Events

    2021 Apr 22

    The Korean Vernacular Story: Telling Tales of Contemporary Chosŏn in Sinographic Writing

    4:30pm to 6:00pm

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    Online Event (Zoom)

    Korea Colloquium
    4.22 Professor Si Nae Park's Book Talk Poster

    Si Nae Park
    Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

    Discussant:
    Wiebke Denecke, Visiting Professor of East Asian Literatures, MIT

    Chaired by Karen Thornber, Harry Tuchman Levin Professor in Literature and Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University; Acting Director, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Fall 2020

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    2021 Apr 08

    Kim Kiyoung’s Cinema and Questions of Language

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

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    Korea Colloquium
    4/8/21 Korea Colloquium Poster


    Jinsoo An
    Associate Professor, Korean Studies, Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Berkeley

    Jinsoo An is Associate Professor at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures of the University of California, Berkeley. He received his doctoral degree from the Department of Film and Television of UCLA and subsequently taught at Hongik University in Seoul, South Korea before joining the faculty at UC Berkeley in 2012. His research interests encompass Korean film history, East Asian cinema, film genre, authorship, history and memory, film historiography, and film censorship. His articles have appeared in positions: asia critique, Journal of Korean Studies, Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, and China Review. His 2018 book, Parameters of Disavowal: Colonial Representation in South Korean Cinema, reassesses South Korea's cinematic rendition of the colonial past as a particular type of knowledge production integral to the historical and cultural logic of the Cold War system. His current research focuses on South Korean cinema under authoritarianism and practices of film censorship during the 1970s.

    Chaired by Alexander ZahltenProfessor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

    Abstract:
    This presentation begins with a recurring feature in Kim Kiyoung’s films that critics have often pointed out but rarely analyzed: the characters’ peculiar speech patterns. Often labeled as a “plain-form” style (“munŏch’e”), the characters frequently take resort to a non-colloquial, pontificating mode of address in his films. The presentation aims to cast light on this and other linguistic features that make up Kim’s oeuvre. It identifies and analyzes several sequences that exemplify Kim’s experiment with language and explain their representational significance. Specifically, it explores the ramifications of this feature by linking it to other aesthetic principles of Kim’s films. Lastly, it puts forward an argument that Kim’s linguistic experiment holds a key for a new understanding of Kim’s aesthetic achievement.

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    2021 Apr 02

    Modernizing Asia’s Countryside

    9:00am

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    Harvard-Yenching Institute Annual Roundtable; co-sponsored with the Asia Center, the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Korea Institute, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

    Han Do-Hyun, Professor of Sociology, Academy of Korean Studies
    Nguyen Thi Phuong Cham, Director, Cultural Studies Institute, Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences
    Nishikawa Kunio, College of Agriculture, Ibaraki University
    Mini Sukumar, Department of...

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    2021 Apr 01

    There Are No Shortcuts: The Korean War and the African American Struggle for Civil Rights

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

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    SBS Seminar; co-sponsored by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research (This event is part of the Race and Racism in Asia and Beyond Series, co-sponsored by the Harvard Asia Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Program on US-Japan Relations, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies)
    4.1 SBS Seminar Poster


    Mitchell Lerner
    Professor of History; Director, East Asian Studies Center, The Ohio State University

    Mitchell Lerner is professor of history at The Ohio State University, and director of the East Asian Studies Center. His research and teaching focus is on modern American diplomatic and political history during the Cold War, with an emphasis on U.S.-Korean relations.

    Lerner's first book, The Pueblo Incident: A Spy Ship and the Failure of American Foreign Policy, was published in 2002 by the University Press of Kansas. The book won the 2002 John Lyman Book Award for the best work of U.S. Naval History, and was named by the American Library Association as one of 50 "historically significant works" that would not have been published after the passage of Executive Order 13233. It was also nominated for the Pulitzer and Bancroft Prizes. He is also editor of three volumes that work at the intersection of American politics and foreign policy.

    He has published articles about modern American politics and foreign policy (often with a Korean focus) in numerous anthologies and journals, including Diplomatic History, Diplomacy & Statecraft, the Journal of Military HistoryPresidential Studies Quarterly, Journal of East Asian Affairs; Journal of Cold War Studies, and the Journal of East Asian Relations. He is currently at work on a policy history of the Johnson administration, as well as a broad study of U.S.-Korean relations during the Cold War.

