Resolution J2244-2013

Honoring the Harriet/Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives and KACE for their devoted work on behalf of Comfort Women

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  • Jun 11, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 11, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • Jun 7, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holo-
caust  Resource  Center and Archives at Queensborough Community College,
and Korean American Civic Empowerment for their devoted work  on  behalf
of Comfort Women

WHEREAS,  It is the sense of this Legislative Body to recognize that the
quality and character of life in the communities across New  York  State
are reflective of the concerned and dedicated efforts of those organiza-
tions  and individuals who would devote themselves to the welfare of the
community and its citizenry; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor the
Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives at
Queensborough Community College, and Korean American  Civic  Empowerment
for their devoted work on behalf of Comfort Women; and
  WHEREAS,  In  1937, over 200,000 teenage girls were forced into sexual
slavery by the invading Japanese armies; these young women, referred  to
as Comfort Women, were sent throughout Asia accompanying these soldiers;
and
  WHEREAS,  At  the  end  of  World War II, nearly 100,000 had perished;
these survivors sought justice, but were met with  stern  statements  of
denial;  while  these  Comfort Women survivors are dwindling, they still
seek recognition and justice for what was perpetrated against them; and
  WHEREAS, To assist them in their quest for justice,  the  Harriet  and
Kenneth  Kupferberg  Holocaust Center's Asian Internship Justice Program
familiarizes its students with the injustices  brought  upon  the  Asian
population during World War II; and
  WHEREAS,  Nine  students  at Queensborough Community College's Harriet
and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and Archives  completed
their  Asian  Internship Project which consisted of interviews of actual
"Comfort Women" survivors in Korea via Skype; and
  WHEREAS, The nine 2013 Student Interns were: Zeba Natasha Babar, Alex-
ander Crombez, Ashley Gee, Lauren Hussey, Daniella Lampone, Lee Kwan Li,
Weiwu Li, Jialong Xie, and Ming Ming Zhou; and
  WHEREAS, The goal of the Members of Korean American Civic  Empowerment
(KACE),  the  Asian  Social  Justice Interns of the Kupferberg Holocaust
Center at Queensborough Community College, and  the  residents  of  this
great Empire State is to seek justice for the Korean Comfort Women; and
  WHEREAS,  Under  the  leadership  of  Dr.  Diane B. Call, President of
Queensborough Community College and Dr. Arthur Flug, Executive  Director
of  the  Harriet  and  Kenneth  Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center and
Archives, and Dongchan Kim, President of Korean American Civic  Empower-
ment,  the  Asian  Social  Justice  Interns  have  striven  mightily and
successfully in conducting an instructional program  that  has  reminded
the world of the tragedy and of the Comfort Women of Korea; and
  WHEREAS, Incorporating the guide words of the Holocaust, Never Forget,
these  interns  have  emerged not only as students knowledgeable of this
horrific issue that has plagued these  survivors  for  more  than  seven
decades,  but  have  emerged as spokespersons for social justice for all
members of their generation; and
  WHEREAS, The outstanding  group  of  Queensborough  Community  College
students  embodying  the diverse cultural diversity of the school's more
than 150 nationalities speaking 62  distinct  languages  bound  together
with  a  fervent  commitment for social justice for the members of their
generation and volunteered to study the issue of the Comfort Women,  and
in  doing  so,  have  spread much needed insight and a distinct call for
justice far beyond the college campus; and

  WHEREAS, It is  the  practice  of  this  Legislative  Body  that  when
students  and  organizations  of such noble aims and accomplishments are
brought to our attention, they should be celebrated  and  recognized  by
all the citizens of this great Empire State; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
honor the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource  Center  and
Archives  at  Queensborough Community College, and Korean American Civic
Empowerment for their devoted work on behalf of Comfort Women; and be it
further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource  Center
and  Archives  at Queensborough Community College, Korean American Civic
Empowerment, and the nine aforementioned student interns.

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