Violence, not food: Animal activist Heeji Yi
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Violence, not food: Animal activist Heeji Yi

Heeji Yi has become an unstoppable force in the local animal rights scene. She’s attended protests, done vegan education at Cube of Truth events, and organized Save vigils for animals on their way to slaughter. This year she founded Direct Action Everywhere Seoul. Her first Save vigil, about a year ago, was for chickens. Since…

‘Lift them, don’t shift them’: Refugee activist Yiombi Thona
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‘Lift them, don’t shift them’: Refugee activist Yiombi Thona

It was an honor to interview Yiombi Thona in 2014 for a special issue of Groove Korea to commemorate the magazine’s 100th edition. The theme was “100 expats who made a difference in Korea.” Even though the resulting article had to be cut short to fit the tight space, I’m happy to say Yiombi’s human…

Cube of Truth: Vegan activism in Seoul
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Cube of Truth: Vegan activism in Seoul

The first time I took the subway to Myeong-dong, the busy shopping area in downtown Seoul, to observe a Cube of Truth event, I had been following the group’s activities on social media for some time. The activists were representing Anonymous for the Voiceless, AV for short. According to its international website, “Anonymous for the…