    Lerner was elected to the governing council of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations in 2008, and is on the advisory board of the North Korea International Documentation Project, directed by the Cold War International History Project at the Wilson Center for Scholars. He has also served as a fellow at the University of Virginia's Miller Center for Public Affairs, and in 2005-06 he held the Mary Ball Washington Distinguished Fulbright Chair at University College-Dublin. In 2019, he was selected to the Association of Asian Studies’ Distinguished Speakers Bureau, and also delivered the National Security Agency’s Center for Cryptologic History annual Henry Schorrek Memorial Lectures.

    Lerner has received fellowships and grants from the Korea Foundation, Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library, Dwight Eisenhower Presidential Library, and John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. He has served as editor of Passport: The Society of Historians of American Foreign Relations Review, and is now associate editor of the Journal of American-East Asian Relations. In 2005, Lerner won the Alumni Award for Distinguished Teaching, and in 2019, he won the Ohio Academy of History Distinguished Teacher Prize.

    Chaired by Nicholas HarknessProfessor of Anthropology, Harvard University

    Abstract:
    The relationship between the Korean War and the African American civil rights movement is one that has been largely overlooked in the historical literature. This presentation traces the struggles of the African American community during the war, focusing in particular on the battlefield experiences of African American soldiers, to conclude that Korea served as a pivotal moment in directing the civil rights effort towards the more overtly aggressive posture that is commonly associated with the war in Vietnam. This talk will suggest that the experiences of African American soldiers along the 38th parallel provided a critical step towards the increased disillusionment and militancy of the subsequent decade.

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    2021 Mar 04

    Books, Flowers, and Objects: Beauty, Inspiration, and Aspiration in Korean Ch’aekkŏri Screens

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

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    Korean Treasures at Harvard Series IV
    3.4 Korean Treasures Poster

    Sunglim Kim
    Associate Professor of Korean Art History at Dartmouth College

    Sunglim Kim is an Associate Professor in the Department of Art History and Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages (ASCL) Program at Dartmouth College. Her research interests include pre-modern and 20th-century Korean painting, cultural exchanges between Korea and the world, and women and gender matters in Korean art. She is the author of a book, Flowering Plums and Curio Cabinets: The Culture of Objects in Late Chosŏn Korean Art, and numerous articles. She is currently organizing a traveling exhibition on the contemporary Korean ink painter Park Dae-Sung in the United States and is writing a book on that painter. Kim is also preparing a book on women artists and art movements in modern and contemporary Korea.  

    Chaired by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University

    Abstract:
    First appearing in the late 18th century, ch’aekkŏri is a genre of Korean still life painting depicting books, ceramics, antiques, plants, fruits, and other objects. Ch’aekkŏri screens arose with the flourishing of material culture in the late Chosŏn dynasty, and were used to represent their owners’ wealth, status, and aspirations through the represented objects. Simultaneously, artists began to employ mass production techniques to meet the high demand for this new art form. There are three types of ch’aekkŏri: “bookshelf,” “tabletop,” and “isolated.” In this talk, we will see how Korean painters produced tabletop ch’aekkŏri, by looking at extant underdrawings and comparing them with various ch’aekkŏri screens that may have been produced based on them. We also will closely examine the isolated ch’aekkŏri screen in the Harvard Art Museums collection, exploring its aesthetics, symbolism, and social context. 

    • Short presentations on Harvard collections, art and rare books. 
      • Followed by live Q/A

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    2021 Feb 18

    Screen-capitalism: Transnational Korean Screen Culture in Postsocialist China

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

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    Online Event (Zoom)

    Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
    2/18/20 Kim Koo Forum Event Poster

    Photo from Tian Li's Slideshow

    Tian Li
    Korea Foundation-Korea Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Korea Institute, Harvard University (Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Irvine)

    Before joining the Korea Institute as a Korea Foundation-Korea Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard, Tian Li was a lecturer at Stanford University teaching Asian Screen Cultures. She received her Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of California, Irvine. She specializes in Korean and Chinese film, media, and cultural studies. Her articles appear in such journals as Telos, China Perspectives, and Continuum: Journal of Media and Cultural Studies. Her current book project Screen-capitalism: Transnational Korean Screen Culture in Postsocialist China investigates the shifting paradigms of cultural dynamics within Korean and Chinese screen media, at their intersection with affect, aesthetic, gender, and ideology.

