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Sept. 27: "Soviet Koreans in Uzbekistan", a talk by Victoria Kim

Surviving and Prospering Through the Ordeal

In August 1937, Joseph Stalin decided to deport ethnic Koreans from the SovietUnion's Far East to Central Asia. In less than two months, over 170,000 people were loaded on cargo trains and transported to Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan on a horrendous journey across Siberia. Almost 80 years later, over half a million ethnic Koreans still live in the former Soviet Union, mostly in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia.  Their tragedies are also stories of courage and survival that echo in the present-day global drama of forced migration. Victoria Kim's grandfather came to Uzbekistan in 1937 as a seven-year-old boy on a cattle train. His life story – together with accounts of otherKorean deportees – inspired Victoria to produce her multimedia documentary long-read “Lost and Found in Uzbekistan: The Korean Story”. She will talk about this unique diaspora in a region still unknown to many; London Times correspondent Calum MacLeod will moderate.   
WHAT: "Soviet Koreans in Uzbekistan: Surviving and Prospering Through the Ordeal", a talk by Victoria Kim
WHEN: Tuesday, Sept.27, 2016 from 7:30-9:00 PM
The Bookworm 
COST: RMB 65 for members of the RASBJ or Bookworm, RMB 75 for non-members.
RSVP: email order@beijingbookworm.com and please write "Soviet Koreans" in the subject header
MORE ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Victoria Kim holds a MA from the Johns Hopkins University’s SAIS in Korean Studies and MA from the University of Bolton in International Multimedia Journalism. Originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, she is currently based in Beijing, China, as a multimedia writer and producer. Currently, Victoria is working on a full-format documentary movie based on her stories.



 This autumn RASBJ has scheduled something for everyone. From Prof. Neil Schmid's 9/24 talk on "Cosmopolitan Buddhist Caves of Dunhuang"; to Duncan Clark, author of "Alibaba: The House that Jack Ma Built" speaking at Capital M on 9/25; to Dr. Daniel Vuillermin discussing gene-editing and traditional Chinese views of the human body in "The End of Disease?" on 9/26.  At the Bookworm, Sept. 27 at 7:30 PM, Victoria Kim recounts the fate of Koreans in the Russian Far East, including her grandfather, deported by Stalin to Uzbekistan in 1937. Details are in the events box (left) -- or sign up on this site to join our mailing list. Hope to see you soon!




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