Wage Slave = Slave

The horrors of slavery have been around seemingly forever.

But are the wage slaves of Mexico,Central and South America

and through most of Asia much better off than the historical

slaves we think of as being depicted in “12 Years a Slave”?

Well, for all the horrors of being a hard-working farmer

who can barely feed his family, now the Chinese farmers who were lured into

what seemed like big money,20 years ago and more,are now finding themselves in debt

as they did not have any idea what it cost to live in a city.

The wage slave must pay taxes,sometimes even on food. The wage slave takes a bus

to work,or walks or rides a bike. And wage slaves we could become right here yet.

The value of labor has been lowered via GATT 2 and many other free trade agreements.

Tax Laws,junk like Citizens United, and other insanely biased-toward-the-rich policies have allowed many corporations to get a tax free ride,or get government sponsorship of things like oil exploration, as if Exxon was going to quit looking for oil!

The 2016 election will be more of the same. A so-called lefty, though Hillary is not  by a long shot anti-war nor pro environment, but good on education, I guess.

I hope the USA hasn’t turned into pockets of race riots by then, but maybe the idiots who run this joint will

sand up and notice that things suck in the middle of neighborhoods where not a lot goes on in the positive realm. Now is the time to keep it positive, but if it can’t be done, the worst may be yet to come.

Whatever happened to those FEMA holding camps/jails?




Oh don’t you do it Baltimore-

Don’t fall for the goad, don’t play into

their hands unless it s a stunt to make sure

you win later. If you can’t win then be ready

to lose, and lose in ways that make the matter worse.

If this is to begin the push for change that raps radicals

and the downtrodden,that shows for the world the brutality

of poverty in the USA, Then by God we must win.  It’s been

since 1980 that what was once an economy that rose all

ships in the up times, turned into a few major downtimes and

and all the profits floating up through a greasy set of tax laws that

put all the wealth in a tiny pool, it having been stolen from the workers

who make the products that keep the show on the road.  OK those workers

are now often in Vietnam, Mexico, China, Argentina, meaning instead of one job

at $20 we now work two at $8.00 each.  no time to know the children, and not

enough time to warn them about the mean streets that eat up so many already.

Baltimore then. If this is to be the beginning, please GOD make the whole movement

less violent.  Please.


To IR from JDS

To I.R. From J.D.S.



Intense rain drops, causes richer black

Bark on trees staring back in orange.

El Nino gives us late fall, late winter

Late drinks and late dinner.  Isabelle

Gave me a jab in the ribs and a wink

Of the eye, when, upon presenting a book

Full of fibs, I told a great-grand non-lie.

So life is good for a month or so, just on

The love I have had, of a woman

So rich with the world, that even a

Moment or two adds up to a visit

With god; or, if you please, one fine human.

Sit back and take in the show, “Blue

Velvet” has never looked better

Than on the back and shapely torso

Of this woman, who must be from heaven.

Nonsense Birthday Poem

          Nonsense Birthday Poem



One day in a field of swaying corn stalks

Bill spotted a young lass (A.-M.) she hawks

While out for a stroll on the ninth of July,

A day to reflect, but not to ask why.

Some calendar to him ‘twas the day of her birth

So Bill wondered what a surprise would be worth

As he snuck up behind her in order to scare

Some life into the day (it wasn’t a dare).

On his volition he whispered “boo,”

She turned, quite amazed, and said “how do you do!”

He said “Happy Birthday, and many more!”

She said, “well, I hope so, but right now I’m bored.”

So they chatted about what one could do

To spice up a midsummer afternoon.

The obvious pass-times were discarded as dull

So they picked sweet corn and began to cull

The best selection to eat in raw form

(A curious habit, but fun when it’s warm).

They sat and ate some where the hay lay

Which put the icing on Miss A. M.’s day.




Loud rumbling bikes.  Smothering solder guns.

Rusting sculptures. The toil of women willing

To bake their skin to keep their children safe.

Three sides of a square cluttered with papers

Strewn accidentally.  Not enough to hold life

Together for one nomad.  He moves again.

Dread locks us.  Prisoners still dream.  Cracked

Paint reminds pigeons to fly.  Hot bricks scorch

The feet of toiling women.  Can we keep children safe?

The operation fails.  Feet hurt just for standing.

Time.  No one has the time.  Even our souls rebel,

Not enjoying this new supposed form.  Life?

Smoke diffuses.  Today’s medicine is not

Quick enough to slow us down to past paces.

Toiling women.  Smiling children.  Non-time.



Hamburgers are fun to eat.

Always are a special treat.

But what of vegetarians who can’t Enjoy the stuff?

Is there room to stroke the womb While dancing buff to buff?

Or is the bride open so wide She gains enlightened bliss,

While jokers jam and smokers cram Each other fist to fist.
Us vegetarians can eat hamburgers too!

It’s just a matter of who you meet

And with whom you do your do.

And when she cums,

It’s because your tongue

Can be soft or attack.

So kick back and enjoy the rack

Of a red-headed Hamburger girl.

And her redheaded friends, who, until the end

Love to give new lovers a whirl.

Now she lives in Hamburg

And braves the winter snow.

Each time you eat hamburgers

Your penis starts to grow.

Which makes you think that someday

Your heart will sing the praises

Of juicy pink hamburgers

You devour in three stages,

And red-headed party burgers

Who defy mere mortal phases.

Ed & Sarah

                  Sarah & Ed

A glass apple shines in light so pale you

Hardly remember to breathe.

Twenty three seconds later you notice

A car noise and remember it’s Wednesday.

Uncomfortable plastic chairs pass for décor

At cafes that lure sweaty walkers.

Banter floats up four stories in time to

Stop you from crying.  Who’s out there?

You pull on some shorts and fly down

Stairs, forget the bad knee.  Human contact.

It’s Sarah.  She’s lost her hat.  She sits

Politely waiting.  You walk slowly.

She walks slower.  Finally you stop.

You think about stroking her.

You think.  You think.  Which stops

You from crying.  Think on young man.

