Hello everyone, First of all, thank you all for visiting our website, reading all of our posts and watching many of our YouTube videos. I wanted to take the time to clear some things up for our global network of friends and also to the newcomers that are just now visiting our website here.
Let me explain what the Korean Friendship Association of the USA is all about, and what our exact purpose here. The sole purpose of KFA USA is to help Americans and other visitors to see a different side of the DPRK that the main stream media doesn’t ever seem to support nor concentrate on. The people, the culture, the history, the music, the arts and a full and complete understanding of the DPRK and it’s people. We try to do this by bringing you direct news we get from our official news sources in the DPRK. This is a main goal of ours since many people throughout the world do not get to see the “human side” of the DPRK and it’s people due to slanted media coverage that is continually focused on tensions between both countries.
About the KFA organization:
The Korean Friendship Association (KFA) was founded on November of the year 2000 with the sole purpose of building international ties with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. It has members from 120 countries. The KFA has full recognition from the Government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and is the world-wide leading organization of its supporters. It has offices in DPR Korea, Spain, Norway and Thailand.
At KFA USA, we like to post about latest newsworthy stories, sports, tourism, historical places, celebrations, opening ceremonies, music, amazing imagery and more. From this, you have the right to read, learn and educate yourself on something you have may never seen before. We do not force anyone into any kind of ideology, rather just request that you have an open mind. From this will come more and more people interested in the realization that the peace process is exactly what everyone wants here. Peace and reunification of the Korean people is something we all hope in the future will happen and an overall improved relationship with the United States of America.
Since all of our KFA USA members are from the United States, I have to say, regardless of politics all of us love our country, that’s not a question. We are just trying to do something our government is failing to do, which is open dialog and keeping things on a positive note focusing on common ground. We have so many friends that have traveled to the DPRK and they can say that common ground equals friendship and trust. We are ALL humans, we all want to be connected and understood. Hoping one day through our work, more and more citizen can learn and help the cause.
On the other side, there are so many people out there that are quick to send hate mail and other harsh comments behind a computer screen when we at KFUSA answer every single email and do our best to create open dialog with all of our visitors good or bad. On a positive note, this year we have been getting far more good posts and emails asking how they can help and participate and educate themselves on the culture of North Korea. To us here at KFA USA, that is exactly why we dedicate and donate all of our free time and energy. We do this without pay and without any motive other than peace and reunification for the Korean people and hopefully a small stepping stone for the USA government to work hard for open dialog and talks with the DPRK.
The President of the Korean Friendship Association, Alejandro Cao de Benos, has always been supportive of us here in the USA and I can honestly say a man of passion and integrity. He is also a very kind and caring individual. He let’s us operate the KFA USA division how we see fit and is always positive in reminding us that peace, happiness and an open dialog is best. Never once has he ever “forced us” to do anything uncomfortable. He is a pleasure to work with and he has personally made an impact by being a voice of the DPRK for the outside world through his years of dedicated work and interviews.
Below is an excerpt from our KFA USA manual when people are interested in becoming a KFA USA Member and participating with our friendship association. Here you can see that we keep a strict grip on having people with integrity and best interest at heart.
“At KFA USA we DO NOT get involved in hate speech, racial overtones, threats or intimidation on any level, that will be terms for immediate suspension and/or termination of your position. The Korean Friendship Association is based on positive message through cultural exchange. We are here to represent the DPRK, it’s Government and their people, so thinking like a North Korean is what we try to emulate here at the KFA. We believe that knowledge and education is what will change many Americans thoughts the DPRK.”
With that said, this year I have focused on building content for this website as well as social media networking. It was just something we did’t have here in America representing the DPRK on a high level, Now that its been running for over a year. I want to focus on more content and also some personal blogging from myself and some of our members as they are eager to participate.
I am no expert or claim to be some historian of the DPRK as I am learning every day just as everyone else. Thats why I do not do many interviews even though, I get asked many times a week for a statement by many major news networks and affiliates. I would much rather post here giving you my thoughts, comments an open forum open to all responsible readers wanting to learn more. We have incredible recourses at the KFA and so many knowledgable members around the world so getting answers to your questions is #1 for us. We always will try our best.
I also hope to be blogging a bit more as I am still continuing to learn more about the DPRK every day. The reason I joined the KFA was a decision I made on my own after watching nearly every North Korea YouTube good or bad. I made a personal decision to not judge until I learned the “other side” of things (which I am still learning) . You will be surprised with what you can learn when the shoe is on the other foot. It’s a bit uncomfortable at first, but you adjust to see both points of view. I hope everyone can become better than just listening to one side and tossing daggers, look beyond and push yourself to learn about our friends around the world.
We here at KFA USA are also open to any ideas, suggestions and thoughts you all have. Please POST IN THE COMMENTS BELOW and I promise every message will be read.
Thank you for your time!
Korean Friendship Association (USA)
“Promoting diplomatic and cultural relations, economic growth, understanding, and friendship between the DPRK and the United States”