Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs

2020 Mar 05

Millennial North Korea: Cell Phones, Forbidden Media, and Living Creatively under Surveillance

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

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

Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
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Suk-Young Kim
Professor of Theater and Performance Studies; Director of the Center for Performance Studies, UCLA

Suk-Young Kim's research interests cover a wide range of academic disciplines, such as East Asian Performance and Visual Culture, Gender and Nationalism, Korean Cultural Studies, Russian Literature and Slavic Folklore. Her publications have appeared in English, German, Korean, Polish and Russian while her research has been acknowledged by the International Federation for Theatre Research's New Scholar's Prize (2004), the American Society for Theater Research Fellowship (2006), the Library of Congress Kluge Fellowship (2006-7) and the Academy of Korean Studies Research Grant (2008, 2010, 2015-2020), among others. Her first book, Illusive Utopia:Theater, Film, and Everyday Performance in North Korea (University of Michigan Press, 2010), the winner of the 2013 James Palais Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies, explores how state-produced propaganda performances intersect with everyday life practice in North Korea. Her second book, DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border (Columbia University Press, 2014), focuses on various types of inter-Korean border crossers who traverse one of the most heavily guarded areas in the world to redefine Korean citizenship as based on emotional affiliations rather than constitutional delineations. In 2015, DMZ Crossing was recognized with the Association for Theater in Higher Education Outstanding Book Award. In collaboration with Kim Yong, she also co-authored Long Road Home (Columbia University Press, 2009), which investigates transnational human rights and the efficacy of oral history through the testimony of a North Korean labor camp survivor.

Sponsored by the 2014-15 ACLS/SSRC/NEH International and Area Studies Fellowship, she recently published K-pop Live: Fans, Idols, and Multimedia Performance (Stanford University Press, 2018). This project traces the rapid rise of Korean popular music (K-pop) in relation to the equally meteoric rise of digital consumerism — a phenomenon mostly championed by the widespread development of high-speed Internet and the distribution of mobile gadgets — and situates their tenacious partnership in the historical context of Korea from the early 1990s to the present day. She is currently working on several book-length projects: Media and Technology in North Korea, Korean Language Theater in Kazakhstan and Russian Theatrical Costumes and the Vestige of Empire.

Kim served on the editorial board of the Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia and is currently at work as a senior editor for the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Literature. She also sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Korean Studies and serves on the advisory committee for the Hong Kong University Book Series Crossings: Asian Cinema and Media Culture.

Kim previously taught at Dartmouth College and UC Santa Barbara. She received her Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Theatre and Drama with a Certificate in Gender Studies from Northwestern University in 2005 and her Ph.D. in Slavic Languages and Literature from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001.

Chaired by Alexander Zahlten, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

Abstract
North Korea might be known as the world’s most secluded society, but it has witnessed the rapid rise of media technologies in the new millennium. While the North Korean state is anxiously trying to catch up with the world standard of communication technology, it is also faced with the need to block free influx of outside information by allowing only intranet to its people. In a country where smuggling foreign media still can be punished by public execution, how do North Koreans manage to access outside information? This project explores how the expansion of new media technology complicates the country’s seemingly monolithic facade mired in entangled networks of technology and surveillance, intellectual property and copyrights, and the way for millennials to live creatively with censorship.

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2019 Nov 07

The U.S. and Korea: An Unfinished Story

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
15th Tsai Lecture; Sponsored by the Tsai Lecture Fund at the Harvard University Asia Center; co-sponsored by the Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs at the Korea Institute, Harvard University

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The Honorable Kathleen Stephens, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (2008-2011); President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America

Introduced by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University and James Robson, James C. Kralik and Yunli Lou Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Victor and William Fung Director, Harvard University Asia Center
2019 Oct 29

The Perils of Populist Nationalism: Japan and Korea in a New Era

4:15pm to 5:45pm

Location: 

