Far from the DMZ

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Both Sides Now I purchased two bundles of postcards during my travels to the DMZ, more specifically to Panmunjom and the Joint Security Area--one from ROK (South Korea/SK) in 1995 and one from DPRK (North Korea/NK) in 1998. I selected five images from each set of ten that reveal the most significant or particular ...
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Sukjong Hong

Sukjong Hong is a writer and artist working on graphic novels and oral history-related projects. She writes about immigration, labor, cities, militarism, and East Asian politics, with a focus on Korea and social movements. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Nib, Al Jazeera America, Gothamist, Triple Canopy Magazine, and The Feminist Wire, among others. She has participated in organizing actions and public events and education related to Korean peace movements since 2002.