HOBAK projects & work groups


community study

HOBAK community has been part of creating numerous study groups in past years, including the Tongil (Reunification) Study, the Bay Area Radical Korean History Study, RAD KAD (Radical Korean Adoptees) Study, anti-THAAD Study, and now a study group on China-Korea history and relations. In these study groups, we prioritize learning as a way for people to share experiences and heal. We also try to build a culture where activist jargon and Korean language are translated and explained. (image from 2018 "Reclaim MLK Day" action at Shellmound, Berkeley)





This work is held in the Stop THAAD / Anti-War committee to continue HOBAK’s ongoing work for peace and reunification, and continuing to build relationships with people engaged in anti-base struggles in Korea and other anti-imperialist diasporic communities in the Bay. (image from fall 2017 #KoreanPeace 'First Friday' action in Oakland)



The tradition of nonghwal comes from student movements in Korea when left student groups went to farms with the intention of politicizing and organizing farmers.  Often the farmers ended up politicizing and educating the students.  For our Nonghwal we went to Namu Farm to learn about Korean natural farming - ancestral farming practice that is geared toward subsistance farming with no external inputs.  This changed how we relate to plants, land, and to each other. Nonghwal will resume in Spring 2018. (image of perilla plants from Namu Farm)



The Sticky Rice Committee is dedicated to building community within HOBAK and addressing questions around how we as a group can live our values.  Currently, we’ve been exploring conflict resolution processes, how to address harm when it occurs in our community and what accountability looks like.  We’ve also been looking at how we integrate disability justice into our group both in terms of accessibility and how we can value people for who they are rather than for their labor. (image from Peace Not War protest in Korea during Trump's South Korea visit in November 2017)

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narrative building

In our peace and reunification work, we’ve consistently come up against the dominant narratives about Korea which focus on demonizing North Korea’s leadership.  It centers the question of whether people support or oppose the Kim family, rather than Korean people. We have been working with our sister groups around the country to construct our own narrative around Korea. Currently, we are still experimenting with our own storytelling, particularly on social media and in-person actions. (image from #KoreanPeace #PyeongChangOlympics opening ceremony Twitter hangout in February 2018)