    Chaired by Alexander ZahltenProfessor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

    Abstract:
    The cultural phenomenon known as Korean Wave (Hallyu) has flourished in the Chinese mainland since the 1990s, both officially and unofficially, despite looming political conflicts and cultural boycotts. Although the term Hallyu was initially coined in the Chinese context and the phenomenon has reshaped the contours of Chinese pop culture, Sino-Korean screen media relations have received little attention in the English-language scholarship. This project theorizes South Korean screen culture’s transnationality through the concept of what I term screen-capitalism—a system of visual relations that foregrounds the negotiation of boundaries via affective and sensory co-experiences. It does so by scrutinizing the (re)localization of Korean screen culture, namely Chinese remakes of Korean variety television programs, Sino-Korean film and television co-productions and co-consumptions, and the deployment of screen-capitalism in Chinese screen cultures following Hallyu’s transformation into an Amnyu (undercurrent) in China. This talk will show how Korean screen media has been transplanted into different cultural, ideological, and linguistic communities, through mimicked and incorporative modes. By demonstrating the compatibility of screen-capitalism’s logic with both capitalist and (post)socialist societies, I contend that this mechanism, insofar as it is fluidly transplantable, ideologically permeable, and transnationally gendered, circulates a shifting cultural paradigm both on and off screen.

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    2021 Feb 11

    Images of the Ten Kings of Hell and Kṣitigarbha Bodhisattva dating from the Koryŏ (918-1392) and Chosŏn (1392-1910)

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

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    Korean Treasures at Harvard Series III


    Maya Stiller
    Associate Professor, Korean Art and Visual Culture, University of Kansas

    Maya Stiller is an Associate Professor of Korean art history & visual culture at the University of Kansas. She previously taught at Harvard University, the University of Vienna, and Kyushu National University. Maya was born and raised in Berlin, Germany. With a double major in Korean Studies and Art History, she spent several years living and studying in South Korea and Japan, followed by a doctorate in East Asian Art history from Free University Berlin. She came to the United States in 2008 to study Korean Buddhism and received a Ph.D. in Buddhist Studies and Korean History from UCLA in 2014. Dr. Stiller's book Carving Status at Kŭmgangsan: Elite Graffiti in Premodern Korea will be published later this year by University of Washington Press. Her most recent articles have been published in the Journal of Asian Studies and the Journal of Korean Religions. Her research projects have received support from the ACLS/Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, the Korea Institute at Harvard University, the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at Seoul National University, and the Academy of Korean Studies.

    Chaired by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University

    • Short presentations on Harvard collections, art and rare books. 
      • Followed by live Q/A

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    2020 Dec 01

    North Korea’s Information and Technology: The Inflow of Foreign Content and the Regime’s Countermeasures

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Korea Project Event

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    The North Korean regime has traditionally controlled information production, circulation, and consumption. However, over the years, foreign information and content have continued to trickle into the country. This phenomenon has major social and foreign policy implications. Our panelists will discuss how outside actors are getting content into North Korea, how the regime has responded with countermeasures, what kind of macro and micro impact foreign information consumption has on North Korean society, and why these trends are consequential.

    Join us for this Zoom Webinar event.

    The Belfer Center’s Korea Project and the Carr Center’s Technology & Human Rights Program are co-sponsoring this event.

    4:00 PM  Welcoming Remarks
    Speaker: Dr. John Park (Director, Korea Project, Harvard Belfer Center)

    Opening Remarks
    Speaker: Sushma Raman (Executive Director, Carr Center, Harvard Belfer Center)

    4:05 PM  Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Dr. John Park (Director, Korea Project, Harvard Kennedy School)
    Panelists: Dr. Jieun Baek (Founder and Co-Director, Lumen & Fellow, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School); Markus Garlauskas (Non-Resident Senior Fellow, Scowcroft Center, Atlantic Council); Geum-Hyok Kim (Student, Korea University); Nat Kretchun (Vice President for Programs, Open Technology Fund); Martyn Williams (Fellow, Stimson Center)

