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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.