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Annabel is the producer-director of StoryofAmerica.org, a popular
documentary web series that chronicles the filmmakers' journey to
understand why we are so divided as a nation and how we may become more united. North Carolina in 2013 is the subject of the first feature film (a work in progress) from the series.

Working with her partner, Eric Byler, she has made hundreds of web videos that reached millions of people and contributed to a new era of civic engagement through the democratization of media. Her previous project 9500 Liberty is an award-winning documentary web series and a feature film about the culture war over immigration policy in Virginia.

She was born in Seoul, South Korea and immigrated to Houston, Texas when she was nine years old with her family. She studied philosophy at Boston University and political theory at Oxford University as a Marshall Scholar.

Entries by Annabel Park

My Journey Into America's Divide

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2014 | 10:09 PM

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For most of 2010 through 2012, I was trying to figure out answers to these questions: Why are the American people so divided, and hostile to one another? How will we meet the many challenges we face when there is conflict among the people and...

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North Carolina: A Laboratory for Trickle-Down Economics

(8) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 11:10 AM

During North Carolina's 2013 legislative session, a fierce debate took place over how to change the state tax code. Because Republicans had won a super majority in the General Assembly as well as the governor's race in 2012, the real tug-of-war centered around an aggressively conservative tax reform package championed...

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Replying to My Pro-Gun Friends and the NRA

(2511) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 2:24 PM

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This was originally published on December 16, 2012 with the title Replying to my pro-gun friends. It's been edited significantly and includes a reply to Wayne LaPierre's testimony at the Senate hearing on January 30, 2013.

Dear friends who can't tolerate anyone...

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Obama and Reagan in Dialogue

(3) Comments | Posted January 24, 2013 | 3:36 PM

On Monday, January 21, 2013, President Obama articulated a clear version of the Story of America. Arguably, it is a brilliant articulation of the American social contract. It seems to me that much of the philosophical and historical parts could have been said by many of our past presidents. I...

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The Zombification of America

(35) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 9:34 AM

The deep divisions that exist in America along political, economic and cultural lines have led many Americans to take a highly cynical view of government and its power to serve the people. As we count down the final hours and minutes in which our leaders are unable to avert our...

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Replying to my pro-gun friends

(54) Comments | Posted December 16, 2012 | 2:03 PM

Dear friends who can't tolerate anyone bringing up gun control: You're not going to intimidate me with your !!!!s, ????s, WORDS IN ALL CAPS, namecalling, and threats to unfriend. I am going to speak my mind regardless of your protestations.

I just wish you loved the First Amendment as much...

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Let's Not Balance What Is True With What Is False

(12) Comments | Posted December 11, 2012 | 4:32 PM

When people say that we need a "balanced approach" to reducing our debt and being fiscally responsible, what I hear is: We need to balance what is true with what is false. We need to balance what is good for the whole country with what is good for a few...

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The Real Culprits of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

(15) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 3:39 PM

To me, the blockade of Palestinian territories has been inhumane and unjust. My heart aches for the suffering of the Palestinians in those territories. To be honest, I've cried many times for their plight and reading about their circumstances puts me in a very dark place.

However, I also...

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First Spending Cut: Paychecks for Congress

(12) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 3:07 PM

The new Gallup poll shows approval for Congress at 10 percent.

Congress -- especially the 112th one -- is a corrupt and failed institution. I'm not saying that they're no decent people in Congress; I know that there are. But, the institution as a whole is a failure and...

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Fear the Other Guy, but Do Not Hope

(15) Comments | Posted July 31, 2012 | 11:50 AM

I know some of you will get very upset with me for saying this, but I just have to get this off my chest before we go into the season of insane rhetoric and hyperbole.

This is what I can't get over. Since the 2008 economic crisis, the message...

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Eric Cantor's Extreme Makeover Interrupted By Ghost of Reagan

(43) Comments | Posted January 4, 2012 | 9:30 AM

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor set out to "humanize" his image by doing a 60 Minutes interview with Leslie Stahl that aired on New Year's Day. This is how Stahl explains the context of the interview, "President Obama has made Eric Cantor the face of Republican inflexibility."

Although it did...

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In Congress We Do Not Trust: More Bipartisan Insanity

(3) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 2:09 PM

I had promised myself that my next blog post would be about my experience of the Citizens Intervention rally at the US Capitol. But, I came across this story and I had to write something.

Our courageous and wise leaders, our Representatives in the House, voted 396-9 yesterday to...

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Occupied America: Bridging the Divide

(13) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 1:26 PM

The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise -- with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our...
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