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Hyphen Magazine interview
http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/blog/archive/2013/03/caamfest-2013-interviews-deann-borshay-liem-and-ramsay-liem-memory-forgotten-wa

KoreAm Journal
http://iamkoream.com/april-issue-new-korean-war-documentary-shows-old-wounds-still-hurt/

LA Times Interview with Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem
http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/02/world/la-fg-wn-global-voices-korean-divides-20130501

Sixty Years of Korean Armistice
http://www.latimes.com/news/world/worldnow/la-fg-wn-korean-armistice-60-years-20130726,0,6869659.story

Asia Pacific Forum
WBAI 99.5 FM in New York City - Pacifica Radio
Memory of Forgotten War - 60 Years Later
60-minute radio segment
http://www.asiapacificforum.org/show-detail.php?show_id=297
Hyphen: Asian American Unabridged

CAAMFest 2013 Interviews: Deann Borshay Liem and Ramsay Liem of 'Memory of Forgotten War'
http://www.hyphenmagazine.com/node/4268

Writing

Memory of Forgotten War screened in April, 2013 at Pilgrim Place, Claremont, a retirement, ecumenical faith community of scholars, missionaries, and church leaders. Some had served for many years in Korea and other parts of Asia. All worked for democracy and social justice. Our host, Pat Patterson, wrote this poem the week before we showed our film. 

KOREAN WAR

            Sixty years since

the end of the war

and still no Peace Treaty

The Armistice stands

between north Korea and the US

like a broken scarecrow

above the wrecks

of lives mine fields memories

divided families north and south

highly militarized 38th parallel

Always an excuse for not

answering north’s bid for talks

always including six parties

never answering face to face

always demonizing the leaders

pitying the people

giving them a little food but no peace

            But why the United States

will not talk peace

with Pyongyang

why keep pushing

this impoverished country

further into threats

of nuclear war

is political nonsense

            Of course an unsettled

Cold War conflict

serves its purposes

a government to bully and blame

when China and Russia

are too big and profitable

half a peninsula

for military bases and war games

a training ground

for US military and national guard

a strategic location in East Asia

an example to point to

capitalist success in the south

Marxist failure in the north

a way to perpetuate war mongering

a Cuba in the Caribbean

a North Korea in Asia

Pat Patterson was Northeast Asia Secretary of the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries in the 1970's and 80's.  She was a participant in the NCCC-USA East Asia Committee and led the delegation to North and South Korea in 1986, helping produce the policy paper on "Peace and Unification on the Korean Peninsula." Retired in Claremont, CA, she continues to work for justice and peace and write poetry, personal and political.

Quotes

Although profoundly sad and morally outrageous, the narrative in Memory of Forgotten War is without bitterness and the political and social history are coherently aligned without dominating the lives of ordinary people. The ironies in this documentary are the stuff of the great literatures of the future.
-    Winston Langley, Provost and Vice Chancellor, University of Massachusetts

Every year on June 25, the governments of the United States and South Korea and their representatives jointly commemorate the start of the Korean War and renew their “bonds forged in blood.”  Expunged from this celebratory Cold War narrative have been the voices of survivors and their experiences of the war’s brutality—deaths of loved ones, separation from family members, red-baiting and social stigma, loneliness and hardship. Memory of Forgotten War is the first film to give central place to the voices of first-generation Korean American survivors of the war.  As the generation of living memory passes, we are reminded of the urgency of peace and engagement as the only way to honor their suffering.
-    Christine Hong, Assistant Professor of Literature, University of California Santa Cruz

Memory of Forgotten War brings Korean history to life by offering a highly personal look at the experiences of four Korean-American survivors of the Korean War.  The film's effective historical framing of these experiences also helps audiences gain insight into the causes of the war and the importance of overcoming the tensions that continue to define U.S.-North Korean relations.
-    Martin Hart-Landsberg, Professor of Economics, Lewis and Clark College

Dexterously weaving personal narratives about separated families with experts' explanation of Korea's division and war, Memory of Forgotten War brings a forgotten chapter of history to life - full of stories of youthful innocence shattered by the gravity of war, decades of heart-aching longing to see mother and siblings on the other side of the division, and a fleeting moment of improbable reunion. Through laughter and tears of four Korean Americans, it tells a humane, tragic yet hopeful, story of Korea and America’s modern history. An excellent and rare resource for high school, colleges, or public education.
-    J.J. Suh , Associate Professor, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

My highest compliments for opening up a chapter of Korean history and making it accessible -- humanizing the story with engaging personal testaments.  Clear, tight, honest, heartbreaking, and a testament to the human spirit, Memory of Forgotten War will become an essential teaching tool.
-   Felicia Lowe, Filmmaker

Memory of Forgotten War


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"The ironies in this documentary are the stuff of the great literatures of the future."
Winston Langley, Provost and Vice Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston

"An excellent and rare resource for high school, colleges, or public education."
J.J. Suh , Associate Professor, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University

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