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Memories of Forgotten War Panelists Bios

Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership

Memories of Forgotten War Panelists Bios

Ramsay Liem
Liem is professor emeritus of psychology, Boston College. He was the past co-coordinator for the Asian American Studies Program at the college, and a visiting scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice. He is also a co-founder of the Ignacio Martín-Baró Fund for Mental Health and Human Rights, a project of the CHRIJ. He has conducted oral histories with Korean American survivors of the Korean War and directed the multi-media project, Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the "Forgotten War" ( based on this research. Still Present Pasts has been shown at 14 sites in the U.S. and South Korea. Liem co-directed (with Deann Borshay Liem) and executive produced the award winning film, Memory of Forgotten War. His latest publication is When a Fireball Drops in your Hole: Biography Formed in the Crucible of War (in G. Yoo (Ed.), /Koreans in America: History, Culture and Identity. /Ch. 40. San Diego, CA: Cognella Academic Publishing, 2012).

J.J. Suh
Suh is currently Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He has served as Associate Professor and Director of Korea Studies at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and Assistant Professor in Department of Government at Cornell University as well as on the Presidential Commission on Policy Planning (Republic of Korea). An expert on the U.S.-Korea relations, U.S. policy toward Asia, international relations of East Asia, international security, and IR theory, Suh is currently working on regional orders in East Asia, human security, and North Korea. He has authored and edited numerous journal articles and books, including Power, Interest and Identity in Military Alliances (2007); Rethinking Security in East Asia: Identity, Power and Efficiency (2004); Truth and Reconciliation in the Republic of Korea: Between the Present and Future of the Korean Wars (2012) Origins of North Korea's Juche: Colonialism, War, and Development (2012); "The Imbalance of Power, theBalance of Asymmetric Terror: Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) in Korea," "Changes in U.S. Military Strategy and the U.S.-Korea Alliance," "The Two-Wars Doctrine and the Regional Arms Race: Contradictions in U.S. Post-Cold War Security Policy in Northeast Asia," and "War-Like History or Diplomatic History? Historical Contentions and Regional Order in East Asia." Suh is the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships including Fulbright-Hays Faculty Research, SSRC-MacArthur Foundation Fellowship for Peace and Security in a Changing World, Smith Richardson Foundation grant, and East West Center fellowship. He was Distinguished Professor at Ewha Womans University, visiting professor at Seoul National University, research professor at Yonsei University, visiting scholar at MIT and visiting fellow at University of California, Irvine Suh received his Ph.D. and Master in political science from University of Pennsylvania and B.A. in physics from the University of Chicago.

Sukjong Hong
Sukjong Hong is a writer and artist living in New York and a fellow at the Korea Policy Institute, an independent research and educational institute that provides analysis of U.S. policies toward Korea and developments on the Korean peninsula. She has organized projects linking artists and musicians in the United States to campaigns for peace and justice on the Korean peninsula, including labor rights campaigns and peace campaigns. She was an Open City Fellow at the Asian-American Writers Workshop, writing about immigrant communities in New York City for a year. She was a participating artist in Still Present Pasts, a multi-media exhibit based on oral histories of the Korean War. She is also a member of the Present Collective, dedicated to exploring the intersection between policing and militarism through the arts. She is currently at work on building an oral history collective that links the histories and experiences of Asian-Pacific American communities in the states.