Korean Cinematheque: Male Affections: Re-Gendering Korean Masculinity
Introduction by Dima David Mironenko-Hubbs, Ph.D. Candidate in East Asian Languages & Civilizations, Harvard University
Discussant: Ju Yon Kim, Assistant Professor of English, Harvard University
This series seeks to examine how society defines Korean masculinity and how contemporary Korean men struggle to break free of social norms and expectations. Five select films problematize the notion of contemporary Korean masculinity in the wake of South Korea’s democratization in the 1990s through artistic visions of individual directors of the New Korean Cinema. The program makes an attempt to elicit a more complex understanding of male subjectivity and identity as a result of multiple negotiations within rapidly changing Korean culture and society.