The Korean War left the Korean peninsula divided on the 38th parallel in 1953, and separated millions of families, many of whom have not seen each other in over fifty years. The two Koreas are still at war to this day, and the US does not yet have diplomatic relations with North Korea. There are 100,000 Korean Americans alone with immediate family members in North Korea, and for many of these individuals, it is their last wish to see their families once more.
On Monday, November 21 Penn for LiNK, Penn KSA and Asian Law and Politics Society, worked with Divided Families USA to make these wishes come true. It was an evening of deep reflection on the issue and what individuals can do to help these families be reunited. The official website for the Divided Families organization can be found here and a recent clip of the documentary on Arirang TV can be found below.
he short film was followed by a panel discussion of three distinguished guests: Mr. Michael Lammbrau, US Representative of Arirang Institute; Mr. Benjamin Katzeff Silberstein, North Korea expert; and Mr. Henry Song, North America Director for No Chain. The discussion was moderated by Mr. Daniel Lee, Korean Affairs Fellow of Rep. Charles Rangel & DFUSA Institutional Outreach Director.