How do we decide where is home? For millions of immigrants, loyalties and divided between the land of their birth and the country in which they choose to live. Come and watch the award-winning documentary, Motherland – Cuba Korea USA on Thursday, Sept. 30, at 6 p.m. in 107 Vrooman Hall and join in the discussion. The Global Review presentation is free and open to the public.
Feeling increasingly isolated in her adopted homeland of the United States, pioneering documentarian Dai Sil Kim-Gibson traveled to Cuba to discover stories from a relatively unknown group in the Asian diaspora – Korean Cubans. The stories she uncoverd weave a complex web about the meaning of motherland in a globalized society.
Born in northern Korea when it was under Japanese colonial rule, Kim-Gibson came to the United States in 1962 to pursue graduate studies. She received her Ph. D. in religion from Boston University and taught at Mount Holyoke College, which was followed by a career as a federal and state government employee, senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities and director of the media program of the New York State Council on the Arts.
Kim-Gibson resigned from the New York State Council on the Arts to pursue a film career in 1988, going on to produce an array of award-winning films including Silence Broken: Korean Comfort Women and Wet Sand: Voices from LA. Motherland received the Asian American Media Award/Media Fund Award from the National Asian American Telecommunications Association.
Global Review is a weekly international current events program that is free and open to the public.