So Long Asleep: Waking the Ghosts of War
This documentary film chronicles the decades-long project of exhuming, memorializing, and finally repatriating the remains of forced laborers from the Korean Peninsula who died in Hokkaido building a dam and working in mines and factories in Japan during the Asia-Pacific War. The project brought students from Japan and South Korea together in an effort to excavate not only remains, but histories and in so doing create a community of awareness and mutual respect.
DAVID PLATH, emeritus professor of anthropology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has taught at the university for 35 years, published six books and more than 60 articles in anthropology and Japanese Studies. He has been involved in the production of three dozen documentaries about Japan and Thailand. In 2013, Prof. Plath received an award for distinguished contributions to Asian Studies from the Association for Asian Studies.