Haiti,” Don’t You Do What Your Big Sister Done!”*


Haiti,” Don’t You Do What Your Big Sister Done!”*

Over here in stack D, just after being denied

Acceptance into the school-of-no-conscience, I can

Still look at studying females write unspoken

Oratories to the birds.  Here they are disheveled in

Auburn t-shirts, unwashed black jeans, loop earrings

Swinging out from pulled-up hair, studying, until an

Ominous frat-type saunters over, hunkers down

And starts a six minute courtship based on the

Single night he saw her prancing through a party

Overcrowded with beer-depressed gigglers who

Announce their new members in 1,000 dollar

Symobls emblazened on a quarter page worth

Of the Independent Florida Alligator.  Conspicuous

Adults who need something to talk about can

Secure a copy and put it in the scrap book so

Otis can remember the year his daughter did

All the tight-butted back packs that roam

SAE, thus becoming the most popular “little sister.”

* Note the OAS theme in the opening letters.  Get it?

Organization of American States, doing nothing to

restore Democracy in Haiti.  Haitians being “repatriated”

in order to get tortured.  Haiti becomes the little sister of

Cuba.  Thus, the title.  It’s a bit obscure, but, what can I say?

Sushil Pyakurel wins 2010 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights

Mr. Sushil Pyakurel of Nepal Wins 2010 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.

Today at 11.00 AM, in a press conference The May 18 Memorial Foundation in Gwangju, Korea proclaimed Mr. Sushil Pyakurel as the winner for the 2010 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.

For over two decades Mr. Sushil Pyakurel has been actively involved in the promotion and protection of human rights and democracy in Nepal. He is the founder of various human rights bodies and organizations, including the human rights organization INSEC and the Forum for the Protection of Human Rights, the first human rights organization in the country. He is also a former Commissioner of Nepal’s National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). In the course of his long and impressive career in this field he has played a crucial role in encouraging international pressure against the royal regime and in the establishment of the Office of High Commissioner in Nepal. In addition he has represented his country at several international events in Japan, India and the USA. Mr. Pyakurel is the current President of the Accountability Watch Committee (AWC), Nepal, and a member of the Dialogue Group for the Constituent Assembly.

On May 18, 2010 the award will be conferred on a ceremony to commemorate the May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising. The prize award includes a good medal, a certificate of achievement and Korean Won 50,000,000.

The Gwangju Prize for Human Rights is an award given to individuals, groups or institutions in Korea and abroad that have contributed in promoting and advancing human rights, democracy and peace in their work. The award is given by the Gwangju people in the spirit of solidarity and gratitude from those whom they have received help in their struggle for democratization and search for truth.

The Gwangju Prize is administered by The May 18 Memorial Foundation, a non-profit organization established on August 30, 1994. It was organized by surviving victims of the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, the victims’ families, and the citizens of Gwangju. The Foundation aims to commemorate and continue the spirit of struggle and solidarity of the May 18 Uprising, contribute to the peaceful reunification of Korea, and work towards peace and human rights throughout the world. Since its establishment, the Foundation has carried out numerous projects in varying fields, including organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating public information, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity, and awarding the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.




Former Commissioner

National Human Rights Commission, Nepal

For more than 2 decades Mr. Pyakurel has been involved in a movement of promotion and

protection of democratic values based upon human dignity, security and human rights. He is

considered to be the most active Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission

(NHRC). He himself campaigned for the establishment of HNRC. While serving as a

Commissioner he assumed the responsibility regarding protection and promotion of human rights

as well as to ensure independence of the Commission in accordance with the Paris Principles. He

has boldly campaigned for ending impunity of human rights violators and ongoing

disappearances by state and non-state entities. In eighties, he campaigned for multi party

democracy and was arrested and subjected to state arbitrary actions.

Pyakurel criticized the step of the Nepal’s King to assume executive state power on 1 February

2005, terming it to be unconstitutional. He also pointed out the deplorable state of rule of law

and human rights in the country during the King’s direct rule. Then Pyakurel was imposed travel

restriction twice and barred even from his official visit to monitor the human rights situation of

the country as a Commissioner. Later, on March 20,2005 after receiving invitation from the 8

prominent senators of the United States of America including Patrick Leahy, Dianne Feinstein,

Barbara A. Mikulski and the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Mehar

Khan Williams Pyakurel was allowed to leaving the country. His visit to USA and UK during

March 2005 aimed at lobbying with various international friends and dignitaries for the

protection of democracy and human rights of Nepalese people has been significant. He also

presented the factual information on human rights situation of the country at the 61st Session of

Human Rights Commission’s meeting in Geneva in April 2005. That ultimately led to the

establishment of OHCHR monitoring office in Nepal through an MOU signed between Nepalese

government and UN under Agenda Item 19 in April 2005.

Presently based in Delhi, Pyakurel is active in raising concerns and support from the

international communities including friends of Nepalese people for the protection of human

rights and restoration of democracy in Nepal. His stay in exile has been encouraging and giving

impetus to the democratic movement of Nepal.


May 2000 to May 2005

National Human Rights Commission

Harihar Bhawan, Pulchowk, Lalitpur, Nepal


Aug 1990 to April 2000 Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC)


Syuchatar – 4, Kalanki (Blue House), Kathmandu, Nepal


July 1985 to July 1990 Informal Sector Research Centre (INSEC)

Syuchatar – 4, Kalanki (Blue House), Kathmandu, Nepal


Feb 1985 to May 1990 Forum for Democracy and National United (FODENU)

Putali Sadak, Kathmandu, Nepal

General Secretary

Jan 1984 to Mar 1993 Forum for Protection of Human Rights

Naxal, Kathmandu Nepal

Founding Member and Central Committee Member

1982 to 1983 Weekly pro-democracy newspaper “Sagarmatha Sandes”

(Sagarmatha News).