    4:30 PM  Q&A

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    2020 Nov 19

    Three "Plants and Insects” Paintings Attributed to Sin Saimdang (1504-1551)

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

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    Korean Treasures at Harvard Series II


    Si Nae Park
    Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

    Chaired by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University
     

    • Short presentations on Harvard collections, art and rare books. 
      • Followed by live Q/A

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    2020 Nov 18

    East Asia Responds to U.S. Election Results

    7:30pm to 8:30pm

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    Sponsored by the WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; co-sponsored by the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, the Harvard University Asia Center, and the Korea Institute.

    Toshihiro Nakayama
    Professor of American Politics and Foreign Policy, Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University; Adjunct Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs

    Shin-wha Lee
    Professor, Department of Political Science and International Relations, Korea University

    Wu Xinbo
    Dean, Institute of International Studies; Director, Center for American Studies; Fudan University

    Discussant:
    Ezra Vogel
    Honorary Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Emeritus, Harvard University

    Moderated by Christina Davis, Director, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations; Professor of Government; and Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

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    2020 Nov 13

    The Big Data Turn in the Humanities: Sailing into Uncharted Waters

    10:00am to 11:00am

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    East Asian Digital Scholarship Series; co-sponsored by Harvard-Yenching Library, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Korea Institute


    Javier Cha (Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, College of Liberal Studies, Seoul National University; Visiting Scholar and Digital Historian-in-Residence, Department of History, Lingnan University)

    The total amount of data created by 2020, if stored in a stack of single-layer Blu-ray discs, would reach seven times the distance between the Earth and the Moon. In 2019 alone, content creators uploaded 30,000 years of video to YouTube, and Naver's flagship data center, Kak, handles more information than ten thousand National Libraries of Korea combined. By 2025, big data will triple in size, and the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated this growth. To meet this demand, China is aggressively increasing its data center capacity, as seen in Guizhou's recent transformation into Big Data Valley and Alibaba Cloud's expansion in Southeast Asia. What are the implications of this ongoing big data transformation of society in the humanities? In this talk, Javier Cha argues for the need to fundamentally rethink the humanities, from material bibliography to data analytics and cultural studies. What do we do when our sources consist of millions of servers rather than documents? How do we handle cultural artifacts that increasingly eschew text in favor of video, 3d point clouds, and holograms? Questions of this nature are at the heart of Cha's Big Data Studies Lab at Seoul National University, which has invited librarians, historians, anthropologists, and computer scientists, among others, to search for the new normal in the humanities together. Our current proposal is to develop big data literacy and cultural data science curricula for the next generation of humanities scholars.

    The East Asian Digital Scholarship Series, founded by Feng-en Tu and Sharon Yang, has been a monthly luncheon at Harvard-Yenching Library. This year, the Series will be conducted remotely and is sponsored by Harvard-Yenching Library with the support of the Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Korea Institute. The Series will cover a wide range of topics in East Asian digital scholarship.


    The webinar will be conducted via Zoom. Participants will be required to register at https://link.ws/eads-nov20.

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    2020 Nov 12

    Citizenship and Belonging: How do North Korean Defectors 'become' South Korean?

    4:00pm to 5:00pm

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    Korea Colloquium (This event is part of the Race and Racism in Asia and Beyond Series, co-sponsored by the Harvard Asia Center, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute, Program on US-Japan Relations, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies)


    Jennifer Hough
    Korea Foundation-Korea Institute Postdoctoral Fellow, Korea Institute, Harvard University (DPhil from the University of Oxford, 2017)

    Dr Jennifer Hough is a Korea Foundation-Korea Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University for 2020-21, and a social anthropologist specializing in the politics of inclusion and exclusion in divided societies, with a particular interest in questions of citizenship, belonging, and identity. She received her DPhil from the University of Oxford in 2017. Based on long-term ethnographic fieldwork, her thesis analyzed the specific conditions that young North Korean migrants encounter after arrival in South Korea, exploring the gap between the expectations and realities of resettlement. Her publications have appeared in Geopolitics and Critical Asian Studies, and her research has been supported by the UK Economic and Social Research Council, the Academy of Korean Studies, and the Pony Chung Foundation, among others. She is currently working on a book manuscript that uses the detailed narratives of North Korean migrants to explore their experiences of limited inclusion, analyzing the mechanisms of their hierarchical differentiation and the ways that they actively work to achieve a sense of practical belonging in South Korean society. Before joining Harvard, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Korea University and SOAS University of London.

