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“A stiff apology is a second insult...” G. K. Chesterton
The passage of time does not heal all wounds; it cannot settle all accounts or resolve all disputes. But the identities of the perceived perpetrators can change, and a national apology’s task is to document, to put on record, a symbolic act as a prelude to possible reconciliation and forgiveness. To achieve these ends, one’s sincerity is paramount, especially when reading from a script. 

single-channel video installation, 55 min

Cutaways of Jiang Chun Gen – Forward And Back Again

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This documentary short is a portrait of an elderly Chinese farmer who was infected by Japanese biological warfare (glanders) in 1942, when he was 2 years old. The rest of his immediate family members perished from their infections, but he has lived and persevered for 70 years with open wounds.

Format: HD Video
Running time: 10 min
Director: James T. Hong
Assistant camera: Luo Zhuo
Producer: Wang Xuan
Executive producer: Cathy Tsang

James T. Hong was born in Minnesota, USA in 1970. He has been producing films and videos for nearly fifteen years. His moving image works have been shown at many prominent and obscure film festivals and galleries throughout the world. He lives and works in the USA and Taiwan.

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