Date of Award

Fall 1-14-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Departments/Programs

Film and Media Studies

First Advisor

Véronique Bernard

Second Advisor

Kelly Anderson

Academic Program Adviser

Andrew Lund

Abstract

Morkovcha, Korean Carrot Salad is a short documentary that tells a story of ethnic Koreans from Russia and the post-Soviet territories making their new home in New York City. The history of the diaspora is told through conversations with my mother, personal stories, fragmented memories, and my family photo archive. This very personal film is my attempt to revisit the 160-year history of the Russian Korean diaspora and to record and preserve our unique fusion of cultures in the melting pot that is the United States. Its purpose is to help to process and accept the tragic past of my ancestry to move forward.

An important character of the film is Morkovcha, the Korean carrot salad, an invention of the Russian Korean diaspora; its essence is symbolic of our mixed identity. The name itself is the merging of two words: “Morkov,” the Russian word for carrot, and “Cha,” a phonetic variation of the Korean word for salad.

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