    Abstract:
    Over 33,000 North Koreans have arrived in South Korea since the Korean War in the 1950s, with the majority migrating since famine in the North in the mid-1990s. As a result of the specific geopolitical configuration of the Korean peninsula, South Koreans view North Koreans as compatriots but also as victims and enemies: contradictory perceptions that affect their daily lives as they attempt to integrate into South Korean society. My work as a whole looks in detail at a further contradiction, between their immediate official recognition as South Korean citizens and the more open-ended process of achieving a sense of practical belonging. Although North Koreans receive South Korean citizenship upon arrival, they often describe feeling inferior to South Koreans due to perceived discrimination and prejudice. Consequently, many speak of feeling a personal responsibility to prove themselves to be deserving and responsible and, in this talk, I outline some of the kinds of active work that they undertake in an attempt to gain the recognition of South Koreans around them.

    Chaired by Nicholas Harkness, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University
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    2020 Oct 29

    The Gwangju Uprising and its 40-year Global History: A Visual and Cultural Approach

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

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    Kim Koo Forum (Roundtable)


    Abstract:
    Forty years after the people’s uprising and state massacre took place in Gwangju during the spring month of May 1980, what is now widely known as “5.18” remains a contested history. Just these past years, we have seen new facts about the tragedy unearthed, new testimonies made on public record, and old fabrications and fallacies resurfacing in news feeds. In light of the increasing pertinence of people’s rise against social injustices across the globe today, this panel seeks to revisit the structure and semantics of platforms through which the newsreels, photographs, paintings, songs, and revolutionary affect of Gwangju have been documented and transmitted across geographic and temporal boundaries. This history of transmission, as much as the history of representation, is important particularly because the political potential of Gwangju lies not only in the actual event of coalition formation (“absolute community”) in the face of a state massacre, but also in the power of that historical fact as it traveled beyond the initial ten days in Gwangju. If the 20th-anniversary edited volume Contentious Kwangju reassessed the uprising in light of the institution of South Korean democracy in 1987 and the national politics of commemoration in the 1990s, this roundtable expands on the transnational and global aspects of 5.18 and its legacy. With the goal of situating 5.18 within the transnational history of revolution, the presentations highlight the interdisciplinary aspects of social movements and historicization of their potential impact on future revolutions.


    PRESENTATION 1
    Short-circuiting Seoul, Reaching Afar to Germany, Japan, and the US: The Photographs of Gwangju in 1980

    Sohl Lee, Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary East Asian Art, Department of Art, Stony Brook University

    While the access to the truth of the Gwangju Uprising was limited for most citizens of South Korea, those living in Germany, Japan, and the US could view photographic images and documentary footage from Gwangju almost immediately after the uprising and its resultant massacre. The extent of transnational pathway through which the images of Gwangju travelled is testament to the transnational nature of South Korean pro-democracy movement, a significant aspect too often overlooked. What does the examination of media platforms that carried the message of Gwangju reveal today about the sociocultural significance of the event in the global scale--and the subsequent struggles against dictatorship and for citizenry rights that unfolded in 1980s South Korea? How did the spaces of anti-authoritarian state pro-democracy movement emerge by bypassing the state apparatus? What was the role of overseas Korean populations? Each set of stakeholders outside the peninsula forged distinct relationships with the event and its aftermath, and this diversity compels a reconsideration of the global significance of 5.18.


    Sohl Lee specializes in modern and contemporary art and visual culture of East Asia, and her interdisciplinary research interests include aesthetics of politics, activist art, vernacular modernism, postcolonial theory, historiography, and curatorial practice. Her book manuscript tentatively titled “Reimagining Democracy: Minjung Art and the Cultural Movement in South Korea” has received a major publication subvention grant from the Korean Arts Management Service of the Ministry of Culture, South Korea. Her English publications have appeared in Art Journal, Yishu, Journal of Korean Studies, Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and InVisible Culture, and she has curated exhibitions in both the U.S. and South Korea.


