[KS] New documentary film about Korean slave labor in Japan

Frank Joseph Shulman fshulman at umd.edu
Wed Jun 21 12:08:54 EDT 2017

The following posting from Professor David W. Plath appeared earlier
today on the listserve for East Asian anthropology.  It may well be of
interest to you as well.

Best wishes,

Frank Joseph Shulman

June 21, 2017

From: "David W. Plath" <d-plath at illinois.edu>
Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:33:16 -0400
Subject: new documentary film about slave labor
To: EASIANTH at listserv.temple.edu

My new documentary film So Long Asleep; waking the ghosts of a war has
been selected for screening in October during the annual  Margaret
Mead Film Festival in New York’s American Museum of Natural History.

So Long Asleep (60 minutes) follows an international team of East
Asian volunteers as they excavate, preserve and repatriate the remains
of Korean men who died doing slave labor in Hokkaido during the
Asia-Pacific War. On the 70th anniversary of the end of the war we
travel with them as they carry 115 sets of remains on a pilgrimage
across Japan and over to Korea for reinterment in the Seoul Municipal
Cemetery. Using a dark past to shape a brighter shared future the
project offers an upbeat model for remembrance and reconciliation that
could be adapted widely.

Audience response has been enthusiastic at all screenings on several
university campuses and at the annual meetings of the Association for
Asian Studies in Toronto. At the premier screening last October during
the annual meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs the film
received a standing ovation.

The film and the repatriation project are featured in a 4-page special
segment of the Spring 2017 issue of Education About Asia.

Documentary Educational Resources (der.org) will have copies of the
film ready for distribution later this summer. Please visit the DER
website to view a trailer. Dialogue is in English, Korean and
Japanese; in the DER edition the dialogue carries English subtitles.
Separately, project participants have prepared editions with subtitles
in Korean and in Japanese. For the Korean version, contact Professor
Byung-Ho Chung (bhc0606 at gmail.com) and for Japanese contact Professor
Song Ki-Chan (kichans at hotmail.com).

There’s a dance in the old man yet,
David W. Plath, Emeritus, Illinois-Urbana (dwplath at gmail.com)

Frank Joseph Shulman
Bibliographer, Editor and Consultant for Reference Publications in Asian Studies
9225 Limestone Place
College Park, Maryland 20740-3943 (U.S.A.)
E-mail: fshulman at umd.edu

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