21st-Century Korean/American Formations: Media, Diaspora, Environment

Department: Center for Critical Korean Studies

Date and Time: November 12, 2021 | 10:00 AM-6:00 PM

Event Location: Hybrid Symposium: Beckman Center & Zoom Webinar

Event Details

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21st Century Korean/American Formations
Media, Diaspora, Environment

Friday, November 12, 2021

Hybrid Symposium (in-person and online)
In-Person: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Wy, Irvine, CA 92617 (free parking)
Webinar Register: bit.ly/CCKS2021

The alliance between the United States and South Korea in the second half of the 20th century was mutually beneficial, with Korea achieving rapid development as a key client state that supported U.S. trade and security ambitions in the Asia Pacific region. Although many of the features of the postwar alliance remain in place, the 21st century has brought a good deal of changing pressures and shifting priorities. Whereas once it was possible to participate in a US-centered world system that insured relative political and economic security, we now are living through a more uncertain period of transition in which older arrangements are coming under scrutiny. The purpose of this one-day symposium is to think about the impact of this shifting terrain on social and cultural matters, and to anticipate new challenges and possibilities as we move forward in a world that seems to present new formations, which demand from us new ways of living, thinking, and feeling. Bringing together leading thinkers on a range of topics, our focus for this event is on three discrete areas in which change has occurred rapidly—media, diaspora, environment—in order to make sense of these new formation.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM

Joseph Jonghyun Jeon
Director CCKS

Kyung Jae Park
Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles
10:15 AM – 12:15 AM

Part 1: 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

Sowon Park (UC Santa Barbara)
From Hyangga to K-Pop: What US diversity politics can learn from Korean multi-script culture

Hye Jin Lee (University of Southern California)
The growing popularity of K-pop and the splintering of the K-pop fandom

Moderator: Zachary Gottesman (UC Irvine)

Part 2: 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

A conversation with Angela Killoren, (CEO, CJ ENM America)

Moderator/Session Organizer: Joseph Jonghyun Jeon (UC Irvine)

12:15 PM - 01:30 PM

01:30 PM - 03:00 PM

Kim Park Nelson (Winona State University)
Korean Adoptee Diaspora, Experience and Cultures: Adoptee Centered Documentaries Side by Side (2018) and Geographies of Kinship (2019)

Yuri Doolan (Brandeis University)
Mixed Race Koreans and Their Search for Origins

Crystal Mun-Hye Baik (UC Riverside)
Korean American Activisms: A Feminist Oral History Project

Moderator: Juwon Lee (UC Irvine)

Session Organizer: Eleana Kim (UC Irvine)

03:15 PM - 04:45 PM

Scott Knowles (KAIST)
Vaccines and Warheads in the Anthropocene

Yeonsil Kang (KAIST)
The Anthropocenic Relics in the Korean Peninsula

Respondent: Kim Fortun, (UC Irvine)

Moderator: Tim Schütz (UC Irvine)

Session Organizer: David Fedman (UC Irvine)

04:45 PM - 06:00 PM