1976 to 1979 Bansh Gopal Lower Secondary School & Bhutan Devi High

School, Hetaunda, Makwanpur District


An evening with Sushil Pyakurel at Somnath Ghimire’s place in Queens, New York City, after Pyakurel had made his presentation to the European Parliament in Brussels recommending smart sanctions against the royal dictatorial regime in Nepal, and was passing through New York before heading back to Delhi. Anjana Shakya and Narbada Chhetri also were in attendance. Sanjaya Parajuli and Anil Shahi dropped by. Family and relatives of Ghimire were also present. The evening concluded with a dinner. March 11, 2006. The following day there was another interaction program at the Maharaja, 44th and 2nd, near the UN. Many local Nepalis showed up, among them Murari Sharma, Birat Adhikari, Govinda Koirala, Anand Bist, and Tara Niraula. Sanjaya Parajuli acted host. Both Pyakurel and Shakya talked.

Ann Marie Campbell, Refugee COmmissioner chimes in

Anne Mary Campbell, the globetrotting United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) representative in Seoul seems to always appear during or just before massive refugee crises.

Before working for the United Nations, Campbell pulled four years for a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in Thailand, just as 160,000 refugees were fleeing Pol Pot’s killing fields in Kampuchea (Cambodia).  Her work there gave her the experience needed to be placed in Kenya, just as 260,000 refugees poured in from Somalia, and in Mazur, Afghanistan do deal with the uncountable thousands internally displaced Afghans from 2004 to 2007.

What then could be the challenge for such expertise here in the Republic of Korea, which, of its 2500 known applications for refugee status, has only granted 175 people the papers they need to work and live here as refugee asylees?

Rather than meeting the food, shelter, clothing, medical and educational needs of refugees in tent cities, Campbell’s herculean task will be to achieve legislation that formalizes how refugees are accepted in Korea, and, for now, to at least find a way for those seeking refugee status, to be able to do so at a port-of-entry with or without proper paperwork.

Her May 22 GIC Talk laid out the definition of refugee, the immediate plight of 32 million refugees around the world, and the need for private funding of the UNHCR’s $2 billion annual budget.

Before the talk the GN chatted with Campbell and her assistant, Park Yoo Kyoung, the UNHCR Face-To-Face Fundraising Coordinator in Seoul.

“The legislative process is slow in Seoul, but if a refugee act can be passed, we would then work to strengthen the law.  In East Asia, only Japan and South Korea have refugee asylum systems,” Campbell said.  “North Koreans are not considered refugees here because they are given citizenship and assistance with many details of their lives once they arrive.  A sign of the importance of foreigners was last year’s Together Day in Seoul in which President Lee spoke about the important roles foreigners play in Korea.”

Since guest workers are such a large part of the economy, it is an anomaly that only 3.5% of those seeking asylum have been granted working papers.  South Korea’s prosperity relies on foreigners, but an onslaught of refugees may well be more than the export-driven economy here could handle.

GN:  How is the drive to find more private donors to help asylum seekers going in the R.O.K.?

Campbell: It is a brand new initiative, so we’re breaking even with money invested, but the 20-30-year-old age group is responding well.

GN: How can English-speaking readers get involved?

Campbell: You can find us at http://www.unhcr.or.kr .  Among the refugees here, most come from Asia.  For African refugees, they are on their own in a culture that is very different.  For Asians it is much easier.

GN: In March the first recognized refugee ever, a man from Ethiopia, was given citizenship in the ROK. Is this a trend, or an exception?

Campbell:  Our goal is to try to assist refugees as much as we can.  First we’re working on expedited asylum claims, and looking forward to a refugee reception center that is expected to open in 2012.  The Ministry of Justice, UNHCR and National Commission for Human Rights have met with pro bono lawyers representing refugees back when I was in Kenya.  This kind of on-the-spot discussion is good.  More can happen here, but the Ministry of Justice is already meeting more often with lawyers assisting refugees here.

Campbell’s talk began with an informative 15-minute movie about refugees in Africa and Columbia, both often created by ongoing civil wars.  In Africa 5 million have died from war recently, two out of three being women.  At its worst, 1000 people per day were dying from wars, notoriously in Rwanda, Sudan and Somalia, but elsewhere as well. The Columbian situation closely mirrors that in Seoul, where refugees are harder to assist, since they are in cities, thus spread out, and melding into large populations.

“In Seoul asylum-seekers do not get assistance unless the adjudication process takes over a year.  During this time, they do not have the right to work.  In 1992 the ROK signed the refugee convention, and received its first asylum seeker in 2001.  Many Asian countries never signed the covenant,” Campbell informed.  “There are as many as five million Columbian refugees living in Ecuador.  Eighty percent go to cities to gain anonymity, as they fear reprisals.  Most earn one dollar per day, but, the UNHCR has issued three million refugee cards there which gives the children a chance to be schooled.  In the barrios (impoverished neighborhoods) 60-70% of the children are displaced.”

The movie also noted that many Koreans were displaced and moved toward Busan in the Korean War.  Pictures of wind-driven snowy treks in the winter showed hundreds of Koreans walking toward Busan in the South, and lined up to take trains to Busan from Seoul.

“The will to live is strong during war, but the refugee asylum procedures are harder now than in the post World War II era,” Campbell said.  “The UNHCR assists a government when invited to do so.  Since World War II, the US and Russia have had a lot of proxy wars, so refugees from the cold war, in addition to Rwanda, Columbia, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan and many other places are internally displaced.  You can’t be a refugee in your own country.”

This makes it hard for the UNHCR to help everyone, as certain criteria must be met before the worst atrocities can be handled.  Among the most heinous examples:  “In Rwanda one million or more were killed and the international community knew the slaughter was coming, but no one did anything until an outsider Tutu came in with his own army,” Campbell said.  “In 1995 in Srebrenica, Bosnia, a UN “Safe Haven” was set up and protected by 400 Dutch UNPROFOR soldiers, who could not prevent the mass murder of over 8000 Bosnian Muslims.  In 1996, Albanians in Kosovo were also victims of genocidal Serbs, but the international community’s reaction, a military intervention by NATO, not the UN,  made matters worse until the Balkan wars finally ended.  In 2000 a poorly planned military intervention in Somalia was too heavy.  The result was more bloodshed.   So who has responsibility to protect?  1) the government of the county involved 2) the head of State of the country involved and then 3) the international community.  But the level of atrocities must rise above human rights violations before international military interventions should be used,” Campbell suggested.

