Chairperson, DAROK, Co-Chair Global Veterans and Military Families Caucus

  • rsvped for Inauguration Celebration 2021-01-18 08:52:49 -0500

    Inauguration Celebration

     

    We're ready for a Biden-Harris administration! We'll be on Zoom on Thursday January 21st at 7pm KST to celebrate!

    We'll be talking about our favorite moments of the inauguration, and where we go from here. Bring your favorite drink and snack, and we'll (socially distanced) toast the new Democrat administration and successes!

    WHEN
    January 21, 2021 at 7pm
    WHERE
    Zoom
    14 Teheran-ro 26-gil
    Asia-Pacific/Seoul?52??
    Seoul 135-080
    South Korea
    Google map and directions
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  • Pearl Harbor Rememberance 2020: Pearl Harbor through the eyes of children

    Volunteers practicing a gas drill on Honolulu. Every child over the age of 7

    was issued a gas mask after the Pearl Harbor Attack.

    By Jim Moss and Tilly Gaillard

    December 7th is the anniversary of the surprise bombing of Pearl Harbor, home to the U.S. Pacific Fleet in Hawaii, by the Imperial Japanese Navy. This event triggered the U.S. decision to enter WWII. 

    The first strike sank the USS Arizona and its crew in 40 feet of water. 1,177 sailors and Marines were killed while 335 escaped.

    In the second strike, 10 torpedoes hit the USS Oklahoma. It sank with 400 men aboard.

    In the end, of the 92 ships docked at Pearl Harbor, 19 sank. The final toll was 2,388 dead and 1,178 wounded. The Japanese only lost 29 of their 353.

    Suspicion led to the internment of Japanese Americans with as little as 1/16th Japanese blood in detention centers in the U.S. between 1942 and 1945. After the War returning to “normal life” was hard, with no shortage of racism and discrimination.

    Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Roy Stacy, former Vice Chair of the DA Brittany Chapter, witnessed the event as a 4-year old and recorded it in his riveting memoirs, A Delinquent’s Detour.

     

    “My earliest remembrance from growing up in Hawaii was when I was 4 years old on December 7, 1941. It was early Sunday morning and my father and I were out washing his pride and joy, a 1936 yellow convertible Packard. Just before 8 am we were surprised to see dozens of fighter aircraft, with bright red zeros, bombs and torpedoes under their fuselages. They dropped over the mountains and began low level attacks on air bases and especially Pearl Harbor.  

     

    My father and I ran down to the beach at the end of our lane where we had an unobstructed view of Pearl Harbor just a kilometer away over the water. After digging shallow fox holes we lay there mesmerized by the continuous explosions. My mother emerged from her hiding place under her bed to periodically run to the beach, check on us, and then return to her under-the-bed air raid shelter.

     

    We learned later that 358 Japanese aircraft had been launched from 6 aircraft carriers north east of Honolulu so they could attack with the blinding sun behind the fighters.  A Japanese hallmark.

     

    From nearby Fort DeRussy some anti aircraft guns hit one aircraft which crash landed at the far end of the beach near us. My father ran down and took a ten inch morsel of the plane and gave it to me as a souvenir. It has unfortunately been lost during the many moves my family made over the years.  

     

    By Monday all the beaches were closed, covered in multiple strands of barbed wire and a curfew in place.  A Japanese invasion was anticipated as had occurred on Wake Island.  Fortunately, it never came.”


  • signed up on AAPI Signup 2020-07-11 21:37:46 -0400

  • signed up on Global Black Caucus Signup 2020-06-21 07:46:15 -0400

  • IMPORTANT: THE GLOBAL PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY IN SOUTH KOREA

    CANCELED: Seoul In-Person GPP Voting on March 7, 2020

    Sadly, with coronavirus concerns and the dramatic increase in cases in South Korea, we've decided to cancel the in-person voting event we were going to hold on March 7, 2020.

    But! The Global Presidential Primary is still the easiest Democratic Primary for overseas voters to participate in thanks to:


    EMAIL & MAIL-IN VOTING

    Registered Democrats Abroad members should have received a ballot for DA's global primary in their email on February 18, 2020. If you didn't see it in your inbox, you can download the ballot here on the Democrats Abroad website. Just fill it out and send it back by email or post! The deadline is March 10, 2020.

    Coronavirus may be exceptionally frustrating, but don't let the virus disenfranchise you! Democrats Abroad represents 9 million Americans living abroad and has as much weight as any US state party in the Democratic Primary. Your vote for your favorite Democratic candidate can have potentially 4x more impact than back at home!

    CAUTION: You CAN NOT vote for a Presidential Candidate in both your home state primary and the GPP.

    So we hope you choose to use your vote for the GPP!

    It's impactful.

    It's easy.

    It's right now!

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  • published Welcome to Democrats Abroad South Korea! in News 2020-01-22 18:15:37 -0500

    Welcome to Democrats Abroad South Korea!

    Democrats Abroad South Korea (DAROK) is the official country committee for all Democrats living abroad in South Korea. All English teachers and all workers. All spouses and children. All refugees and students abroad for the first time. The goals of our organization are to provide you the tools and means by which you can make your voice heard, even halfway across the world. With DAROK, you can be sure you, your friends, and your family are registered to vote.

    Membership is available only to US citizens. Joining Democrats Abroad does not cancel your registration with your home state. Everyone still votes through their home state for the November election

    Watch this space for upcoming announcements of events and news pertaining to DAROK. We have events planned throughout the year, and anyone interested is encouraged to join.

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