Three years ago, Phil Jablon (aka The Projectionist) started a concerted effort to start documenting the rapidly-vanishing stand-alone movie theaters and former theaters in Southeast Asia.
Today his website, The Southeast Asia Movie Theater Project
is a historian and movie-theater lover's dream. Jablon has captured the faded
, the lost
, the torched
, the almost lost
, the repurposed
, the reborn
, and the unbounded
. [more inside]
When John Van Antwerp MacMurray was dispatched to Asia in 1925 as the American Envoy to the Republic of China, he brought a Kodak motion picture camera with him
On March 26, 2010, the ROKS Cheonan, a South Korean navy ship, exploded and sunk
, killing at least forty sailors. On May 19, an international investigation team concluded that a North Korean torpedo sunk the Cheonan.
What does this mean for the Koreas and the world? It's not clear, but Ask a Korean
provides a brief, yet historically contextualized dossier
on this issue. [more inside]
On Wednesday, the US House of Representatives' Committee on International Relations adopted a bipartisan resolution
to ask the Japanese government to formally apologize for sexually enslaving up to 200,000 "comfort women
" in Imperial brothels during its colonial occupation of Asia from 1932 through the end of World War II
. Many were tortured and raped, and only about 30% survived WWII.
Japan has stated repeatedly that even though the brothels were established by military policy, the imperial government was not directly involved in operating them
. Taking responsibility would be an admission that they committed war crimes -- slavery and trafficking in women and children -- and could give victims a legal basis to sue for reparations
. H Res. 759
does not ask Japan to provide reparations, but it does push them to unambiguously acknowledge what happened and educate future generations, (full text
) rather than continue the current practice of denying what really happened. Previously on MeFi.
Queen of Suffering
: A Spiritual History of Korea, by Ham Sok Hon