This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Joseph Juhn. They speak about the 1905 migration of Koreans to Mexico, their onward movement to Cuba, the difficulties they experienced in both countries, the challenges of maintaining split identities as a diaspora, how the Japanese annexation and division of the Korean peninsula reshaped these identities, the nature of this community and how it maintains today, and the impact they have had on Cuban society and politics.
Joseph Juhn is a former attorney and Intellectual Property Consultant at KOTRA (Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency). In December2015, he travelled to Cuba and by chance found himself meeting with members of the Korean-Cuban community. From this first encounter with this diaspora, Joseph has produced and directed an independent, feature-length documentary about the history of Koreans in Cuba, titled ‘Jeronimo’. (Link to the film’s website: http://www.jeronimothemovie.com/).
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