Excavating the Korean War through Oral Histories:
The Art of Remembering & Approaches to Trauma
with Ramsay Liem & Joan Liem
This workshop focused on the realities and challenges of encountering trauma when conducting oral history interviews. Professor Ramsay Liem provided examples of trauma or traumatic memories emerging out of his own engagement with Korean American Memories through the Korean War Oral History Project. Additionally, Professor Liem showed participants how oral history projects can be re-presented and embodied through creative practices and platforms, such as a multimedia art exhibition. He shared with participants his experience of being involved in creating an embodiment of Korean American Memories through the multimedia art exhibit, Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the “Forgotten War.” Professor Joan Liem provided participants with a basic understanding of trauma and how it may be triggered, particularly in spaces of remembering and re-telling traumatic experiences from the past (especially oral history interviews). In each of the discussions initiated by our workshop facilitators, the goal was to pay particular attention to remnants of trauma and unhealed pain.