[KS] Monday, December 2 at UC Berkeley: Overcoming the Asia Paradox: Key Issues Hindering Further Integration in East Asia and Korea's Role

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*The Center for Korean Studies*

*University of California, Berkeley*

*Cordially invites you to the following symposium*

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*Overcoming the Asia Paradox: Key Issues Hindering Further Integration in
East Asia and Korea's Role*

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian
Studies | *December 2 | 4 p.m.* |  Institute of East Asian Studies (2223
Fulton, 6th Floor) <http://www.berkeley.edu/map/googlemap/?b2223>

 Speakers: *Daniel Sneider*<http://fsi.stanford.edu/people/Daniel_C_Sneider>,
Associate Director for Research, APRC, Stanford
; *Tai Ming Cheung*<http://irps.ucsd.edu/faculty/faculty-directory/tai-ming-cheung.htm>,
Director, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation, UC San
*Kathleen Stephens* <http://fsi.stanford.edu/people/kathleen_stephens/>, Koret
Fellow and Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, Stanford
University <http://fsi.stanford.edu/people/kathleen_stephens/>

Moderator: *T.J. Pempel*<http://polisci.berkeley.edu/people/person/tj-pempel>,
Jack M. Forcey Professor of Political Science, UC

Sponsors: Center <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cks/> for Korean Studies, UC
Berkeley; Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in San Francisco,
Institute of East Asian Studies

 *Daniel Sneider* (Associate Director for Research, APRC, Stanford
Topic: "Korea-Japan Relations Under Stress"

Relations between South Korea and Japan are increasingly tense, causing
growing concern in the U.S. that the dysfunctional nature of their
relationship might undermine American security interests and stability in
the region. At the center of these tensions remain the unresolved issues of
wartime history and the impact of nationalism on public opinion and
official relations. Is there a path way toward reconciliation that can
overcome the "Asian Paradox?"

*Tai Ming Cheung* (Director, Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation,
UC San Diego)
Topic: "China and the Dynamics of Arms Races in East Asia in the 21st

Is an arms race in the making or already underway in East Asia that pits
China against the United States and other Asian states? If the intensifying
armament drives that are taking place across the region, especially by big
powers such as China, India, and Japan, are being driven by action-reaction
dynamics, what are the implications for regional security, including for
the Korean Peninsula? This presentation examines the nature and drivers of
China's military modernization to assess whether this constitutes an arms
race or not.

*Kathleen Stephens* (Koret Fellow, Stanford University and Former U.S.
Ambassador to the Republic of Korea)
Topic: "North Korea: Obstacle or Catalyst for Regional Integration?"

Continuing tensions on the divided Korean Peninsula dramatically underscore
the long-standing challenges to efforts at regional integration in
Northeast Asia. At the same time, initiatives such as the Six-Party Talks
have been seen as potentially strengthing regional cooperation through
addressing multilaterally one of the most persistent security and economic
problems in the region. The 2005 Joint Statement of Principles committed
the parties to working toward a new security mechanism in the region. What
are the prospects for such an approach? What would be the impact of
increased regional integration on the DPRK? How far can it go absent
progress on denuclearization and other goals on the Korean peninsula?

*Schedule of Events*
4:00-4:15 Opening - T.J. Pempel (UC Berkeley)

4:15-4:25 Congratulatory Remarks - Han Dong Man (Korean Consul General)

4:30 - 4:50 Speaker #1 - Daniel Sneider

4:50-5:10 Speaker #2 - Tai Ming Cheung

5:10-5:30 Speaker #3 - Kathleen Stephens

5:30-6:00 Panel Discussion/Q&A

 Event Contact: cks at berkeley.edu, 510-642-5674


*And other upcoming events... *

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*Pyongyang via Almaty: Post-Socialist Visions of North Korea*

Panel Discussion: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian
Studies | *December 6 | 4 p.m.* | 370 Dwinelle

 Panelist/Discussants: *Lisa Sangmi Min*, Ph.D. Student, Anthropology, UC
Berkeley; *Y. David
Professor of Art & Design, University of
; *Alexander Kan*, Writer

Moderator: *Steven Lee* <http://english.berkeley.edu/profiles/157>, Assistant
Professor of English, UC Berkeley <http://english.berkeley.edu/profiles/157>

Sponsors: Center for Korean Studies (CKS)
<http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cks/>, Institute
of Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies

 The goal of this panel is to reveal new perspectives on North Korea
through the artistic and literary work of three recent visitors to it. What
distinguishes these visitors is that each of them is an expert of the
former Soviet Union's Korean diaspora, or Koryo Saram, members of which
helped to establish North Korea in the 1940s and 50s. Thus, the panel will
look at contemporary North Korea through Koryo Saram eyes--Pyongyang via
Almaty, Kazakhstan. It will use the experiences of Soviet-led socialism and
its collapse to explore this little-known country beyond the limits of

*Lisa Sangmi Min* (UC Berkeley)
Topic: "Meet Vladimir Ilyich Lenin Shin"

194 kilometers marks the distance between Seoul and Pyongyang, equivalent
to a two-hour drive. If one considers the metaphysical distance, it is a
different story, for the two cities remain worlds apart, illegible to each
other in many ways. A sojourn in Kazakhstan, however, makes possible a
bridging of the Southern and Northern Korean worlds. This presentation will
be a phenomenological walk through several encounters with Kazakhstani
Koreans (also known as Koryo Saram), each revealing new paths for entering
North Korea.

*Y. David Chung* (University of Michigan)
Topic: "Pyongyang: Homeland of the Imaginary"

North Korea exists for most people as an imaginary place, created from
television clips and newspaper articles. Portrayed as a nation of
uncompromising dictatorship, a land of famine, and a people ruled by an
ideology whose hatred for the United States is matched in fervor only by
the adoration of their deified leaders, North Korea is a country that
remains an enigma to the world. Artist and filmmaker David Chung will
discuss how research on Koryo Saram, his 2007 documentary on the Koreans of
Kazakhstan, led him on a trip into North Korea, the birthplace region of
his parents. He will show clips from Koryo Saram as well as scenes of Seoul
and Pyongyang from a new video short.

*Alexander Kan* (Writer)
Topic: "Lasting Call: My Return to North Korea"

In September 2012, the Kazakhstani Korean author Alexander Kan returned to
Pyongyang, the place of his birth. As a result of geopolitical feuds, he
left the country with his Soviet Korean mother in the early 1960s, never to
see his North Korean father again. This talk details Kan's subsequent
development as an author, specifically his engagement of historical loss
through the lens of Russian and Western modernism. It then uses this lens
to examine contemporary North Korea--finding there potential sources of
redemption, and applying to the country lessons from the post-Soviet

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