear bomb
"Korea: The Nuclear Trigger of the World" photo exhibit
YKU holds international conference on democracy and reunification
Korean Alliance for Peace and Justice of USA is formed
Dialogue on the problems facing Korea held for general public

1988

100,000 sign petition for removal of U.S. nuclear weapons
YKU holds international conference in New York to support the 8.15 North-South Korea Student Conference for Peace and Unification
YKU sends two representatives to the 8.15 Conference
Presidential candidate Baek Giwan tours the U.S.

1989

YKU’s "Cry of Asia" cultural performance tours Europe and Asia The film "Oh, A Country of My Dreams" screens in the U.S.
"International March for Peace and Unification” from North to South
Korea and the U.S. Peace March"" from New York to D.C."
International Solidarity Committee for Peace and Unification formed
Participation in the European Non-Nuclear Arms Reduction Council
Three week hunger strike against proposed separate membership of the two Koreas into the U.N. and in support of a peace treaty held

1990

Young Koreans United of Canada formed
Young Koreans United of Australia formed
The film, "The Night Before Strike" tours the U.S.
Support and fundraising for "Pico Korea” workers who visit the U.S. National Teachers Union of Korea members tour North America
YKU holds conference for Peace and Self Determined Unification
Two week hunger strike and diplomatic advocacy upon the separate induction of the two Koreas into the U.N.
Young Koreans United International formed

1987

Torture death of Park Jong Chul leads to hunger strike
Korean People's Resource Centre in Sydney, Australia founded
Im Jin-taek original pansori, “TongBaDa” tours the U.S.
Yoo Hong-Joon and Kim YongTae exhibit a people's art show
Vigil in remembrance of Korean victims of the nuclear bomb
"Korea: The Nuclear Trigger of the World" photo exhibit
YKU holds international conference on democracy and reunification
Korean Alliance for Peace and Justice of USA is formed
Dialogue on the problems facing Korea held for general public

1988

100,000 sign petition for removal of U.S. nuclear weapons
YKU holds international conference in New York to support the 8.15 North-South Korea Student Conference for Peace and Unification
YKU sends two representatives to the 8.15 Conference
Presidential candidate Baek Giwan tours the U.S.

1989

YKU’s "Cry of Asia" cultural performance tours Europe and Asia The film "Oh, A Country of My Dreams" screens in the U.S.
"International March for Peace and Unification” from North to South
Korea and the U.S. Peace March"" from New York to D.C."
International Solidarity Committee for Peace and Unification formed
Participation in the European Non-Nuclear Arms Reduction Council
Three week hunger strike against proposed separate membership of the two Koreas into the U.N. and in support of a peace treaty held

1990

Young Koreans United of Canada formed
Young Koreans United of Australia formed
The film, "The Night Before Strike" tours the U.S.
Support and fundraising for "Pico Korea” workers who visit the U.S. National Teachers Union of Korea members tour North America
YKU holds conference for Peace and Self Determined Unification
Two week hunger strike and diplomatic advocacy upon the separate induction of the two Koreas into the U.N.
Young Koreans United International formed

1991

Young Koreans United of Europe formed
The film "Mother, it's your Son" screens in the U.S.
Korean American Community Center of Philadelphia is founded
Rallies in front of the U.N. in support of a peace treaty and unification that is peaceful and self determined
“Sound of Liberation" tours Europe and Australia
Support and fundraising efforts for "Pico Korea” workers
1992
The Korean Canadian Resource Center in Toronto is founded
The film "Opening the School's Gates" screens in the U.S.
Campaign to Abolish the National Security Law (NSL)
Conference to Strengthen the Overseas Movement
Symposium on the future of the 2nd generation movement
Protests against NSL and to support political prisoners
In support of political prisoners, "Faceless Heroes" is screened

1993

Ahn Chi-Whan’s North American tour of “Forever Pine Tree"
Telegram campaign for the withdrawal of U.S. Troops in Korea
"HanNuRi", Korean American Cultural Troupe is formed in L.A.
Washington Post ad campaign for peace and a nuclear free Korea
Participation in the World Human Rights Caucus in Vienna
“Madang” featuring Korean Japanese cultural troupe tour
March for Peace and Justice in Washington, D.C.
Support for Korean political prisoners during the harsh winter

1994

ToBakYi tours North America to mark the 5.18 Uprising
Rally for peace in Korea organized in front of the U.N.
Protest against the U.S. visit of Emperor Akahito of Japan
Conference on the development of the overseas movement Celebration of the 10th anniversary of YKU of U.S.A.
NAKASEC is established in Los Angeles
Campaign against Proposition 187 in California

2001

Protests in solidarity with hunger strike for human rights in Korea
Ads in major cities against president Kim Dae Jung’s human rights record during his official visit to the U.S.
“Textbook controversy” protests at Japanese consulates in 4 cities 
Commemoration of the 5.18 Uprising in five U.S. regions
“For Peace in the Korean Peninsula, Peace in MaeHyangRi and Vieques” events and activities
 
Joint letter by 300 organizations opposing State Department’s opposition to historic comfort women lawsuit delivered Kim Soon-Duk halmoni during rally in front of U.S. State Department 
Kim Soon-Duk halmoni speaks for House resolution on redress

North Korea Food Aid and Feed the Hungry Children campaigns reaches $300,000 fundraising mark

Activities highlighting need for redress for former comfort women at the 50th anniversary of the San Francisco Peace Treaty
Participation in protests in major cities against U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and for civil liberties protections for all
Presentation on Comfort Women for the Asian American Union at Brown University

2002
 
Briefings to Korean media following meeting with U.N.'s World Food Programme's Asia Director on the North Korea food crisis
Protests and letter to president Kim Dae Jung calling for delivery of rice to North Korea towards future peace and reconciliation
 
YKU and KAPJ organizes "Towards the Building of a Progressive Peace Movement” international conference in New York which includes Peace March at Union Square and a symposium
Participation in the national protests against the war in Iraq, organized by "Not In Our Name" (New York, Chicago, Seattle)

2003

YKU holds weekly protests against the U.S. invasion and war in Iraq every Saturday in Koreatown, Los Angeles for one year.
Campaign for a U.S. House resolution to normalize relations between North Korea and the U.S. includes 45 legislative visits to members of Congress and 9,000 letters sent nationally.
Korea Peace Network Jung Woo-Shik conducts a 4-city speaking tour on prospects for peace in the Korean peninsula.

2004

Participation in protests on the 1st anniversary of the Iraq War.
Participation in protests one year after Bush's victory declaration.
Ten day outreach to help the Ryong-chun explosion train victims. $4,000 is sent to the World Food Programme of the U.N.
YKU marks its 20th anniversary with "Towards Peace in Korea and the Political Empowerment of Korean Americans" conference March in front of the Republican National Convention for “Peace from Korea to Iraq" and "Immigrant Rights are Human Rights".

2005

YKU commemorates the 5.18 Uprising with Bruce Cumings on U.S.'s War on Terror and its Policy towards North Korea.

2007

Participation in international day of action calling for a resolution on redress for comfort women on the 60th anniversary of WWII.
Support for Kim Koon-Ja halmoni’s testimony at a Congressional hearing on comfort women redress. Call-in days held for H.R. 121.
March and protests on the 3rd anniversary of the Iraq War

2008

Young Koreans United dissolves officially on April 5, 2008
Korean Alliance for Peace and Justice undergoes reorganization