[KS] Fwd: Upcoming Events at UC Berkeley Center for Korean Studies

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Fri Jan 24 18:25:44 EST 2014

*The Center for Korean Studies*

*University of California, Berkeley*

*Cordially invites you to the following colloquium*
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*Changing Dynamics in East Asia and Korean Politics*

Colloquium: Center for Korean Studies *| January 31 | 5 p.m. |* David
Brower Center <http://www.browercenter.org/>, Goldman Theater

Location: 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Speaker/Performer: *Sohn Hak-kyu*, Former Chairperson of the South Korean
Democratic Party

Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies (CKS) <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cks/>

Hak-kyu Sohn, former chairperson of the Democratic Party, was Governor of
Gyeonggi province in South Korea from 2002-2006. He graduated from Seoul
National University in 1973 with a degree in political science and in 1988
received his Ph.D. in political science from Oxford University.

He was an activist in the democratic movement beginning as a student and as
a university professor at Inha and Sogang universities. His political
career started in 1993 when he joined the National Assembly where he was
elected four times. In 1996 he became the youngest ever Minister of Public
Health and Welfare under then-President Kim Young-sam and has ran twice for
his party’s presidential nomination.

Event Contact: cks at berkeley.edu, 510-642-5674 -- Free and open to the
public.  *No RSVP needed.*


*AKB48 and Girls' Generation: The Differential Trajectories of the Culture
Industry Japan and South Korea*

Conference/Symposium: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian
Studies | *February 4 | 4 p.m.* | Institute of East Asian Studies

Location: 2223 Fulton St, 6th Floor, Berkeley, CA 94720-2318

Speaker: *John Lie*, Professor, Sociology, University of California,

Moderator: *Linda Neuhauser*, Clinical Professor, Public Health, University
of California, Berkeley

Sponsor: Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/>

The lecture will consider AKB48 and Girls' Generation - two leading idol
groups in Japan and South Korea, respectively - and what they suggest about
the contemporary cultural situation in the two Northeast Asian

Event Contact: ieas at berkeley.edu, 510-642-2809


*After the Deportation: New Research on the Soviet Korean Diaspora*

 Panel Discussion: Center for Korean Studies: Institute of East Asian
Studies | February 21 | 4 p.m. |  Institute of East Asian Studies (2223
Fulton, 6th Floor) <http://www.berkeley.edu/map/googlemap/?b2223>

Speakers: *German Kim* <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Kim>, Director,
International Center for Korean Studies, Kazakhstan National al-Farabi
University <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Kim>; *Valeriy Khan*, Vice
Director, Institute of History, National Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan

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

Sponsor: Center for Korean Studies (CKS) <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cks/>

As is now widely known, in 1937 Josef Stalin deported close to 200,000
ethnic Koreans from the Russian Far East to Central Asia. The main goal of
this panel will be to discuss Soviet Korean history beyond the 1937
deportation and, indeed, beyond the Soviet Union. To this end, two of the
world’s leading experts on the former Soviet Union’s Korean minority will
compare the divergent trajectories of the Koreans of Kazakhstan and
Uzbekistan since the 1991 collapse. In both places perestroika and the
Soviet collapse opened new routes for reclaiming Korean identity, as well
as new contacts with both North and South Korea. Since then, however, the
Central Asian republics have embarked on radically different
nation-building projects, which in turn have led to different minority
policies and different racialization processes. In both republics, the
question facing the Korean minority is adaptation or emigration; and, if
emigration, to foreign countries or to South Korea? In short, the panel
will reveal the diversity of this branch of the Korean diaspora, thereby
highlighting the contingency of what it means to be Korean and, more
broadly, an ethnic minority today.


*Divergent Processes Among CIS Koreans After the Soviet CollapseGerman Kim,
Kazakhstan National al-Farabi University*

This paper focuses on the former Soviet Union’s different political and
socioeconomic trajectories, and the different effects this has had on CIS
Koreans. Arguing that the Soviet collapse has opened a new stage in the
history of CIS Koreans, the paper traces the divergent processes that have
appeared within the once uniform environment of “Soviet Koreans” or “Koryo
Saram”. These processes have revealed themselves in several spheres,
including demographics, social structures, and identity-formation.

*Post-Soviet Koreans: Revival and SurvivalValeriy Khan, Institute of
History, National Academy of Sciences, Uzbekistan*

After the collapse of the USSR, the concepts “revival” and “survival”
express the most important challenges for post-Soviet Koreans. This paper
focuses on the meanings of these concepts, their interpretations and
specificities as applied to Koryo Saram. In this connection, the paper
considers various factors that influence models of behavior and
life-strategies for Koreans across the CIS, including strategies for
“revival” and “survival”. The paper also provides multiple perspectives on
the different possible future trajectories for CIS Koreans.

Moderator: Steven Lee, UC Berkeley

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

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

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