“At the 2007 World Summit, 150 heads-of-state agreed that a human rights problem is not enough to warrant intervention,” she continued.  “It must be atrocities, and even then, it must be at a Rwandan level before the intervention could be a military one.

“I have been in the middle of many massive refugee situations.  The UNHCR does not want to see anyone pushed back into harm’s way.  Every asylum seeker during a war must be given due process and a proper interview,” the Irish native Campbell said in what remains a distinct Irish accent.

Many seeking asylum move due to draught, floods, and economic conditions, Campbell pointed out.  “If we want to have control over the movement of people, developed countries must work to help economies grow so people do not need to flee.  Those with questions after the meeting asked about what could happen with global climate change, and natural disasters, and how to help those who are forced to move for reasons other than war.

“The UNHCR has 200 offices and a staff of 6500.  Our budget is $2 Billion per year and our mandate says we must raise funds from private donations.  The quickest way to help is to make donations, and the place you can start is by looking at www.unhcr.or.kr” Campbell said.

Son, Bong Choi

Son Bong Chae Dream Growing Tree


Landscape_of_the_present_beyond_a_gap_of_ time

by_Yang Ock-geum_Curator at Gallery Ssamzie

A series of Son Bong-chae’s new works showing the landscape produced by accumulating black-and-white photograph images on transparent acryl of

several layers remind us of a black-and-white photograph shown at the first page of photocopies by John Berger.

The black-and-white photograph which is assumed to be taken with pinhole camera focuses on black plum on the background rather than on two

people standing at the center of the picture and dim image which the whole picture seems to be moved shows a gap between the past and the present

of the subject which existed before the camera for some minutes that the shutter is pressed slowly without any technical operation.

Berger recognized that the mind has another time to be distinguished from the time of body. Son Bong-chae recalls the memory of history accumulated

at the time of mind through the present appearance of a specific place through the time of body – physical time. He traveled the places of special

events and accidents at the southern regions of Korea from the period of Japanese imperialism and Korean war to the modern times, photographed

the historical places and spots with the present appearance, transcribed the photographed images on several sheets of transparent acryl and

produced another images by piling several layers of acryl. Son Bong-chae’s 3-D landscapes produced by this method are varied depending on a viewpoint,

vision and quantity and direction of light as if we look at the oriental painting expressed with concentration of ink and perspective.

It can be also considered as the combination of plastic beauty of the west and the east that he has tried through mechanical installations and shadow works.

The present appearance of historical places at the southern regions of Korea expressed on black-and-white photographs is crude as much as a gap

of time between ‘the past’ and ‘the present’. He showed a path at a small village in Yeonggwang where slaughter of its residents was committed

at the time of Korean war, bamboo forest of Damyang where the residents were killed by bamboo sword at the time of Korean war, the Mt. Jiri

where the base of partisan, way to Christian hospital in Gwangju where innocent citizens and students were killed by the military at the time of

May 18 Democratic Uprising.

Paul Auster said an event of the past exists the aggregate of image and memory. Son Bong-chae’s landscapes fabricated on the basis of common

landscape photographs like snapshots show a third landscape attracting viewers outside the landscape into the screen.



Migration, Portraits of Modern People

Yoon, Jin Sup / Art Critic, Professor of Honam univercity


Son, Bong Chae was invited to the 2nd Gwangju Biennale with his installation work called, Invisible Sight and was plucked to instant stardom at the age of 30. The 207 bicycles hung upside down from the ceiling of the exhibition room caught the viewer’s attention with their squeaky sound and simultaneously moving scenes, which was quite impressive. Son’s kinetic art was covered not only by domestic mass media but also by world’s leading media channels such as CNN, BBC, NHK, etc.

Unfortunately he could not continue because of financial problems to support his copious work; however, his work triggered an explosion of interests and received lots of praises from critics. Although he put all his efforts to complete the work, there was no one who wanted to sponsor or collect them. One curator from LA Contemporary art Museum, who came to see the Biennale, offered him an internationally circulating exhibition if Son could send his work to the museum. Nevertheless, he did not have any financial ability to ship his work, so the offer never happened. This became a painful memory to the artist even until now.

It may be the same to nobody sho works in different fields; however, opportunity does not come that often especially for arists. If there was someone who could sponsor him, Son would have become an internationally renowned artists by now. One episode that I cleary remember about him happened at Gallery Shinsegae, of Shinsegae department store in Gwangju about a year after the Biennale. In this Exhibition at the Gallery Shinsegae, Son placed a pig inside the exhibition space for a performance, and for the unpleasant odor of the excrement of the pig violated the department store, which is a place filled with luxury products, and the artist had to get rid of the pig. As a matter of fact, this episode of the pig performance became one of the episode that reveal the characteristics if Son Bong Chae as Avant Grade Artist.


Since then, I still had some interests in his work and I even wrote some positive reviews of his work to Wolgan Musul magazine. However, somehow it became difficult to find news about his work, According to some rumors, he was running a snack stall in downtown Gwangju. What kind of news is this? I was very curious, but if was just very hard to meet or find him.

“At that time Kinetic art was new, but such a massive work, I Know it is the same till now, has a very low possibility to become a collection. But I didn’t care about the reality and just concentrated on making the work. As a result, I was left with a debt of tens of millions won, so I had to go through a lot in order to clear the debt. There was nothing I didn’t do from a coolie, chore man of dock, shipyard and snack stall to pay my debts.” says Son.

Indeed, these consequences of the production of Invisible sight in the authority section at the Biennale made him stronger at the end. Through psychological struggle and search for several years, Son began making three-demensional paintings from around 2000.

