[KS] Bio and Abstract Included, 92nd Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum (Hyuk-Rae Kim, Yonsei University)

Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum kimhall at yonsei.ac.kr
Wed May 27 09:23:05 EDT 2009

This is just a reminder that the 92nd Yonsei-KF Korean Studies Forum
will be held on June 2 at Yonsei University. Please find below a copy
of the presenter's bio and abstract. Refreshments will be provided.
Please refer to the details below.

Title: "On Kang Kyong-ae and Her Act of Writing"
Speaker: Miryong Shim, Korea Foundation Research Fellow, PhD
Candidate, Columbia University
Date: Tuesday, June 2
Time: 6 pm
Location: Room 702, New Millennium Hall, Yonsei University campus
No RSVP required. For directions, please refer to

BIO    Mi-Ryong Shim is a PhD candidate for Modern Korean Literature
at Columbia University and currently researching representations of
Manchuria in late colonial period literature.

ABSTRACT    That the novelist Kang Kyŏng-ae (1906~1943) wrote as a
proletariat writer, a woman writer, and a writer of diaspora allows
her a unique position within Korean literature of the 1930’s.  I focus
on her writings about the Korean diaspora in Kando, arguing that they
provide an alternative picture to many of the dominant narratives
about Manchuria circulating in the 1920’s and 30’s.  First, in
contrast to narratives that highlight the ethnic identity of the
diaspora over all other considerations, Kang’s works discuss the
violence occurring along ethnic lines without falling back upon
essentialized notion of nationalism.   Secondly, going against the
idea that establishment of Manchukuo brought regional stability, Kang
demonstrates that communal relationships were dissolving as the result
of political changes in post-1932 Manchuria.  Lastly, works produced
in Kang’s latter years differ from her earlier works, by taking a turn
toward interiority and moving away from narratives of organized

Questions? Contact Kimberely Hall at kimhall at yonsei.ac.kr or 010-4800-4895

We hope to see you on the 2nd of June.


Hyuk-Rae Kim
hyukrae at yonsei.ac.kr
Professor of Korean Studies
Graduate School of International Studies
Yonsei University

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