Flowers (Neil) North Korea Journal photograph album Edit

Summary

Identifier
3037
Finding Aid Author
Joy Kim
Finding Aid Date
2013 July
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Dates

  • 2002 (Creation)

Extents

  • 1 Linear Feet (Whole)

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Notes

  • Abstract

    North Korea Journal: 2002 is a large album (30 cm x 42 cm) of photographs taken by poet, screenwriter, writer, director, actor, editor, and USC alumnus Neil Flowers during a trip to North Korea (DPRK) in June 2002. Flowers, a Canadian who lives and works in Los Angeles, was the only Caucasian amongst 19 Koreans from L.A. who were invited by the government to visit the DPRK. These Korean Angelenos (and Flowers) had been contributing financially to a noodle factory in Pyongyang that fed the poor. The group also brought books, clothes, food and other items for the Buddhist monks who maintain the remaining temples in the country (many were destroyed during the war). The images depict places Flowers visited and people he met during his visit. The beautifully restored temple Kwang Bop Sa (Kwangbopsa) is featured in the photographs; as is Pyongyang, the massive performance art spectacle called Arirang, and the United Nations buildings at the 48th parallel DMZ. One page features propaganda billboards in the capital city. Captions are included for many of the photographs in the form of description and/or poetry. The photographs are mostly in color with a few in black and white. This is a unique one-of-a-kind book that captures a moment in the history of "The Hermit Kingdom".

  • Biographical / Historical

    Neil Flowers, a Canadian who lives and works in Los Angeles, was the only Caucasian amongst 19 Koreans from L.A. who were invited by the North K orean government to visit the DPRK. These Korean Angelenos (and Flowers) had been contributing financially to a noodle factory in Pyongyang that fed the poor. The group also brought books, clothes, food and other items for the Buddhist monks who maintain the remaining temples in the country (many were destroyed during the war).

  • Scope and Content

    North Korea Journal: 2002 is a large album (30 cm x 42 cm) of photographs taken by poet, screenwriter, writer, director, actor, editor, and USC alumnus Neil Flowers during a trip to North Korea (DPRK) in June 2002. The images depict places Flowers visited and people he met during his visit. The beautifully restored temple Kwang Bop Sa (Kwangbopsa) is featured in the photographs; as is Pyongyang, the massive performance art spectacle called Arirang, and the United Nations buildings at the 48th parallel DMZ. One page features propaganda billboards in the capital city. Captions are included for many of the photographs in the form of description and/or poetry. The photographs are mostly in color with a few in black and white. This is a unique one-of-a-kind book that captures a moment in the history of "The Hermit Kingdom".

  • Preferred Citation

    [Box/folder# or item name], Neil Flowers North Korea Journal photograph album, Collection no. 3037, Korean Heritage Library, East Asian Library, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Advance notice required for access.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Curator, Korean Heritage Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Korean Heritage Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

  • Acquisition

    Gift of Neil Flowers, July 18, 2013.

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