[KS] Film & Talk on the Kanto Massacre of Koreans in Seoul next Tues July 15

Jinhee Lee jlee at eiu.edu
Sun Jul 13 11:13:11 EDT 2014

Dear Colleagues, 

Thanks to many of your warm support and cool participation, the 90th commemoration documentary screening and panel events concerning the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake and the massacre of Koreans concluded successfully in the U.S. last spring. The series of events introduced the two rare documentaries to the U.S. for the first time at ten selected venues in the U.S.. The zainichi film director Oh Choonggong and the organizer felt overwhelmed with positive response and continuing inquiries concerning the topic and the films since then. Encouraged by the audience's interest and researchers' request in Korea, Director Oh plans to appear in person for his film and talk event at 3pm next Tuesday (7/15) in Seoul. I'd appreciate it very much if you could inform interested students and colleagues in Korea about this rare opportunities to see his documentary films and meet the director. The audience will also meet many Japanese and Korean witnesses of the mayhem through the films while learning about the recent development in knowledge and memory production concerning the topic. If you have any questions or need further information about the event, please contact Kunkuk University' s IHU (Institute for the Humanities for Unification) in Seoul at 02-450-3885. The Korean announcement and the event schedule is attached below (Free and open to public). 


Documentary Film and Talk on the 1923 Kanto Massacre of Koreans 

3pm Tues July 15 

International Conference Room, Konkuk University Law School, Seoul, Korea 


3-4 pm * Film 1. "Hidden Scars: The Massacre of Koreans from the Arakawa River Bank to Shitamachi in Tokyo, 1923” [隠された爪跡 - 東京荒川土手周辺から下町の虐殺] (1983, Choongkong Oh, dir., 58 minutes, Japanese w/ Korean subtitles) 

Subtitled to be released to Koreans for the first time to mark ninety years since the 1923 Kanto Earthquake and the massacre of Koreans in Japan that followed , this documentary features survivors’ testimonials and explains the natural and man-made aspects behind the disaster and tragedy. 

4-4:50 pm * Film 2. “The Disposed-Of Koreans: The Great Kanto Earthquake and Camp Narashino”[払い下げられた朝鮮人 関東大震災と習志野収容所] (1986, Choongkong Oh, dir., 53 minutes, Japanese w/ Korean subtitles) 

Following the 1923 Kanto Earthquake, Japanese authorities herded resident Koreans into a camp to “protect” them from vigilantes’ attacks. This documentary traces the memories and commemorations of what became a double massacre of Koreans in the disaster-stricken Japanese society. 

5-6:00 pm * Talk and Q&A (Speaker: Jinhee Lee with Director Oh) 

Film trailer available at: 


이번 화요일 오후 3시 건국대학교 통일인문학연구단 주최로 관동대지진 조선인학살사건 관련 강연이 있는데, 마침 이 주제와 관련해 30년간 힘써오신 재일동포 다큐멘타리 감독이신 오충공 선생님도 함께하시게 되어 상영회와 더불어 일반공개행사를 준비하게 되었습니다. 오감독님의 기록영화 2편은 근 30년전 유언비어와 학살 등을 직접 목격한 많은 일본인과 한국인 증인분들이 중심으로, 두편 다 감독님과 상영하고 질의응답하는 기회는 좀처럼 없어 관심있으신 한국의 많은 분들께 좋은 기회가 될 것입니다. 자세한 사항은 건대 주최자 연구실로 문의하실 수 있습니다. 다음은 행사안내입니다. 


Sincerely, Jinhee Lee, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of History 
Coordinator of Asian Studies 
Eastern Illinois University 
600 Lincoln Avenue 
Charleston, IL 61920, USA 

Tel. 217.581.6065 
Fax 217.581.7233 
jlee at eiu.edu 
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