Tsai Auditorium (S010), CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Special Panel Discussion; jointly sponsored by the Harvard University Asia Center, the Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs at the Korea Institute, the Program on U.S. Japan Relations, and the Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
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Andrew Gordon, Lee and Juliet Folger Fund Professor of History, Harvard University
Carter Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History, Harvard University
Gi-Wook Shin, William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea, Stanford University

Gi-Wook Shin is the William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea in sociology and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies at Stanford University. He established Stanford’s Korea Program in 2001, and has been directing the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford since 2005. His research concentrates on social movements, nationalism, development, and international relations, with focus on Korea and broader Asia. Shin is the author/editor of over twenty books and numerous articles, including Divergent Memories: Opinion Leaders and the Asia-Pacific War, One Alliance, Two Lenses: U.S.-Korea Relations in a New Era, Cross Currents: Regionalism and Nationalism in Northeast Asia, and Ethnic Nationalism in Korea. Shin’s current research initiatives include Global Talent Flows and Rise of Populism and Nationalism. Before coming to Stanford, Shin taught at the University of Iowa and the University of California, Los Angeles. He holds BA from Yonsei University in Korea and MA and PhD from the University of Washington.

Moderated by Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics; Director of the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations of the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

Abstract
The rise of populist nationalism is a global trend in the 21st century, from the United States and European countries to South American and Asian states. Japan and South Korea, where nationalism is deeply ingrained within and throughout the society, have become more vulnerable to the ferocious spread of populism, which could harm their democratic institutions and strain foreign relations. In his talk, Professor Gi-Wook Shin will explain the historical context and political nature of the widespread populist nationalism in South Korea and how it has strained its relations with Japan and could potentially put its young democracy at jeopardy. He will also explore how to cultivate rational liberalism in the face of rising nationalism, populism, and extremism, so as to promote reconciliatory relations between Japan and South Korea. Two historian-panelists, Carter Eckert and Andrew Gordon, will then engage in a critical conversation with the speaker to further discuss the perils of populist nationalism.

2019 Oct 31

The Korean War through the Prism of the Interrogation Room

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
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Monica Kim
Assistant Professor of History, New York University

Monica Kim is Assistant Professor in U.S. and the World History in the Department of History at New York University. Her book, The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History (Princeton University Press, 2019), is a trans-Pacific history of decolonization told through the experiences of two generations of people creating and navigating military interrogation rooms of the Korean War. She has published work in journals such as Critical Asian Studiesand positions: asia critiqueconcerning U.S. empire, war-making, and decolonization. She is also a member of the Editorial Collective for Radical History Review. Her research and writing have been supported by fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study, the Wolf Humanities Center at University of Pennsylvania, and the Korea Foundation.

Chaired by Nicholas Harkness, Professor of Anthropology, Harvard University

Abstract
Through the interrogation rooms of the Korean War, this talk demonstrates how the individual human subject became both the terrain and the jus ad bellum for this critical U.S. war of ‘intervention’ in postcolonial Korea. In 1952, with the US introduction of voluntary POW repatriation proposal at Panmunjom, the interrogation room and the POW became a flashpoint for an international controversy ultimately about postcolonial sovereignty and political recognition.  

The ambitions of empire, revolution and non-alignment converged upon this intimate encounter of military warfare: the interrogator and the interrogated prisoner of war. Which state could supposedly reinvent the most intimate power relation between the colonizer and the colonized, to transform the relationship between the state and subject into one of liberation, democracy or freedom? Tracing two generations of people across the Pacific as they navigated multiple kinds of interrogation from the 1940s and 1950s, this talk lay outs a landscape of interrogation – a dense network of violence, bureaucracy, and migration – that breaks apart the usual temporal bounds of the Korean War as a discrete event.

The Korea Institute acknowledges the generous support of the Kim Koo Foundation.

