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Film Screening and Panel Discussion - David Plath, "So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of War"

Event Type
Film Screening
asia-pacific war, documentary, film screening, japan, korea, repatriation
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
101 Armory Building (505 E. Armory Avenue, Champaign)
Nov 6, 2017   7:00 - 9:00 pm  
David Plath, Producer and Director; Roderick Wilson, Rubie Watson, Ga Young Chung - Discussion Panel
Originating Calendar
Asian American Studies


So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of a War chronicles a decades-long project to excavate and repatriate the remains of Korean men who died doing forced labor in Hokkaido during the Asia-Pacific War. During WWII, “more than a million men were taken from Korea to labor at sites across Japanese and the South Pacific Islands; over 200,000 of them were sent to Hokkaido.”(Byung-ho Chung) Many died in harsh conditions in the foreign land. In 2015, 70 years after the war’s end, a group of international volunteers, led by Japanese priest Yoshikiho and Korean scholar Byun-ho Chung, repatriated 115 victim remains to South Korea. The documentary raises important questions about war remembrance, reconciliation, repatriation, and international cooperation. (Produced and Directed by David Plath, 60 minutes, 2016.)


Discussion panel:

  • Roderick Wilson, Assistant Professor, History and East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Rubie Watson, former director of Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University
  • Ga Young Chung, PhD Candidate, Global Studies in Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

David Plath, director and producer of the film, will be present for Q&A following the panel discussion. David Plath, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received an award for distinguished contributions to Asian Studies from the Association for Asian Studies in 2013.


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