    PRESENTATION 2
    “March for the Beloved” and the Making of a Counter-Republic in South Korea

    Susan Hwang, Assistant Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Indiana University Bloomington

    In 1982, a group of writers and musicians gathered in Gwangju to clandestinely perform “March for the Beloved” (Im ŭl wihan haengjin-gok), a song created to honor the “soul marriage” of two activists who had died in the Kwangju Uprising two years prior. Over the following decades, the song emerged as a central piece in South Korea’s repertoire of resistance, resurfacing in March 2017 during months of sustained popular demonstrations that led to the impeachment of Park Geun-hye. And beyond South Korea, the song would become a call to action in various other parts of Asia, including Hong Kong, China, Japan, Malaysia, and Thailand. This paper examines the role that the Gwangju Uprising played in the process of South Korea’s democratization, and argues that “March for the Beloved” was instrumental in transforming the victims of state violence into martyrs and the subalterns of an unlawful republic into political subjects of a morally righteous counter-republic. This paper analyzes the people-oriented cultural practices behind the birth of the song, as well as the performative elements in the making of the song into an anthem of the counter-state. In conclusion, the paper discusses the ongoing controversy over the song as an occasion to think about the reification of Gwangju and the perpetual struggle over its signification in South Korea’s contemporary moment.


    Susan Hwang is Assistant Professor of Contemporary Korean Literature and Cultural Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Indiana University. Her scholarship engages with the cultural practices of resistance in South Korea, as well as theories of translation and world literature. She is currently working on her book manuscript entitled “Uncaged Songs: Culture and Politics of Protest Music in South Korea." It is a cultural history of South Korea’s song movement that charts how songs became a powerful component of the struggle for democracy in South Korea during two of the nation’s darkest decades—the 1970s and the 1980s.


    PRESENTATION 3
    Smoke Signals: Framing the Gwangju Uprising in North Korea

    Douglas Gabriel, Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute of Korean Studies, George Washington University

    From May 18, 1980, news of the Gwangju Uprising dominated the North Korean media. Finally, it seemed, South Korean students had taken up Kim Il-sung’s call to “thoroughly defend the interests of the workers and peasants, go deeply among the masses of workers and peasants and fight in close unity with them.” In turn, North Korean cultural producers—including painters, illustrators, filmmakers and documentarians—began mythologizing the event through representational reconstructions. On the surface, these works asserted a correspondence between the actions of the protestors at Gwangju and the vision of reunification sponsored by the North Korean state. Images of South Korean youth activists functioned chiefly as a means of bolstering government policies by framing the southern half of the peninsula as an illegitimate puppet state of the United States. In the process, however, visual artists employed peculiar compositional framing devices aimed at keeping viewers at bay, often presenting the unruly figurative content of their works as dream images detached from the immediate circumstances of North Korean audiences who, it was implied, had no reason to revolt against their own government. Perhaps paradoxically, North Korean artists’ representations of the uprising had the effect of acknowledging and modeling ways of acting politically that exceeded the ideological lens through which they otherwise viewed the world.


    Douglas Gabriel is a 2020-21 Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at GW. Douglas received his Ph.D. in art history from Northwestern University in 2019. His current book project, Over the Mountain: Realism Towards Reunification in Cold War Korea, 1980–1994, examines connections between the visual art of the minjung democratization movement in South Korea and the work of state-sponsored artists in North Korea. Previously, he was the 2019-20 Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University. Douglas’s research on North and South Korean art and architecture has appeared in the Journal of Korean Studies and Hyŏndae misulsa yŏngu [The Korean Journal of Contemporary Art History]. His work has been supported by the Fulbright Program, the Harvard Korea Institute, and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association of Asian Studies. 

    Moderated by Paul Chang, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

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    2020 Oct 15

    What South Korea Teaches the World About Fighting COVID-19

    6:00pm to 7:00pm

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    SBS Seminar; co-sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, COVID in Asia Series, and the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute


    Doug J. Chung
    MBA Class of 1962 Associate Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

    Doug J. Chung is the MBA Class of 1962 Associate Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School. He teaches Sales Management & Strategy in the second year MBA Elective Curriculum and chairs the Executive Education program, Managing Sales Teams and Distribution Channels. He has previously taught in various Executive Education programs at the Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School.