His works in 1990s mostly contain satires of social critiques and authority. started from the 2nd Gwangju Biennale in 2004, 2006 and 2010. And those participating works such as Invisible sight, There is No More Dinosaurs, Who is Next?, Where Are You Going? were good enough to make him a star artist. Boundary Substance Is Not Seen was produced around this time and came the first of 3D painting. Introduced at the Gwangju Biennale in 2006 for th fist time, this massive installation work used images of the jeollanamdo Provincial Office building, which is which historical site and the living witness of the modern history of the region, he segmented the images into several sections and displayed them, so that the viewers can view the works while walking through the paths. His ‘Boundary’ series lasted for a while.


Around the time when he was making this ‘Boundary’ series, the artist, who was searching for historic sites in Gwangju and the region, encountered a scene. It was a landscape plant in a big truck that looked awfully wretched since it was there as revealing its roots without knowing where it was being sold, “At that moment, I gad a hollow feeling in my heart. So many landscape trees in cities are, as a matter of fact, decorating a corner of the cities after it wat pulled out of its soil and being sold. then it was New York, which came up in my heart. New York is indeed a place where all different ethnics gathered around for their dreams from all around the world, If they had a great life in their homeland, why would they move to the strange foreign land? Moreover, most immigrants actually are placed in the bottom of the society, “says the artist.

Son’s empathy for the landscape trees has a strong relation to his youth in New York. Actually he had a dream of becoming a cook when he was young. His professor Shin Hyun joong consistently suggested him to go to New York and study, which he eventually did. His experience as a foreigner in New York for 4 years influenced his empathy for the uprooted trees. Even after he came back from New York was the life of a wanderer itself, just like that of an uprooted person.

Son, Bong Chae’s <Migrants> series began from his strong affection for these uprooted people. As Victims of industrialized society, the lives of these people are wandered around from here to there as if that of floating weeds; his empathy and sympathy for them created the series. with very fine brushes and oil paints, of the series, he used photo images to make the work, but he paints everything by himself from 4 years ago. In this way, his 3D painting finally get settled down its style. The base of this 3D painting is a rough sketch. He first makes a rough sketch of the painting, and paints the tree images on 5 different polycarbonete plates. And here each plate shou이 not get overlap, for this he numbers plates while painting them. therefore, the final image that viewers see is a complete image of those 5 different polycarbonate plate paintings. The scenery illuminated by the lucid white LED light reveals a dreamlike feature as if we look at a beautiful landscape painting if not given any advanced information about the work. As a matter of fact, I myself also found a new aesthetic possibility of Asian landscape painting when looking at this series of works. When the traditional landscape paintings only used the Chinese ink’s light and shade to express senses of distance and space, Son’s ‘Migration’ series use 5 different paintings of tree and clouds on polycarbonate plates to make the viewers fe디 the subtle changes of the represented scenery while they move. Indeed, a new form brings a new content. His 3D painting painted with fine brushes and oil paintings create dreamlike atmosphere and stereoscopic vision, which is different from traditional landscape painting. In this way, his work suggests a new phase of land space paintings. Through the artist’s hand, the traditional and oriental aesthetics in landscape paintings are reborn here as new modernistic painting.

We can find the foundation of the theme of migration in the earlier works of his ‘Migration; series. In the paintings of the uprooted trees standing on clouds or the shadows of a tree on lake, the names of migrants are written in English: there is a tree standing on clouds and through the clouds, there is the White House and under the White House, Endless ocean is represented. And on the surface of the waves a lot of names of migrants are written. It is rare to find a work that contains the meaning of the ‘Migration’ series this much clear. In order words, the ‘Migration’ series that we see these days are eliminated with the names of migrants. By eliminating the names of migrants, and for a definite fact for the theme, he tries to express the meaning of the theme in more connotative and abstract ways; and indirectly leads the viewer to feel through aesthetic experiences. In this way, the appreciation of this work is left unclosed. Whether the viewers interpret it as modernistic landscape paintings or find the souls of the uprooted migrants or not, everything is up to the viewers ability to appreciate the work and aesthetic tastes. The important thing is that Son Bong Chae’s 3D paintings create opportunities to experience new aesthetic experimental, unlike the existing landscape paintings, But can we call it as landscape painting?

Maybe we should rather try to interpret the meaning of the ‘Migration’ series first. All the trees that he paints are uprooted. It is very symbolic that the artist represents these uprooted. It is very symbolic that the artist represents these uprooted trees on top of the clouds, departed from the earth, its original home. the trees in his paintings do not reveal their roots in the paintings, but they are mostly hidden in clouds that always move without definite objective, which is very different from the trees in traditional landscape paintings that are represented on the ground. As we all know, clouds or fogs do not have its ground; therefore, the artist’s representation of the trees that root on clouds that are just phenomenon, not having the ground shows that these trees also do not have their ground here and there: they are not settlers. When his trees signify the migration, nomad and wander of urbanites, who wander around because of urban developments in industrial era, the denotation of the reading of his work is enormous. Through the neat looking landscape paintings, he is creating the portrait of modern people who wander around in authentic 3D painting styles. It is indeed my greatest interests that this artist, whose stride is unimaginably big, will do next.


By the artist:

The Migrants

A few years ago, when I saw that pine trees were plucked out and loaded in a truck, I was shocked.

The pine trees were seemed to be like people who were forced to leave their own land and compelled to be moved from place to somewhere in the process of industrialization. It is just like people’s self-portrait in modern society.

The beauty of the garden trees is just total of their agony and efforts to survive in a strange place. How many trees might survive or not? Can we say the trees are beautiful?

How many people who wander on the outskirts of cities strive to settle down?

I hope to hear their whisper and hope to soothe and glorify their agony. It is a kind of an anthem for those outsiders who are abandoned by the process of industrialization.


