Adoptee Pride! @Seoul Queer Culture Festival – Saturday, June 1, 2019, 2:30pm


Come hang out with SPEAK at this year’s Queer Culture Festival! All adoptees and allies are welcome!

Booths open from 11 a.m.
Performances start from 2 p.m.
SPEAK will meet at 2:30pm
Parade starts at 4 p.m.

This year, SPEAK’s Korean drumming group will be drumming during the parade!

We will meet at 2:30, stage right (see the diagram below). (Location: Seoul Plaza @City Hall)
Look for the SPEAK flag & check for updates on the Facebook event if you can’t find us. (If you don’t use Facebook, please email us at
If you want to play with us, please bring an instrument. If you need to borrow one, please contact us via Facebook or email. We have a few that folks could borrow.
We also need volunteers to help with the flags, water and gear. Please contact us if you can help.

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Info about the parade and related events:

We hope to see you there!


Read & SPEAK Film Screening: “Reiterations of Dissent” (May 11, 2019)


As the first event in our educational series leading up to our program with Jeju Dark Tours (August 24-25, about the 4.3 Uprising and Massacre, SPEAK is screening a film by Jane Jin Kaisen, who was adopted from Jeju to Denmark. Those interested in joining SPEAK on the tour in August are strongly encouraged to attend.

The film screening will be on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 4:00pm. The film screening is open to the public.

Location: Commons Foundation, 141-8 Itaewon 1(il)-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul

About the Film:

78 min. 2011/16
Reiterations of Dissent illuminates the suppressed history and fragmented memories of the Jeju April Third Uprising and Massacre of 1948, which unfolded shortly before the outbreak of the Korean War on South Korea’s Jeju Island, the artist’s birthplace. In a brutal crackdown of a local uprising, state authorities and rightist paramilitary groups, under the auspices of the United States Military Government in Korea, waged a “red hunt” that would unleash genocidal violence upon large parts of the civilian island population. The ideologically charged event was systematically silenced for five decades, and its memory remains contested to the present day…

Mainly told through the second generation of children of victims and survivors who have been engaged in truth and reconciliation efforts around Jeju April Third locally…each video narrative shows a different aspect and a different attempt at approaching the Jeju April Third Massacre as an unstable episode of modern history by presenting a multi-layered archive of experiences, events, and perspectives.

Reiterations of Dissent was awarded the ENTERPRIZE 2011 by Jury Chus Martinez, associate curator at MACBA, Barcelona and co-curator of DOCUMENTA 13; Dirk Luckow, director of Deichtorhallen, Hamburg; Åsa Nacking, director of Lunds Konsthall, Lund, Sweden.”

SPEAK with Jeju Dark Tours: A Weekend Trip to Jeju to Remember the April 3rd Uprising and Massacre

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SPEAK and Jeju Dark Tours have organized a trip to Jeju-do for people who were adopted overseas from Korea and their guests to visit historic sites and meet with a survivor of the April 3rd Uprising and Massacre. The trip will take place on August 24~25, 2019.

Participants must secure and pay for their own transportation to Jeju International Airport. Meals, accommodations, guide, interpretation, and bus during the tour are all provided to participants at no cost.

If you are interested in joining us on this trip, please fill out this Google Form, which includes more specific details about the itinerary (including accessibility information). Registration will be complete when flight/arrival details are provided to the organizers. Applicants will be contacted by email and SMS text message to request flight details. Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2019, 11:59 pm KST.

Remembering 4.3 – The Jeju Uprising and Massacre

Today, April 3, is the 71st anniversary of the Jeju uprising and massacre that started in 1948 and lasted until 1954. SPEAK mourns the genocide and state repression of Jeju people by the U.S.-backed South Korean police and right-wing paramilitary groups. Over 10% of Jeju’s population at the time died.

This summer, SPEAK is going to study about the Jeju uprising and massacre together and visit Jeju in the late summer to take part in the Jeju Dark Tour. Please keep an eye out in the near future for more detailed information about how to participate!

SPEAK is forming a traditional drumming group for overseas adopted Koreans and allies!

We will be workshopping in March over several weekends to learn or practice the basics. It will be held in Anyang, Gyeonggi-do. (Line 4) We would like to know who would be interested. Experienced and new players welcome, no experience necessary. If you don’t have an instrument, contact us about buying or borrowing one.

The participation fee is ₩80,000. This includes the space rental and four lessons with a teacher who is a long-time drumming teacher and activist, and we are renting the practice space from a poongmul group based in Anyang.

The group aims to participate in demonstrations, rallies and events. The Independence Movement heroes, Democracy activists, student leaders, and in the diaspora after the 1992 uprising in Los Angeles, have marched to the rhythms of poongmul. Grown out of farmer’s motivational and festival music, itinerant entertainers, and shamans, poongmul has inspired Koreans around the world as they struggled for justice. Samulnori is its sister performing art, and entertains spectators at events and celebrations.

Message us on Facebook or email us at if you are interested or have any questions.

[Image Description: Stock photo of a traditional Korean drumming group playing at a protest. The photo focuses on a middle-aged Korean man with short hair looking down at his drum as he plays it. He wears a black and white zip-up shirt, a black cargo vest, red and white gloves, and a red headband. More drummers can be seen behind him, and on the left side of the photo there are many rows of protesters sitting in the street and holding up banners.]


Poongmul Pae @ 2018년 차별금지법 제정 촉구 평등행진 우리가 간다 on Oct. 19, 2018

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An ad hoc poongmul pae including SPEAK members, 차별철폐를 간절히 원하는 신나는 풍물단, played at the 2018년 차별금지법 제정 촉구 평등행진 우리가 간다 (“We’re Coming” – 2018 Equality March to Demand the Legislation of the Anti-Discrimination Act) organized by 차별금지법제정연대 (Solidarity for the Legislation of the Anti-Discrimination Act), who are fighting to pass an anti-discrimination law to protect social minorities such as disabled people, migrants, lgbtq*, refugees, etc.

2018 Migrant World Film Festival (이주민영화제), Oct. 12-14

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The 2018 Migrant World Film Festival will be held at Arthouse Momo (Ewha Womans University) from October 12-14.

On Friday, Oct. 12th, SPEAK is honored to co-sponsor the showing of four films made by people who were adopted from Korea. The films are:

  • The LOVING BELINDA Project by Jane Jin Kaisen
  • Hair Watch by KimSu Theiler
  • Arrival: A Short Film by Alex Myung
  • Adoption by kimura byol-nathalie lemoine

Doors open at 6:30pm / Films begin screening at 7:00pm / “Deep Talk” following the films begins at 8:00pm

Admission is free, but seats are allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Friends in Seoul, please join us in supporting these adoptee filmmakers and other migrants at MWFF!

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