Abandoned: The Stories of Japanese War Orphans in The Philippines and China
A film by Hiroyasu Obara. 2020. 98 minutes.600 S. Gregory Street, Urbana, ILAdmission Free FACE MASKS REQUIRED TO BE WORNIn-person screening. Online conversation with scholar Eri Kitada (Rutgers University-New Brunswick) Tuesday, April 12, 2022 - 7pm SPURLOCK MUSEUM
Addressing issues around family and transnationalism, citizenship and empire, and history and memory across East and Southeast Asia, this documentary film traces forgotten and disappeared Japanese communities in the Philippines and former Manchuria by shedding light on the perspectives of migrants’ children now approaching the end of their lives. Testimonies in the film illuminate the afterlives of communities and families grappling with the legal, economic, and emotional questions of the historically fraught diaspora.