The Center for Korean Studies is pleased to join other local organizations in sponsoring the Honolulu presentation of Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the â€œForgotten War,â€ a multimedia exhibit of installation and performance art, documentary film and archival photographs, and oral histories that explores memories and legacies of the Korean War.
Embodying life stories of ordinary Korean Americans who experienced the war, the exhibit is a public space of remembering that breaks the silence about a tragic episode in U.S. and Korean history. The Korean War took the lives of 3 million Korean civilians and 1.2 million combatants, ushered in the Cold War era, and remains stalemated in an armistice agreement nearly six decades later. Yet most Americans remember it only as the â€œforgotten war.â€
Since its opening in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 2005, the exhibition has been shown in New York, Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Seoul, and Seattle.
Still Present Pasts will be exhibted at the Bishop Museum’s Castle Memorial Building from June 26 to September 12, 2010. The exhibit will be open daily except Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The museum’s usual admission fees apply, but there are significant discounts for Hawaii residents and military personnel. There is ample free parking on the museum grounds.
The official Opening Reception and Panel and Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War will take place Friday, June 25, 2010, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Bishop Museum. The event is free and open to the public. The event will include a reception, cultural presentations (Korean dancing and drumming), a panel discussion about remembering the Korean War, and docent-led tours of the exhibit.
For more information about the exhibit, see http://www.cmahawaii.org/spp/.