[KS] "Koreans and Camptowns" Symposium: Saturday, September 26th, 2015

Cksassist Departmental cksassist at berkeley.edu
Wed Sep 2 18:03:27 EDT 2015

*​​​The Center for Korean Studies *
*University of California, Berkeley*
*cordially invites you to*

*Koreans & Camptowns: *
*Mixed Race Adoptees and Camptown Connections*

Saturday, September 26th | 9 AM - 5 PM | David Brower Center (2150 Allston
Way, Berkeley, CA 94704)​

*Free and open to the Public, but registration **required. Please REGISTER
<http://www.meandkorea.org/2015-conference.html> soon as spaces are filling
up quickly.*

The Center for Korean Studies is co-hosting a conference with advocacy
group Me & Korea about the camptowns that developed alongside American
military bases in Korea during and after the Korean War. The conference
aims to spotlight the intersection of American military presence and Korean
society, focusing on exploring the lives of people who lived in the
camptowns and the historical context surrounding the overseas adoption of
thousands of mixed-race children.

The event will include academic presentations, a short film, an activist
panelist talk, a photo exhibit, and a live musical performance.

Panelists will include:

Ms. Cho is the author of Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy and
the Forgotten War, which won a 2010 book award from the American
Sociological Association. She was born in Busan, Korea to a Korean mother
and American father and immigrated to the U.S. as a young child with her
birth parents. Her work explores the psychic impact of U.S. militarism on
the Korean diaspora.

Ms. Gage is an Associate Professor in Anthropology at Ithaca College. Her
specialization is on the lives, histories and experiences of “mixed”
Koreans known as Korean “Amerasians” in South Korea and in the United
States. As a long-term and insider ethnographer, her work is
cross-disciplinary, exploring holistically how Korean Amerasians as local,
national and global citizens identify themselves and strategically use
their identities to maneuver within Korean society, the United States, and
the globalizing world.

Ms. Kim is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of
California, Irvine. Her book, Adopted Territory: Transnational Korean
Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging (Duke University Press, 2010), an
ethnographic study of a global network of adult adopted Koreans and their
returns to South Korea, received the James B. Palais Prize from the
Association of Asian Studies and the Social Science Book Award from the
Association of Asian American Studies.

Ms. Liem is an award-winning Korean adoptee documentary filmmaker, who grew
up in the U.S. and is currently finishing work on a documentary called
Geographies of Kinship about first-wave Korean adoptees.

Mr. Lee is an activist and photographer who grew up in Paju, Korea. Through
video and still photographs, he has documented much about the people who
worked in the camptowns along the DMZ. He actively promotes the rights of
women who formerly worked in the sex industry in the camptowns and has been
instrumental in Paju city's plans to have a memorial park (어머니의 품) at a
former US military base, Camp Howze. He is leading this movement to
commemorate the halmonies and mixed race children of the the camptowns. He
will talk about the history, background and social impact of camptowns in

Mr. Joo is a renowned photographer who will exhibit his photographs that
focus on the lives of Amerasian orphans in Korean orphanages in the 1960s.
His work captures the struggles of everyday life in post war Korea,
creating a photo journal of the era.

Mr. Seo was the director of the St. Vincent Home for Amerasians and Holy
Family in Incheon. Since the 1960's, he was involved in sending more than
1,000 Amerasian children for adoption. Since his retirement in 1997, he has
been helping mixed race adoptees find their birth families.

This event is also supported by the Asia Society Northern California.
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