[KS] RAS-KB lectures in January

Brother Anthony ansonjae at sogang.ac.kr
Mon Dec 31 11:19:14 EST 2007

January 15th, 2008                                                                                RAS Lecture Meeting
Tuesday/화요일                                                                                       Dr. Lew, Young-Ick
7:30 p.m                                                                                 2nd floor, Residents Lounge 
                                                                                    Somerset Palace, Seoul

             Early Korean Encounters with the United States and Japan

RAS-KB proudly presents a new publication, Early Korean Encounters with the United States and Japan, written by Dr. Lew, Young-Ick. The book consists of six essays on late 19th century Korean history. All of them were originally prepared and presented as conference papers or keynote speeches at major conferences held in Korea and the US. They deal with Korea’s relations with the US and Japan mainly between 1882, when the Jeoson Kingdom signed its first modern treaty with the United States, and 1905 when the same kingdom called the Daehan (Great Han) Empire from 1987, degenerated into a protectorate of Japan.

On this RAS lecture night, Dr. Lew will give us a general introduction of the topics discussed in his new book. Participants of the lecture are given the chance to purchase the autographed copy in special discount price, 24,000 KW.

Dr. Lew, Young-Ick is the Chair Professor of Korean Studies at the Graduate School of International Studies, Yonsei University and a member of the governing council of the Royal Asiatic Society, Korea Branch. He graduated from Seoul National University with a B.A. in political science and received a Ph.D. in History and East Asian Languages from Havard University in 1972. He has served as a president of the Korean Historical Association (1991-1992) and as the founding director of the Institute for Modern Korean Studies, Yonsei University (1997-2001). He has written a number of books and articles on late nineteenth- and early twentieth century Korean history, notably ones on Dr. Syungman Rhee, the first president of the Republic of Korea.

January 22nd, 2008                                                                              RAS Lecture Meeting
Tuesday/화요일                                                                                             Dr. Lee, Yomee
7:30 p.m                                                                                2nd floor, Residents lounge  
                                                                                     Somerset Palace, Seoul

           Heins Ward ?His impact on Racial Attitude among Koreans

     Recently, Hines Ward became an instant celebrity in Korea. Hines Ward, a professional football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and who is part Korean and part Black, gained international recognition when he was named MVP for Super Bowl XL in February 2005.  Hines’ high visibility and popularity immediately attracted the Korean media. The media highlighted Hines’ tie to a Korean background by describing him as “Korean-descent” and also by emphasizing his relationship with his mother who is Korean. Hines Ward was invited to Korea shortly after the Super Bowl game, and he was treated as a hero. Upon arriving in Korea, he was greeted by a hundred journalists and three hundred security guards. The so-called “Hines Ward Syndrome” had begun. He received an honorary Korean citizenship by the mayor and made numerous appearances in the Korean media. In short, Hines Ward became one of the most popular celebrities in Korea. The “Hines Ward Syndrome” is worthy of scholarly attention.  Sport Studies scholars argue that sporting celebrities offer us a cultural site where complex meanings and ideologies are being produced, reproduced, and reaffirmed along the diverse social dimensions of gender, race, class, and age. Yet, very little has been written on sporting celebrities (Andrews & Jackson, 2001).  
This study examines the impact of Hines Ward on the racial attitude among Koreans.  

     Yomee Lee is associate professor at the State University of New York, Cortland. She is with the Kinesiology Department specializing in Sport Studies.  Currently, she is lecturing at Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea as a Fulbright Scholar.  She teaches sport sociology-related courses including sports in society, women and sports, social problems and issues in sport and physical activities.  Dr. Lee’s area of interest includes race and gender issues in sports. 
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