Son Bong_Chae


B.F.A. The Dept. of Fine Arts, Chosun University, Gwangju, Korea

M.F.A. Pratt Institute, New York, NY


2013 Light + Nature, Galerie Georg Peithner – Lichtenfels, Wien / Austria

2013 ‘Dream of Diaspora’, Posco Art Museum, Seoul, Korea

2012 ‘Migrants’, Gallery Max Weber Six Friedrich, Munich, Germany

2012 ‘Migrats’, MlCHAEL SCHULTZ Gallery, Berlin, Germany

2011 ‘Dream of Diaspora’, Savina Museum of art, Seoul, Korea

2010 ‘Sound of Water and Wind’, Gallery Beacon, Seoul, Korea

2010 ‘Transparent, Opaque’, Gallery Andy’s, Seoul, Korea

2010 ‘The Invitational Exhibition have selected a Young Artist of this year’, Gwangju museum of art, Gwangju, Korea

2008 ‘Light +Building 2008’, Messe Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany

2007 ‘The Invitational Exhibition in Commemoration of Opening Korean Cultural Center’, Shanghai, China

2006 ‘Lost Time, Border’, Duolun Museum of art, Shanghai, China

2006 ‘Lost Time, Border’, Gallery Ssamzie, Seoul, Korea

2005 ’ Invited Exhibition by Shinsegae Gallery’,Gwangju, Korea

1998’ Invited Exhibition of the 1st Shinsegae Department Art Festival Awardees’, Incheon/Gwangju, Korea

1996 Gallery Johyung, Seoul, Korea

1995 Higgins Hall, New York, United States

1994 New Gallery, New York, United States

‘The Earth and the Wind’, Culture &Art Promotion Center, Seoul, Korea


2012 ‘Jin(to Advance)Tong(to Communicate)’, Gwangju City Museum, Gwangju, Korea

‘Mudeung Tales’, Today Art Museum, Bejing, China

‘Mudeung Tales’, 河南省,Hénán Shěng Museum, Zhangzhou,China

2011 ‘Bamboo Grove and Wind’, Daedam Museum of Art, Damyang, Korea

Group Movement ‘Lets do it’, Kumho Gallery, Gwangju, Korea

‘Landscape of illusion’, Shinsegae Centum-City Gallery, Busan, Korea

2010 ‘NEOSENSE-From Illusion to Three Dimension(3D’),Savina Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

‘Light-EXPO’, Sang-mu public garden, Gwangju, Korea

‘DIGI-FESTA’, Gwangju Biennale Exbition Hall, Gwangju, Korea

‘2010 Ceramic Art &Technology’, AT Center, Seoul, Korea

2009 ‘Mind Topology_The Phases of 2009 Korea’, National Taiwan Museum of ART, Taijung, Taiwan

‘Project Part2’, Gallery Strenger, Tokyo, Japan

‘Mudeung Mnt. Youth Declaration’, Gallery D, Gwangju, Korea

So on, have participated many exhibitions from both inside and outside the country

2008 ‘Sanglok Museum Opening Exhibition’, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea

‘Gwangju City Museum Opening Exhibition’, Gallery Light, Seoul, Korea

‘Imagination Power-House’, Hyundai Art Center, Ulsan, Korea

2007 ‘Invited Exhibition by Korean Embassy’, Smithsonian Museum, Washington, United States

‘Art& Play_Funsters’, Hangaram Art Museum, Seoul, Korea Participated in other 70 exhibitions home and abroad

2005 ‘Guangzhou Contemporary Art Exhibition’, Guangzhou Museum, Guangzhou, China

‘Flight Night Exhibition’, Opening Exhibition of Kimhae Culture Center, Kimhae, Korea

2004 ’10Years Later’, Gana Art Center, Seoul, Korea

2003 ‘Meeting of Aesthetics and Pureness’, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea

2000 ‘Sculpture Amusement Park’, Sunggok Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

1999 ‘City &Video’, Seoul Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea

‘Open Studio’, Ssamzie Studio, Seoul, Korea

‘The Earth and the Wind’, Culture &Art Promotion Center, Seoul, Korea

1998 ‘Eight Artists Exhibition from Korea and Britain selected as Artists of This Year’, Total Museum of Art, Seoul, Korea


2010 ‘And_Writers’, The 1st Nanjing International Contemporary Art Biennale, Jiangsu Provincial Art Museum, Nanjing, China

‘10000+LIVES’, Director of the 8th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea

‘Busan Biennale’, Busan, Korea

2008 ‘YOUNIVERSE’, The 3rd Savilla Biennale, The Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art /The Alhambra, Savilla/Granada, Spain

2006 ‘First Stage’, The Main Exhibition of the Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju, Korea

2004 ‘Theme 1’, Project 1 for the 5th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju, Korea

1997 ‘Power Exhibition’ the 2nd Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju Biennale Hall, Gwangju, Korea


2010 ‘Songjang Culture &Arts Festival’, Songjang Special Art Zone, Beijing, China

