Soobok is affiliated with Nodotdol, and first visited North Korea (DPRK) in 1995, and has returned several times since then. on group tours. He visited North Korea in 2012, where he attended International Trade Fair in Pyong Yang. In both 2013 and 2015, he visited for 2 weeks each and talked with scholars, scientists, & technicians in colleges, institutions, factories and farms, where he took photos and recorded videos. His last planned trip to North Korea in Nov. 2017 was prevented by the recently imposed US travel ban.
Soobok was born in 1944 at Nonsan, a South Korean rice farming village. There was one Korea at the time, until August 1945, when Japan withdrew from Korea, replaced by the US Army. Instead of liberation, Korea was divided. In June 1950 the Korean War broke. In July 1950, Soobok was hit by US air strikes, with 3 & 9 year old sisters. Two uncles and a nephew were killed on Aug. 1950, and a niece killed by a US Army truck.
Nodutdol is a community of first through fourth generation Koreans living in the U.S. We are a community that has families in both, the south and north of Korea. We are diverse in our backgrounds and perspectives, but bound together by our shared sense of the Korean homeland that continues to suffer under division [with the understanding that the concept of ‘home’ may vary]. We are part of the Korean diaspora spread throughout the globe made up of artists, filmmakers, teachers, students, workers, professionals, young families, etc. who believe in social justice.
Through grassroots organizing and community development, Nodutdol seeks to bridge divisions created by war, nation, gender, sexual orientation, language, class, and generation among Koreans and to empower our community to address the injustices we and other people of color face here and abroad. Nodutdol works in collaboration with other progressive organizations locally, nationally and internationally as part of a larger movement for peace and social change.
Nodutdol seeks to contribute to a global people’s struggle against war and militarism as part of a Korean struggle for national unification and democracy, and as part of a U.S.-based peoples’ struggle for racial, social and economic justice in New York City. In that spirit, we are building a broad base of NYC Koreans who struggle against war and militarism on these two fronts.