The Center for Korean Studies co-sponsors with the Center for Japanese Studies and Departments of History, East Asian Languages & Literatures,
"War Crimes Trials in Japanese Literature: The Question of Korean Representation on the War Criminal Docket"
on Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 12:00-1:30pm in Moore Hall 319.
Dr. Younglong Kim, UH Manoa Visiting Scholar, speaks on a genealogy of relevant works in Japanese literature, focusing specifically on those featuring Korean war criminals. These range from the film script “A Wall-Mounted Room” [Kabe Atsuki Heya] published in the 1950s by Abe Kōbō to Zainichi playwright Chong Wishing’s 2018 “Macbeth Below the Equator” [Shekidō no Shita no Makubesu].
By examining Korean representation in the context of war crimes trials, this presentation seeks to clarify how literary works engaged with issues of colonial and postwar responsibility never fully settled in the course of the historical trials.