2007 ‘Yeosu International Sculpture Festival’, ‘Odong’-Island, Yeosu, Korea

2006 ‘Shanghai E-Art Festival’, Shanghai Museum of Art, Shanghai, China


2012 ‘Art Singapore’, Singapore

‘Arco Art Fair’, Madrid, Spain

‘Art Paris’, Grand Palais Paris, France

‘Art 42 Basel’, Messe Basel Basel, Switzerland

‘Art Karlsru he’, Karlsruhe, Germany

2011 ‘Arco Art Fair’, Madrid, Spain

2010 ‘Seoul Open Art FairSOAF’ COEX, Seoul, Korea

‘Asia Top Gallery Art Fair’, Shilla Hotel, Seoul, Korea

‘Korean International Art Fair KIAF’, COEX, Seoul, Korea

‘Art Gwangju’, Gwangju, Korea

‘Art Cologne’, Cologne, Germany

2009 ‘Korean International Art Fair’, COEX, Seoul, Korea

2008 ‘Asia Top Gallery Hotel Art-FairNew Otani Hotel’, Tokyo, Japan

‘Singapore International Art-Fair’, Singapore

2007 ‘Arco Art Fair’, Madrid Contemporary Art Museum, Madrid, Spain

‘Korean International Art Fair’, COEX, Seoul, Korea

‘Daegu International Art-Fair’, Daegu EXCO, Daegu, Korea

Awards/Residency/Selected Bibliography

2010 K-ART artist, Korean government promote project, Seoul, Korea

2010 Artist Award, Gwangju Artist of 2010, Gwangju, Korea

2009 Middle School Artbook, Seoul, Korea

2006 Duolun Art Museum Residency, Shanghai, China

2004 The 1st Yangsandong Art Studio Residency, Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea

1999 High School Artbook, Seoul, Korea

1998 The 1st Ssamzie Space Residency, Ssamzie gallery, Seoul, Korea

1997 Grand Prix at the 1st Shinsegae Art Festival, Shinsegae Gallery, Gwangju, Korea


National Museum of Contemporary Art in Korea, Gwacheon, Korea,

Gwangju Biennale Foundation, Gwangju, Korea

Gwangju Museum of Art, Gwangju, Korea

Korean Cultural Center in Shanghai, Shanghi, China


Obama circa 2009


I love wearing suits and then talking environment, very effective, as some suited listeners listen, at least for a while.

I’m sorry, I just can’t help but chime in here:  does anyone think that Obama is NOT owned by big business STILL?  SO many have already chirped-up

on this issue, including the venerable lefties at Cal Berkeley, but here’s my short take:

1) Do you think the Iraq war will end ANY TIME SOON with Hillary “I voted for every Bush war-funding bill” Clinton in her new post?  Colin Powell, who quit in opposition to the war (albeit a touch late) would have been a WAY WAY WAY WAY better choice to get us out of Iraq, eh?

2) How do African Americans (the extremely over-weighted victims of executions) NOW feel about Mr. Obama’s announcement that he is “pro capital punishment?”

what next, Anti-Abortion?

3) How is President Obama going to bring jobs “back to America” from factories that pay 14 cents (Vietnam), 50 cents (average pay in China!), and $1.80 per hour in Mexico?

Wouldn’t HAVING to pay the minimum US wage cause a shrinkage in PROFITS for the companies that own Mr. Obama?  Speaking of profits:

4) Isn’t there a chance that we really are in a recession now?  I mean, you know, a SLIGHT CHANCE!?!?!  If so, won’t Obama and the Federal Reserve HAVE

to lower interest rates?  But wait a minute, home mortgage rates have INCREASED recently.  Huh?  Yes, indeedy, because the US is a massive credit risk now that we’ve printed up $trillions to “bail out” the already rich bankers.  Hence, we must suffer offering higher interest rates otherwise CHINA might stop

lending us money, and, uh, that would be, uh, a DISASTER, because:

5) we already spend 22% of the money we BORROW to pay the INTEREST on the money WE OWE.   Thus

6) Nationalized, single-payer health care is not, repeat NOT going to happen (Obama never promised this, to be fair)

7) Undoing W. J. Clinton’s Welfare “reform” is NOT going to happen (Obama never promised this either, but should have)

8) Reducing the number of people in for-profit jails is a SLIM CHANCE, whereas an increase is highly likely.

9) The middle east war may and will expand in Afghanistan and into Pakistan (oil pipeline must circumvent Iran, don’tcha know)

10) How many of the 186 environmental laws Bush trashed will Obama, et al, bring back?

11) Is Obama now also “tough on crime?” If so, the for-profit jail count will soar, as crime just COULD go up in a recession

12) Here we thought the Clinton-style deeply conservative Democrats were dead and gone, and up steps Ms. Pelosi to push for as many bail-outs as possible BEFORE Obama gets into office, thus sucking “up” (is anyone on earth below the current administration?) to Republican desires.  This way she won’t be openly against him (for a while) after January 20.   So how is “I’m for change, and the people” Obama going to reverse these brand new give-aways, ask for the money back?  Ask that it be repaid over time?  Even ask that the confounded idiots that made these loans lose their jobs? Or will he appoint a “special blue-ribbon committee” to look into the possibility of politely asking that the money be paid back once the banks have SOLD the homes the taxpayers already GAVE them the money for.  Or will we, like Silverado and the Savings and Loan scam of the 80s, pay for the bankers errors, and then kick back and watch them PROFIT from selling the foreclosed homes?  Oh my, Obama won’t be able to bat an eyelash at this scam-o-rama.  Too late baby, Pelosi trumped (as in Donald) Obama on this one.

13) Will Obama invest in alternative energy, thus providing jobs and free solar power to every home at the SAME TIME, like FDR would have? Or is he

14) so owned by big business that he will refuse to “create government jobs” just to pull us out of a “recession” spelled with a capital D.

15) Penultimately, how many houses does the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) own due to foreclosure in the United States?  This is not a trick question, because, once those SHITTY sub-prime loans were bundled they were sold to only the largest and near-sighted-est of nincompoops (including Bear-Stearns, ironically) who believed they could profit from high interest rates being applied to the working poor.  Due to needing those shitty factory jobs, China, once again, stepped in to buy up US debt.  This time it means that China, no matter what “front” banking name they give local banks in the US, owns a good, great deal of our houses.  So, while ALL US citizens work about 7 weeks per year to pay the INTEREST on the debt we owe China ALREADY, others will also pay their mortgages in those newly acquired foreclosed homes to, what amounts to the PBOC, making their annual contribution to China about 30 weeks worth of work.  Aha, so the

wage-slave game has flip-flopped, and McCain, not wanting to hold this bag, picked Palin, and tanked in ways even Gore and Dukakis couldn’t top in their worst campaign speech. That’s because this bag of poop will probably make FDR’s task seem like a walk in the park.  (see poem)

16) Obama is now due for a name change (do not be offended, you know where i stand) he MUST get rid of Hussein as his middle name, don’t you think?

How about:

Barack Thomas Obama   “Tom” for short?

Wait Wait, I;’ve got it:  Barack “Clarence Thomas” Obama, much better.

