Maija Rhee Devine

How Chinese Zodiac Signs Affect Women

ImagesZodiacSignsThis lecture will be given by Maija Rhee Devine on Feb. 6, 2018, 7:30 p.m., 2nd floor, Residents’ Lounge, Somerset Palace, Kwanghwamun, Seoul.  Here is the description of the power point presentation.

“Folk beliefs in the power of the Chinese zodiac signs to affect fortunes of human beings have flourished for millennia in Asian regions.  Even today, in Korea and elsewhere, in tandem with world-record-breaking scientific and technological advances, the zodiac myths exert power over men and women, and contribute to the creation of various societal phenomena, including the dramatically fluctuating birth rates, increased abortions of female fetuses in certain years, population imbalances, and popularity (or unpopularity) of persons of certain signs as marriage or business partners.  In China, Korea, and other Asian countries, such beliefs enable expanding commercial activities, such as fortune telling, match making, and shamanistic rituals. . . . the lecturer will discuss how Asian beliefs in Chinese zodiac signs continue to impact lives, particularly those of women.”

The lecturer’s talk on this topic can be listened to at:  KKFI FM 90.1, “Every Woman,” 8/05/2017,

Posted on: December 21st, 2017

ESSAY: Traveling to Seonunsa Temple on 9/24/2017, an RAS/KB Excursion


#TheRoyalAsiaticSociety #BuddhistTemple #Seonunsa

Author’s TEDx Talk, 2/2014: TEDx:

Posted on: December 21st, 2017

General MacArthur and My Brother


#IncheonLanding #GenMacArthur #TheKoreanWar

Published in The Korea Times, 10/31/17:

Author’s TEDx Talk, 2/2014: TEDx:


Posted on: December 21st, 2017

Did Comfort Women of WWII Become Rich?


Published in The Korea Times, 10/20/2017.

#comfortwomen #WWII #JapanApology #JapanCompensation #KoreanComfortWomen

Author’s TEDx Talk, 2/2014: TEDx:


Posted on: December 21st, 2017

Children of Comfort Women of WWII


Published in The Korea Times, 8/24/2017

Posted on: December 21st, 2017

“46 Surviving Korean Comfort Women”

In this op-ed published in The Kansas City Star,02/16/16 (and also in The Korea Times, 2/15/16), the error of the number of Korean comfort women surviving today,46, quoted in news media, is corrected. Reports should have said, “Out of 238 former Korean comfort women who registered with the South Korean government, only 46 survive.” Today, in March, 2017, there are 36. Link:

Posted on: March 15th, 2017

3/10/16 Power Pt. Presentation on Comfort Women of WWII, KU Dole Institute of Politics

This talk went on YouTube:

Posted on: April 4th, 2016

4/13/16 Power Pt. Presentation on Comfort Women of WWII

KimSDThatMomentCRRKimSDThatMoment50%6:30pm, Reception, 7:00pm Presentation, Plymouth Language School, 926 Vermon St., Lawrence, KS 66044 (785-766-0928).

Posted on: April 4th, 2016

4/7/16, 6pm, Reading and Presentation with Visual Images, Historical Poems & Prose

KimJongpilCartoonDraftingAgentKimJongpilCartoonDraftingAgentKimSDShipMini4/7/16, Thurs., Inklings Bookstore, 1101 W.Main, Blue Springs, MO. 816-701-3400.

Posted on: April 4th, 2016

Power Point Talk on Comfort Women, 12/21/2015, Seattle

KOAM (Korean American) TV crew will cover this event.  It’s not open to the public, but as the speaker, I can invite a few guests.  Those wishing to attend this event should contact Maija.  In this comfort women’s testimonies-based presentation, Maija will present the lives of these women before, during, and after their lives as comfort women of WWII.  Her discussion will include testimonies by Japanese soldiers who used these women’s services and the issues that pose obstacles to the resolution and closures for the women.

#comfortwomen #sexslaves #warraparation

Maija’s TEDx Talk, 2/22/14:

Posted on: December 15th, 2015

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