We are a collective of Koreans in the Bay Area, including queer and trans Koreans, mixed race Koreans and Korean adoptees, who are committed to building solidarity towards peace and demilitarization in Korea.
Through community and relationship-building, political education, direct action, and both local and transnational alliances, we seek to build a diasporic movement for peace, reunification and demilitarization in Korea. We dream of a transnational Korean anti-war movement that shifts culture as well as societal structures, and do our work with feminist, queer/trans, anti-racist and anti-imperialist values.
The seeds for HOBAK were planted about 10 years ago through a study group called Tongil (reunification) Study Bay Area. Through this study group, diasporic Koreans in the Bay were finding each other, building relationships, and learning about Korean history for several years before HOBAK became a formal collective of its own.
HOBAK initially grew as a political home for radical/leftist Koreans in diaspora, particularly queer/trans Koreans, who often felt alienated from more conservative Korean American communities. We explicitly wanted to create a space where people could bring their whole selves and learn from each other. Much of our work in the early years was around developing collective values, supporting individuals on exposure trips, engaging in solidarity work with anti-militarism and anti-base struggles in Korea, and challenging Korean anti-black racism in the US. We built relationships locally with similar groupings in other diasporic communities, and have been a long-time member of the Third World Solidarity formation with Bay Area-based transnational anti-imperialist formations. We also grew our solidarity with other Korean diasporic organizations and individuals across the US.
Through the years, HOBAK has grown to be a community space in which individuals can learn and grow with each other, building community locally as well as transnationally with our friends and comrades in South Korea. Today, we focus our work on US/Korean militarism and its continuing impacts while we also deepen our commitments to gender and disability justice in the process.