Exhibit on Legacies of Korean War Opens June 26 at Bishop Museum

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 “Forgotten War,” 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 “forgotten war.”

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/.