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May 22, 2014

Australia hopes North and South can be reunited to end violations

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop made a surprise visit to Strathfield today - and heard for herself of the hardships of two North Korean defectors.

Strathfield was chosen as the venue for the meeting, held during Human rights in North Korea Week,  because it is a centre for Korean Australians.

After hearing harrowing stories of human rights violations, the Minister sent a clear message to the Pyongyang regime that Australia will keep trying to reunite South and North Korea.

April 1, 2014

Protests and petitions over plan to put up statue in memory of comfort women at Strathfield town centre

It was one of the biggest protests seen in Strathfield in years.  And it was all conducted under the watchful eye of the international press.

When councillors were asked to consider a petition against the idea of a statue commemorating Korean, Chinese and Australian "comfort women" used by the Japanese army during the second world war, some 140 Koreans, Chinese, Australian and Japanese protestors turned up to try and influence their decision.

August 9, 2013

Residents will be asked to choose the final designs for a Korean garden that could become an important new amenity for the municipality, and even a tourist attraction.

Residents will be asked to choose the final designs for a Korean garden that could become an important new amenity for the municipality, and even a tourist attraction.

The long-awaited plans may include traditional Korean horticulture, a restaurant, gallery and a cultural centre available to all for community and other events.

February 18, 2013

Strathfield's Korean community celebrates Lunar Festival. 

Strathfield's Korean community turned out in force for the first big lunar new year event on the town square today - and the event was immediately declared a success.

Strathfield also discovered it had a new star - a real crowd pleaser in the form of Jeremy Yong, the eight-year-old guitar-plucking young finalist of Australia's Got Talent.

He comes from Strathfield and his mum is his manager.

"He has been singing and playing the guitar since he was around six," said Jeremy's mum.