Powering through: Self-taught photographer Adam Czelusta
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Powering through: Self-taught photographer Adam Czelusta

Adam Czelusta and I first crossed paths around 2014, when we both did some work for Groove magazine’s 100th edition. I got to interview human rights champion Yiombi Thona, and Adam’s photography accompanied the article. Later, Adam graciously allowed me to use one of his photos with my follow-up blog post.  More recently, when revamping…

House of Sharing update, part 3: The whistleblowers

House of Sharing update, part 3: The whistleblowers

It’s taken some time to put together this third post about Japanese military sexual slavery and the survivors at the House of Sharing in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province. A Korean friend helped me gather information for it, and I also got assistance from a bilingual personal assistant service. Ji Geunook, the friend who helped me, is knowledgeable…

House of Sharing update, part 2: Reaching the world
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House of Sharing update, part 2: Reaching the world

On Wednesday, May 5, protesters gathered outside the former site of the Japanese Embassy in Seoul as they do every Wednesday. The turnout may have been higher because of the Children’s Day holiday. They were calling for justice for the survivors of Japanese military sexual slavery — for Japan to make a genuine apology, acknowledge…

The cats of Yongsan, part 2: Doing the most good
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The cats of Yongsan, part 2: Doing the most good

Despite its increasing popularity as a humane, effective way of controlling feral cat populations, trap-neuter-release has its detractors. Cats get in people’s trash, said Kerri Burrows, who spearheaded the TNR project at Yongsan Garrison along with Nabiya and the Korean Veterinary Medical Association. “Cats that are unaltered get into fights. All that kind of stuff, right?”…

The cats of Yongsan, part 1: How one military wife took on TNR
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The cats of Yongsan, part 1: How one military wife took on TNR

Kerri Burrows used to go hiking on Namsan every week. On one hike, she saw a poster about stray cats. She couldn’t read it very well, but one of her Korean friends translated. “And it essentially said, you know, the cats are part of our community, we want to take care of them, please don’t be…

Survivors of Japanese military sexual slavery: How to show our support

Survivors of Japanese military sexual slavery: How to show our support

There’s a picture on my computer from 2009 that’s stayed with me: elderly women dancing in a circle, surrounded by drummers and dancers in traditional Korean garments. They were celebrating the first full moon of the Lunar New Year in an outdoor space at the House of Sharing in Gwangju, Gyeonggi Province, south of Seoul….

A big beagly day: Beagle Rescue Network Korea
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A big beagly day: Beagle Rescue Network Korea

Beagles, beagles everywhere. A bright beagly landscape, Disneyland for beagles, beaglemania — a magical place full of wagging tails, inquisitive noses and muddy paws. Also, a few dogs who aren’t beagles but must have decided to join the fun.  I admit I’m an overgrown child when it comes to beagles. I can’t help it. Many…