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Media Memo: Additional UW-Eau Claire contacts on North Korea/South Korea tensions

TO: News Editors and Directors

FROM: Judy Berthiaume

DATE: Nov. 30, 2010

SUBJECT: Additional UW-Eau Claire contacts on North Korea/South Korea tensions

Recent international news headlines report increasing tensions between North Korea and South Korea.

Jiseong Jang, a South Korean visiting scholar in the art & design department at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, is available to share his thoughts about the current situation. He would like to communicate with the media via e-mail to ensure he's expressing his opinions clearly. The following are opinions that Mr. Jang has shared that you may use in your reporting:

"I am really sad, angry and worry about this bad situation in my country. North Koreans are our people whom we have to reunite someday but also they are the worst enemy now. So most Koreans' feeling is very complicated whenever North Korea makes bad actions.

I am furious with anger now because they bombed the town where civilians have been living. I am sure many South Korea people want to punish North Korea with force of arms. Some South Korean media strongly asked the government to react to North Korea, too. But I think our government doesn't have many options because most people don't want another Korean War.

North Korea's dictators know this situation so they keep maliciously threatening South Korea and international society with evil violence to get what they want. This makes me to feel angry and also frustrated. I think many people have this feeling like me.

I think it is hard to find a good solution to treat the evil dictators of North Korea. I hope our government will take stronger action to North Korea in cooperation with international society at this time. We should not bear any more for North Korea's evil violence.

We know that many Americans sacrificed for our freedom in the Korean War (1950-53) and U.S. military in South Korea have a very big role to prevent the war now. Most South Korean people really appreciate that USA always supports and protect us. At present, the cooperation of the USA in this bad situation gives Koreans peace and courage. We will never forget your country's support."

Media interested in seeking additional comments from Jiseong Jang can contact him at jangj@uwec.edu.

Jang is an art education professor of Jeonju National University in South Korea.

A UW-Eau Claire student from South Korea and a political science faculty member also are available to discuss what's happening in that region.

Reporters may contact student Jung Ho Yoo, a freshman psychology and mathematics major from South Korea, at 715-379-0644 or yooj@uwec.edu and Dr. Stephen Hill, associate professor of political science, at 715-836-2092 or hills@uwec.edu.

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