by Alicia Sanders-Zakre, Catherine Killough
Ahead of US President Donald Trump’s summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, we spoke with young people around the world who saw hope in the summit, and a chance to advance their own work—including the reunion of families divided by conflict, the peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula, and a negotiated agreement that would lead toward the denuclearization of North Korea.
Captivated by North Korea’s nuclear tests and Trump’s reckless Twitter tirades, the media rarely pick up voices of the next generation. Young people and their work should inspire the United States to choose diplomacy over war and to pursue peace with North Korea. We decided not to ignore them this time.
The bridge builders. Of the nearly 2 million Korean-Americans living in the United States, an estimated 100,000 may still have family in North Korea. Young volunteers like Paul Lee, 22, and Eunsoo Choi, 25, hope to reconnect those lost relatives through their work at a group called the National Coalition for the Divided Families.