Broadcasting Histories of Second-Generation Koreans in Hawai’i

Gary Pak, direc­tor of cre­ative writ­ing at UH Mānoa and a mem­ber of Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty, will give a talk titled “Plan­ta­tion Chil­dren: Broad­cast­ing His­to­ries of Sec­ond-Gen­er­a­tion Kore­ans in Hawai’i” on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 16, 2006, from 12:00 noon to 1:15 p.m., at the Cen­ter for Bio­graph­i­cal Research, in Henke Hall 325, 1800 East-West Road.

Gary Pak is prob­a­bly best known as the author of nov­els (A Ricepa­per Air­plane, Chil­dren of a Fire­bird), short sto­ries (The Watch­er of Waipuna and Oth­er Sto­ries, A House of Mir­rors, Lan­guage of the Geck­os and Oth­er Sto­ries), and plays (Beyond the Falls). Sev­er­al years ago he became inter­est­ed in pre­serv­ing the sto­ries of the chil­dren of Kore­an immi­grants to Hawai’i and began video­tap­ing oral his­to­ries of mem­bers of this sec­ond gen­er­a­tion com­mu­ni­ty. With sup­port from the UH Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, the Uni­ver­si­ty Research Coun­cil of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa, and the Hawai’i Coun­cil for the Human­i­ties, he pro­duced, direct­ed, and edit­ed Plan­ta­tion Chil­dren: Sec­ond-Gen­er­a­tion Kore­ans in Hawai’i, a doc­u­men­tary series that began air­ing on ‘Ole­lo Com­mu­ni­ty Tele­vi­sion NATV Chan­nel 53 in the spring of 2006. He will dis­cuss some of the par­tic­u­lar chal­lenges involved in bring­ing this project to the screen.

For more infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Cen­ter for Bio­graph­i­cal Research at (808) 956‑3774 or biograph@hawaii.edu.