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Sun Hyung Lee

API FORCE leadership

API FORCE was founded in January 1995 through the leadership of Eric Mar, George Iechika-McKinney, Dan Nishijima, and Rhonda Ramirez. Later, George Iechika-McKinney, Jung Hee Choi, Sun Lee, Rand Quinn, and Sinai Tongol sat on the Leadership Council.[1]

Asian Left Forum

The Asian Left Forum (ALF) represented the first nationwide meeting of veteran and newer Asian American Leftists in the past couple of decades. Held on May 17, 1998, in Los Angeles, following the "Serve the People" conference on Asian American community activism, this all-day, non-sectarian meeting brought together about 100 activists, double the anticipated attendance, to "strategize radical politics in Asian communities in the United States," with a focus on the struggles of working-class immigrant communities. The ALF called for Asian American Leftists, radicals, and revolutionaries to unite, and its principles of unity identified global capitalism, imperialism, racism, patriarchal domination, and heterosexism as the root causes of oppression. Still, the forum itself focused on a progressive-to-radical agenda. Local chapters in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York have, to varying degrees, continued the work, organizing forums on anti-imperialist struggles in Asia, including Okinawa, Korea, the Philippines, East Timor, and Burma; the Kosovo war; the prison industrial complex; and the role of electoral politics in revolutionary organizing. While the ALF is comprised of diverse membership in terms of age, activist experience, political ideology, gender, ethnic background, and geographic location, the active core is predominantly twenty-something. Jung Hee Choi, Alyssa Kang, Sun Lee, Eric Tang, and Ryan Yokota sat on the National Planning Committee. A second national meeting was planned for early 2000. [2]

AA Movement group

Eric Mar, May 1, 1998.


I think this is a Ryan Suda - black lava design, but I could be wrong. [Mooko says the artist is Phloe Pontaoe who did this for Black Lava]

More on the history of the AA Movement group - — with Emily P. Lawsin, Kathy Masaoka, Mark Masaoka, Glenn Omatsu, George McKinney, D Rikio Mooko, Ryan Suda, Kim Geron, SunHyung Lee, Kye Liang, Scott Kurashige and Michael Liu at UCLA Asian American Studies Center.

Center for Political Education

In 1999, Sierra Thai-Binh, Venceremos Brigade; Iman Farajjalah, of the Arab Women’s Solidarity Association; Sun Lee and Betty Song of Asian Pacific Islanders for Community Empowerment gave talks at an Educational Forum on Cuba, Iraq and north Korea entitled "International Sanctions: The Silent War" The talks were sponsored by the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism linked organization, the Center for Political Education.[3]

Asian radicals

In March 2000, Azine published "Radical Resistance in Conservative Times: New Asian American Organizations" in the 1990s by Diane Fujino and Kye Leung. Five groups were profiled: Asians and Pacific Islanders for Community Empowerment, ASIAN!, ACTION, Asian Left Forum, and the Asian Revolutionary Circle.

We are grateful to the following people for providing interviews, information, and materials about their organizations: Betty Chan, Caroline Choi, Sumaya Dinglasan, George Iechika-McKinney, Don Kim, Nadia Kim, Soudary Kittivong, Sun Lee, Meizhu Lui, Daniel Magpali, Mo Nishida, Robyn Rodriguez, Jee Ryu, Eric Tang, and Ryan Yokota.

FightBack! article

Sun Hyung Lee and George Iechika-McKinney contributed an article on San Francisco mayoral politics Vol 3, No 1, 2000 Fightback News, newspaper of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack!.

North Korea

Sun Hyung Lee traveled to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) as part of a peace delegation of eight Korean Americans from Oakland, Los Angeles and New York in June of 2004. [4]

Christine Ahn, Sun Hyung Lee visited North Korea under DEEP: Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Exposure and Education Program in 2004.[5]

Sun Lee joined Korean movement activists for a one-month trip to North Korea November, 2002. She wrote about it for Freedom Road Socialist Organization/FightBack! website "Koreans Stand Up by Sun Lee, December 2, 2002.