The Carolina Korea Forum Meeting: The Politics of Remembering the Korean War: Blockbuster Films, History and Social Memory

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February 27, 2014 @ 2:00 pm
February 27, 2014 @ 3:30 pm
Carolina Korea Forum
FedEx Global Education Center, Room 1005
301 Pittsboro St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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The mission of the Carolina Korea Forum is to promote awareness, dialogue and scholarly activities on Korean-related subjects at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and beyond.

Many recent South Korean films deal with contentious historical issues including the division of Korea, the Korean War, and the dark legacy of the Park Chung Hee regime. These films include, “Shiri,” “Joint Security Area,” “Silmido,” “Tae Guk Gi” and “Welcome to Tongmakgol.”

As such, these films probe the public memory that is at the heart of South Korean national identity. This presentation explores how the current cinematic rewriting of history rearticulates the cultural narratives that define South Korea, by focusing on some of the recent films that deal with the Korean War and how they contest, revise or follow the traditional history and prevailing conceptions of nation, gender, ethnicity, among other things.

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