Excavating the Korean War through Oral Histories


Excavating the Korean War through Oral Histories: 
The Art of Remembering & Approaches to Trauma 
with Ramsay Liem & Joan Liem 
Sun. August 4th, 4-6:30pm, 
Location Asian American Writers’ Workshop

112 W 27th St #600 New Yorkk, NY 10001

This workshop will present the Korean American Memories of the Korean War Oral History Project and its embodiment in the multimedia art exhibit, Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War.”  We will explore the recollections of first generation survivors and how the legacies of the war carry over to the younger generation.  In each case we will pay particular attention to remnants of trauma and unhealed pain.  Discussion of other aspects of this work will be guided by the interests of workshop participants.
Still Present Pasts website: stillpresentpasts.org
Bios of the workshop presenters are below.
Please RSVP to yuko.tonohira@gmail.com as we will cap workshop attendance to 20 participants. Light refreshments will be provided. We would like to ask for a suggested $10 donation to help cover the cost of this and future workshops held by the oral history collective. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you would like to donate towards this workshop electronically, you can make your donation here, making sure to write “ORAL HISTORY” in the memo section. https://secure.etransfer.com/ecomm/donation/donation1.cfm?d2org=Nodutdol&d2tool=donate. Please let us know if you are using this payment method.
Thank you for your interest and support! 

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This workshop has been organized by a new oral history collective composed of artists and organizers of color based in the NYC area, learning from Asian-American immigrants and communities of color, with the goal of uncovering and sharing hidden histories.
* * * Additional opportunities to hear Ramsay Liem present his work: August 3rd
For those who can, the day before, Aug. 3rd., Ramsay Liem will be at the Asian American International Film Festival, presenting his award-winning film ‘Memory of Forgotten War,’ based on oral histories, & speaking on a panel with Grace Cho, Associate Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies at the College of Staten Island CUNY, and author of ‘Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War.’ 
RSVP here for a discount code for tickets: https://www.facebook.com/events/688785937814092/
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Bios of presenters: 

Ramsay Liem is Professor Emeritus of psychology and visiting scholar at the Center for Human Rights and International Justice at Boston College.  His interests include the intergenerational transmission of historical trauma and the social and historical contexts of Asian American identity formation.  He is responsible for the oral history project Korean American Memories of the Korean War and served as project director for the multi-media exhibit “Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the Forgotten War”. The documentary “Memory of Forgotten War” is the most recent product of his work on Korean American legacies of the Korean War.

Joan Liem is a Professor of Psychology and Special Assistant to the Provost for Graduate Program Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She has also served as the Dean of Graduate Studies and the Director of the doctoral program in clinical psychology.  Her research focuses on the adolescent to young adult transition among high-risk adolescents and includes the long-term consequences of childhood sexual abuse and the causes and mental health consequences of high school drop outs/push outs.  She has taught graduate and undergraduate courses on principles of psychotherapy, supervised graduate students’ clinical work in the University Counseling Center, and directed undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. theses.  

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