    Professor Chung focuses his research primarily on sales strategy, sales force management and incentive compensation. He has worked with firms worldwide to develop effective employee incentive compensation systems and his work has been published in various academic journals.

    Professor Chung earned his Ph.D. in management at Yale University, where he also earned an M.A. and M.Phil. in management. He was the finalist for the 2014 John D. C. Little Award, the 2015 Frank M. Bass Award, and the 2020 Gary L. Lilien Practice Prize. He was selected as a 2017 MSI Young Scholar by the Marketing Science Institute. Professor Chung serves on the editorial board at major academic journals, including Marketing ScienceJournal of Marketing Research, and the International Journal of Research in Marketing. He currently serves as a Senior Advisor for McKinsey & Company’s sales and marketing practices. He completed his undergraduate studies at Korea University. Prior to pursuing a career in academics, Professor Chung served as a platoon commander in the South Korean Special Warfare Command.

    Abstract: 
    In a world devastated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Republic of Korea (South Korea) has been able to effectively combat the disease without ever imposing a full lockdown of its economy. How did the country accomplish its success?

    South Korea initially had the largest number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside of China, but new cases have decreased sharply since then. As of October 12, South Korea reported 24,703 cumulative cases and 433 deaths, which dwarfs those reported by other developed countries. Even taking into account the country’s population, South Korea’s number of cases per capita is substantially lower than those of other countries. The United States (with more than 8 million cumulative cases) has 24,386 cases per million citizens whereas South Korea has 478 cases per million.

    This talk will go through the details of how South Korea was able to control Covid-19 and what policy makers and business leaders can learn from it.

    Chaired by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University

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    Generously supported by the SBS Research Fund at the Korea Institute, Harvard University

    2020 Oct 15

    Through the Looking Glass: Chinese Open Source Assessments of North Korea’s Ballistic Missile Capabilities

    3:00pm to 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Online Event (Zoom)

    Korea Project Event

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    Foreign researchers have increasingly leveraged advanced open source intelligence technology and cooperated across countries to track North Korea’s developments over the last 25 years.  But one country has been left out – China.  Are there open source Chinese analyses of DPRK ballistic missiles, do they align with U.S. assessments, and is there anything for other researchers to gain from reading these analyses?  This report by Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga and Dr. Scott W. Harold examines Chinese assessments of North Korean ballistic missile capabilities between 1998 and 2017. 

    3:00 PM  Welcoming Remarks
    Speaker: Dr. John Park (Director, Korea Project, Harvard Belfer Center)

    3:05 PM  Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Dr. John Park (Director, Korea Project, Harvard Kennedy School)
    Discussant: Dr. Ariel Petrovics (Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Belfer Center)
    Speakers: Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga (Policy Analyst, RAND Corporation); Dr. Scott W. Harold (Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation)

    4:00 PM  Q&A

    For more information: Belfer Center

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    2020 Oct 14

    Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form: Samul Nori's Global Circulations

    7:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event (Zoom)

    Music Abroad Seminar Series; sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University and co-sponsored by the Korea Institute


    Katherine In-Young Lee
    Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music

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    Abstract:
    In this lecture, Katherine In-Young Lee discusses research from her recently published book, Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form (Wesleyan University Press 2018). Dynamic Korea explores how the percussion genre known as samul nori—created in 1978 in South Korea—came to be a global music genre. In many ways, samul nori can be viewed as one of South Korea’s first successful cultural exports, traveling well before the advent of K-pop. Based on both ethnographic research and close formal analysis, this lecture gives attention to the kinetic experience of samul nori, drawing out the concept of dynamism to show its historical, philosophical, and pedagogical dimensions. In tandem with this analysis she will highlight one of the case studies in her book—a Korean percussion ensemble based in the Twin Cities, Minnesota. This community ensemble has included Korean adoptees and their adoptive American families, recent Korean immigrants, Korean Americans, and non-Koreans since its founding in 2004.

    Katherine In-Young Lee is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Her research interests include East Asia, Korean music and culture, music and politics, sound studies, ethnography, historiography, transnational adoption, and global circulations of form. She studied at the University of Michigan (B.M./B.M.), the University of Washington (M.A.), and Harvard University (Ph.D.). Her book, Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form (Wesleyan University Press 2018), explores how a percussion genre from South Korea (samul nori) became a global music genre. More broadly, she contends that rhythm-based forms serve as a critical site for cross-cultural musical encounters. Dynamic Korea and Rhythmic Form was recently recognized with the 2019 Béla Bartók Award for Outstanding Ethnomusicology from the ASCAP Foundation (Deems Taylor/Virgil Thomson Awards). Lee’s research on the role of music at scenes of protest during South Korea’s democratization movement was awarded the Charles Seeger Prize by the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Martin Hatch Award by the Society for Asian Music. Previously, she taught as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Davis (2012-17).

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    2020 Oct 07

    3rd Annual Destination: World Event, Powered by PechaKucha

    2:15pm to 4:00pm

    Location: 

    Online Event (Livestream)

    Worldwide Week at Harvard 2020

    Join the LIVESTREAM at: https://worldwide.harvard.edu/24hh-24-hours-harvard

    We invite you to join us at 24 Hours of Harvard hosted by Harvard's Office of the Vice Provost for International Affairs. The Korea Institute is co-sponsoring along with several of Harvard’s international centers Destination: World, featuring presentations by Harvard College students on their activities abroad.

    From Hong Kong to Rwanda and around the globe, come learn how international experiences have shaped the lives of Harvard undergraduates. Eleven students share their inspirational stories about global engagement, intellectual exploration and personal discovery made possible through experiences abroad.

    2020 Oct 06

    The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election and Implications for North Korea Policy

    9:00am to 10:30am

    Location: 

    Online Event (Zoom)

    Jointly sponsored by the Korea Project and the ROK Consulate General in Boston


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    9:00 AM  Welcoming Remarks
    Speaker: Dr. John Park (Director, Korea Project, Harvard Belfer Center)

    Opening Remarks
    Speaker: Consul General Yonghyon Kim (ROK Consulate General in Boston)

    9:05 AM  Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Dr. John Park (Director, Korea Project, Harvard Kennedy School)
    Speakers: Dr. Patrick Cronin (Asia-Pacific Security Chair, Hudson Institute); Jessica Lee (Senior Research Fellow, Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft); Mark Tokola (Vice President, Korea Economic Institute); Jenny Town (Fellow and Deputy Director, 38 North, Stimson Center)

    10:00 AM  Q&A

    For more information: Belfer Center

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    2020 Oct 01

    Korean Families: Yesterday and Today

    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Location: 

    Online Event (Zoom)

    SBS Seminar (Roundtable Talk); co-sponsored by the James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania

    Hyunjoon Park
    Korea Foundation Professor of Sociology; Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania

    Hyeyoung Woo
    Professor of Sociology, Portland State University

    Eunsil Oh
    Assistant Professor of Sociology and Asian Languages and Culture, University of Wisconsin-Madison

    Moderated by Paul Chang, Associate Professor of Sociology, Harvard University

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    About the Book
    Korean families have changed significantly during the last few decades in their composition, structure, attitudes, and function. Delayed and forgone marriage, fertility decline, and rising divorce rates are just a few examples of changes that Korean families have experienced at a rapid pace, more dramatic than in many other contemporary societies. Moreover, the increase of marriages between Korean men and foreign women has further diversified Korean families. Yet traditional norms and attitudes toward gender and family continue to shape Korean men and women’s family behaviors.

    Korean Families Yesterday and Today portrays diverse aspects of the contemporary Korean families and, by explicitly or implicitly situating contemporary families within a comparative historical perspective, reveal how the past of Korean families evolved into their current shapes. While the study of families can be approached in many different angles, our lens focuses on families with children or young adults who are about to forge family through marriage and other means. This focus reflects that delayed marriage and declined fertility are two sweeping demographic trends in Korea, affecting family formation. Moreover, “intensive” parenting has characterized Korean young parents and therefore, examining change and persistence in parenting provides important clues for family change in Korea.

    This volume should be of interest not only to readers who are interested in Korea but also to those who want to understand broad family changes in East Asia in comparative perspective.


    Generously supported by the SBS Research Fund at the Korea Institute, Harvard University

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