SIETAR Kansai June 2015 monthly meeting : Film showing of “Uri Hakkyo”—a documentary of a Korean school in Hokkaido

Speaker:             Ms. Sunhyong Nam

Date:                   June 14, 2015 (Saturday) 

Time:                  14:00-17:00

Venue:                Nishinomiya Daigaku Koryu Center (ACTA East Tower 6F, Room 2)

  2 minutes from Hankyu Nishinomiya Kitaguchi station,

  Tel: (0798) 69-3155

Fee:             Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members.

Language:          Film: Korean and Japanese with English subtitles, Presentation: Japanese

Description of the program:

Uri Hakkyo (Our School) is a documentary film about Korean students in a Chongryon-run (North Korean-funded elementary, middle and high school in Hokkaido. A Korean national, producer Kim Myeong-joon, was simply interested in how Koreans could educate their children in Japan, so he decided to follow 3rd– and 4th-generation students and their teachers for 3 years, filming their classes, school events, recruiting visits to Zainichi Korean families in the area, and even a school trip to North Korea. (He had to give students the camera for them to film because as a South Korean he could not go with them.) Through this film, viewers can get a glimpse into the everyday life of ethnic Koreans in Japan, their struggles, their attitude toward North Korea, their relationships with each other and with their teachers, and their hopes for themselves and their school. Uri Hakkyo (Our School) has been shown internationally since it was produced in 2006, and won the 2006 Busan International Film Festival for best documentary. After the film, we will hear from Sunhyong Nam, a product of Korean schools herself.

Profile of speaker: Nam, Sunhyong

Ms. Nam is the Secretary of Elfa, a nonprofit organization known as the Center for Koreans living in Kyoto. She is a second generation Zainichi Korean. Born in Tokyo in 1966, she was educated in Korean schools from primary school to university. After working as a journalist for Chosen-Shinpo, a Korean newspaper, she moved to Kyoto in 2000. Since 2001 she has been in her current position. She is married and the mother of two sons. One is a fourth-year student at university and the other, a third-grader in junior high school. Her husband is also a second-generation Zainichi Korean