Film Explores Dynamics of a Family Separated by Political Loyalty

image: Dear PyongyangThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall film series–Two Kore­as, Shat­tered Lives–resumes Tues­day, Octo­ber 15, with the screen­ing of the auto­bi­o­graph­i­cal doc­u­men­tary Dear Pyongyang 디어 평양 (2005), direct­ed by Yang Yong-hi. Yang’s father, a leader of a pro-North Korea move­ment in Japan, sent her three broth­ers to live per­ma­nent­ly in the North as part of a repa­tri­a­tion pro­gram. Through her doc­u­men­tary, pro­duced over a ten-year peri­od, Yang strug­gles to under­stand why her lov­ing father would tear apart his fam­i­ly out of polit­i­cal loy­al­ty to an iso­lat­ed and enig­mat­ic regime. Through con­ver­sa­tions with her father and vis­its to Pyongyang, she doc­u­ments how eco­nom­ic set­backs leave the sons increas­ing­ly reliant on aid from rel­a­tives and dis­cuss­es oth­er con­se­quences of sep­a­rat­ing the fam­i­ly.

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies film series is free and open to all Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i stu­dents, fac­ul­ty, and staff and to the com­mu­ni­ty at large. The series is sup­port­ed by the Tim­o­thy and Miri­am Wee Memo­r­i­al Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and is planned and direct­ed by Pro­fes­sor Young-a Park of the UH Asian Stud­ies Pro­gram with the assis­tance of Robert York.

Film screen­ings take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um at 1881 East-West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Mānoa cam­pus and begin at 6:30 p.m. Kore­an films are shown with Eng­lish sub­ti­tles. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041 or Pro­fes­sor Young-a Park ( at (808) 956‑6387.

Dear Pyongyang was a win­ner of the Sun­dance Film Festival’s Spe­cial Jury Prize and won a Ned­pac Award from at the Berlin Inter­na­tion­al Film Fes­ti­val in 2006. View a trail­er for the film here: