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Finding aid for the Neil Flowers North Korea Journal photograph album

Finding aid prepared by Joy Kim, 2013 July

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries East Asian Library
Creator
Flowers, Neil
Title
Neil Flowers North Korea Journal photograph album
Collection no.
3037
Date
2002
Extent
1.0 Linear feet
Language
English
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".

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

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Biographical/Historical note

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).

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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".

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries East Asian Library
2013 July
Doheny Memorial Library
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-1825
(213)740-1772

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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Controlled Access Headings

Genre(s)

  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Korea (North)--Description and travel--Photographs
  • Korea (North)--Photographs
  • P'yŏngyang (Korea)--Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Flowers, Neil -- Photograph collections

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