New Poem:

Canary Row Hoe Ho

There’s a hippy girl in my class who wears Mao’s cap, dates

a long-haired boy and wrote a kick-ass environmental piece.

You’d like to poke through every long-leafed elephant-ear on

campus, stroking nature, this beautiful sub-plot, with hoe, adze,

al or clipper: chopping down in order to raise back up, involved

with earth as is intended.  Some say a new time has come, White

Buffalo and all. Consequences outnumber rewards at a twenty to

one clip, as Mongolians suffer from bad air and China’s expanding

desert, even though they’ve done their part to live in a preservationist

way.  But global means brutal these days:  global trade = wage slave,

global warming = no food, global war = death for the multitudes,

profit for the stinking rich few.  Love abounds in campus towns,

while “repo-men” reap millions, and songbirds still find seeds around

as legs spread out the leaves.  Our new man is African, and that’s

so fine with me, and babies laugh, and mothers smile, here in the

land of the free.  So what that free means money, instead of love

and food.  When no one has a dime to spare, friendship will lift

our mood.  Or will there be the occasional hijacked truck or plane?

Who cares as long as we can load up the kids, drive south to live

in a genuine, warm, Steinbeck-decorated pipe that used to be a drain.



The most important thing

at any moment is to

sacrifice what we are

for what we could become.

From Gwen Fortune:

During Jimmy Carter’s presidency I had occasion to write an article for the Chicago Women for Peace newsletter.The headline was, “Conned by a Born-Again Christian.

Watching “Democracy Now,” and having cringed during the past two days when President-elect Obama said, several times, “My vision…” I am thinking, “On the road, again…,” and I don’t mean Willie Nelson.

“War Cabinet,””Centrist,” not one liberal from the Congress or pubic life, but a Director for Chevron and Bushes cabinet? I wonder how the millions of young people who worked and voted for their dream candidate are feeling–if they are willing to realize that they didn’t know enough history to comprehend the meaning behind the words Barack Obama was saying during the campaign. Most are still in shock, I dare say.

No real change in fighting an extended war. He talked about ending the war in Iraq, bragging that he voted against it. But WHY? He wants to extend in Afghanistan, perhaps Iran, Pakistan. I am thinking that the fundamentalists who referred to him as “the anti-Christ knew something.

I would not use that designation, as I hold no brief with the religious right. For different reasons the American people have been conned, again. Obama’s face no longer looks benevolent,but the opposite. I put the button of his family at the bottom of a drawer, upside down. His vision, indeed! A continuing nightmare.

“Impeach before inauguration? Who would-could replace him? The mass public has no idea of the truth in the likes of Kucinich, McKinney, and many more.

I’ve often had arguments with cohorts of color, telling them that I have friends who are not of my heritage and been mal-treated by people who look like me. I have no automatic attraction to a person because of their heritage. Take off the skin and we all walk around in similar bones. When Obama screws up he puts people of color another 150 years behind. This is why I will hate him more. Yet the Euro-Americans were willing to take a chance on a Kenyan-American mix, but fear someone with slave heritage–rightly so–as it highlights their knowledge of historical unfairness. Someone like a Jesse Jackson (younger model) would be a much better choice for an American president with African heritage.

Great Expectations


Doug Stuber – Poems from ages 12-16.

Written in New York and New Hampshire

Great Expectations

Great expectations – great?

But what when the obvious happens?

A predictable animal grasps you

And throws you to the ground.

Thoughts of how nice it would be if . . .

Then they vanish like a dream when you wake up.

A floating reality teases your mind,

It is there but it may never reach you.

WWJD? He’d vote Green, for one

Spirituality is different than religion.  It’s different than religions’ books and often way different than religions minister, preachers, priests, monks, Rabbis, Imams, etc.

What Would Jesus Do?  Amazing question with so many different answers depending on the situation and the problem at hand

Few argue that he would lead all peace protests, and oppose all wars, no matter how inevitable the Bible claims they are.

He would be a socialist not a capitalist.  No way would  sanction one man taking advantage of another man’s labor.

He would, I imagine, be an environmentalist, as this is a form of justice.  Why should one group of men (usually men) be able to wipe out whole hunks of nature in order to profit in massive ways?  Why should one group be driving cars while others suffer the sinking of their entire countries due to global warming.

Along these lines one could imagine he’d be against nuclear power,coal fired power, and all other non-sustainable life-threatening schemes that make some so rich and others so poor.  A ruined environment ends God’s plan, so one has to assume Jesus would also oppose earth-threatening behavior.  Like globalization.

Globalization causes, for instance Americans to eat food that ha moved an average of 1,500 miles per item. This uses up 22% of the world’s fuel supply while exacerbating global warming.

But moving factories to  the cheapest possible labor so that people in other countries can make fortunes on the backs of the long-term impoverished is not only not Christian, its not moral in terms of all religions.

The rich control world governments.  All of them.

Jesus, he’d puke.

And here we are the USA, fighting 13 years in the middle east and for what?  A million people or more dead, 90% of them unarmed civilians.  and for what?  Oil?  Hmm.  Once the oil fields of Iraq re secured the three countries bidding on the rights to (steal?) buy the oil were India, Russia and France, the same three that profited from that oil under sanctions before the 2003 invasion.

If your minister or Monk is in favor of this type of war, including against the Pakistanis (2 million refugees now) just so we could circumvent Iran with an oil pipeline from the Caspian Sea to the Indian Ocean, thus lining up takers there, rather than other hotspot ports, then you’re in the wrong church.

Jesus and God oppose war at every turn in the books they have inspired. If all humans pray to the same God, no matter their religion, then ALL HUMANS are against these wars.  How is it then, that Mr. Bush, Jr. was given a green light for his wars by all but the Methodists and Quakers, and is now also opposed by the Catholic church?

Bush was painted as the more moral candidate in 204, AFTER the tortures in Abu Graib.

Again we will be left with Jeb Bush against Hillary Clinton or something even more warped toward war and profit.

Are you spiritual in nature?  Then help those around you oppose this type of government.