Jeju 4·3 Peace Foundation published an English book on Jeju 4·3 massacre in September.
The title of this book is “Jeju 4·3 From Truth to Peace” and its subtitle is “Global perspectives on a Korean Tragedy”
This book explores the emerging narrative through English-language publications among the international community from the massacre’s outbreak in the 1940s up to 2018, the 70th anniversary of the attacks on police stations on April 3, 1948.
This book begins with chapter 1 “Fact and Truth” which reproduces material from the booklet “What is the Jeju Uprising and Massacre?” published by the Memorial Committee for the 70th Anniversary of the Jeju April 3 Uprising and Massacre. Chapter 2 deals with “Issues and Opinions” with contemporaneous reports on Jeju 4·3 from The New York Times and the Washington Post which provide a taste of how the U.S. characterized the conflict at the time.
Chapter 3 covers sites of the Jeju 4·3 to introduce readers to key locations along a number of walking paths in areas of the island associated with Jeju 4·3. Chapter 4 “Culture and Art then introduces key figures in the Jeju 4·3 art and culture scene internationally acclaimed artist Kang Yo-bae to award-winning filmmaker O Muel. Then in closing Chapter 5 is “Peace and the Future” which explores research and reporting on the process of transitional justice and reconciliation.
Yang Jo-Hoon, the chairman of the Foundation expressed the hope that “this book will contribute to raising awareness of Jeju 4·3 and the valuable lessons learned from it.” He also added that “this book will provide global readers an opportunity to reflect upon the benefit of promoting peace and human rights.