Memories of Gwangju A Conversation with Veteran U S  Officials

Memories of Gwangju A Conversation with Veteran U S Officials

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Join us for a discussion with Col. James Young and Amb. Robert Rich, who will reflect on the Gwangju Uprising. 

The Gwangju Uprising, the popular movement from May 18 to 27, 1980 that gave birth to the national struggle for democracy after decades of dictatorships stands as an important reminder of the price the Korean people had to pay to gain democratic freedom. Forty years after the momentous event, the role of the United States in the events surrounding the Gwangju Uprising remains a subject of controversy and a source of anti-Americanism in Korea. Did the United States authorize the movement of Korean troops used in the brutal suppression of the popular uprising? While the people of Gwangju appealed to the United States for help, why didn’t that help come? Join us for a discussion of these and many more questions on the role of the United States in Gwangju with veteran U.S. officials Amb. Robert Rich, Director of the Korea Desk, U.S. Department of State, and Col. James V. Young, Military Attaché, US Embassy Seoul.