Return to the Orient: Japan’s Wartime Pan-Asianism and Aesthetic Production of “Korea” in Yi Hyo-sŏk’s Late Colonial Writings


Thursday, April 17, 2014, 4:30pm to 6:00pm


Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, MA 02138

Korea Colloquium

Mi-Ryong Shim 
Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, Korea Institute, Harvard University

Mi-Ryong Shim is the 2013-2014 Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Korea Institute. She received her B.A. in East Asian Studies and her Ph.D. in Korean Literature from Columbia University. She is currently working on her book manuscript, which examines how Korean intellectuals attempted to localize Japanese imperialist discourse of a new East Asian regionalism during the Asia-Pacific War, a period of rapid transformation for Korean society. Using texts of literature, cultural criticism, and philosophy from the colonial period, the manuscript is based on research the author conducted in Seoul and Tokyo during a two-year stay as a visiting researcher at Yonsei University and Waseda University. In the spring, Mi-Ryong will be teaching an interdisciplinary course titled "In Her Shadow: ‘Woman’ in Modern Korean History, Literature, and Film" as part of Harvard’s East Asian Languages and Civilizations Department.

Discussant: Karen Thornber, Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Co-sponsored by the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies

The Korea Colloquium is generously supported by the Min Young-Chul Memorial Fund at the Korea Institute.