2019 Oct 17

The Circulation of Japanese Texts in Colonial Korea and Their Impact on Vernacular Publishing

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

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

Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs; co-sponsored by The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies
10.17 KKF Poster

Michael Kim
Professor of Korean History, Yonsei University

Professor Kim received an A.B. in History with honors and...

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2019 Feb 14

Baby Miles: Reproductive Rights, Labor, and Ethics in the Transnational Korean Reproductive Technology Industry

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

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

Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
2.14 KKF Poster

Sunhye Kim
Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow, Korea Institute, Harvard University

Sunhye Kim earned her Ph.D. in Women’s Studies at...

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2019 Feb 07

State-firm Coordination and Upgrading: Reaching the Efficiency Frontier in Spain and South Korea’s Skill-, Capital-, and Knowledge Intensive Industries

4:30pm to 6:30pm

Location: 

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

Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
2.7 KKF Poster

Angela Garcia Calvo
Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Marie Curie fellow at the Department of Management, London School of Economics and Political Sciences

Dr. Angela...

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2018 Oct 09

Political Origins of Cybersecurity Capacity: Lessons from Japan and East Asia

12:30pm to 2:00pm

Location: 

Bowie-Vernon Room (K262), CGIS Knafel Building, 1737 Cambridge Street

Weatherhead Center Program on U.S.-Japan Relations Presentation; co-sponsored by the Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs at the Harvard Korea Institute

Ben Bartlett
Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

Dr. Bartlett holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Earlham College, an M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. He is a recipient of fellowships and grants from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), Waseda University, and the Center for Japanese Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. His working papers have addressed measurement of power and capabilities in cyberspace; Japan’s industrial policy and cybersecurity; and territorial conflict and disputes. During the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. Bartlett will conduct research on Japan's cyber security promotion efforts in Southeast Asia.

Chaired by Susan Pharr, Edwin O. Reischauer Professor of Japanese Politics, and Director, WCFIA Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Harvard University

The Korea Institute acknowledges the generous support of the Kim Koo Foundation.

2018 Sep 25

The End of Concern: Maoist China, Activism, and Asian Studies

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Panel Discussion Organized by Professor Arunabh Ghosh; co-sponsored with Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs at the Harvard Korea Institute, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University Asia Center, Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies, and Mittal South Asia Institute
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2018 Oct 04

The Korean Peninsula in Flux: South Korea’s ‘Candlelight Revolution’ and Its Impact

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
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Paik Nak-chung
Professor Emeritus of English, Seoul National University

Paik Nak-chung, literary critic, editor, and Professor Emeritus of English at Seoul National University, has authored...

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2018 Apr 04

“Korea and the U.S. Alliance System: Past and the Future”

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Belfer Case Study Room (S020), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs; Co-sponsored by the Korea Working Group at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Harvard Asia Center
Victor Cha 4/4 Event
Victor Cha
Senior Advisor and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies; D.S. Song-KF Professor of... Read more about “Korea and the U.S. Alliance System: Past and the Future”
2018 Apr 05

“Korea and a Japan Divided”

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs; Co-sponsored by Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and Program on U.S.-Japan Relations, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs
4/5 KKF Poster

Alexis Dudden
Professor of History, University of...

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2018 Feb 22

Mars and Manna: Defense Industry and the Economic Transformation of Korea under Park Chung Hee

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

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

Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
KKF February 22 Poster
Peter Banseok Kwon
Soon Young Kim Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Korea Institute; Adjunct Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Peter Banseok Kwon is...

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2018 Feb 01

From Refugees to Citizens? Migration & Resettlement of North Korean Defectors Beyond the Korean Peninsula

4:30pm to 6:00pm

Location: 

Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street
Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs
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Sheena Chestnut Greitens
Academy Scholars, Harvard Academy for International & Area Studies; Assistant Professor, University of Missouri

Sheena Chestnut Greitens is an Assistant Professor... Read more about From Refugees to Citizens? Migration & Resettlement of North Korean Defectors Beyond the Korean Peninsula

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