[KS] Next week: Cho Chongnae November 18 at UC Berkeley

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KOREAN LITERATURE ON THE GLOBAL STAGE <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/chongnae>
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*Friday, November 18, 2:00-7:30pm*
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA

Join us for a symposium on Korean literature with Cho Chongnae, one of
Korea’s most important living writers best known for his epic historical
novels. Come meet the author and get your copy of the English-translated
work *The Human Jungle* signed.

Free and open to the public  •  No RSVP required
*For more: ieas.berkeley.edu/chongnae <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/chongnae>*



[image: Cho Chongnae]

Image above courtesy of Kyuyeol Lee / Hainaim
About Cho Chongnae:

Cho Chongnae is one of Korea’s most important living writers. Born in 1943
to a nationalist father who actively opposed Japan’s colonial rule of Korea
(1910-1945), Cho has dedicated his writing life to illuminating modern
Korea’s conflicted history. He debuted with the story “Calumny” (Numyŏng)
in *Hyŏndae munhak* magazine in 1970. In 1981 he received the
twenty-seventh Modern Literature Award in 1981 for “Land of Exile” (Yuhyŏng
ŭi ttang) and has since been honored with numerous other literary prizes
and awards.

As a writer, Cho expresses a belief in the value and dignity of human life
and strives to relate the life of the individual to the flow of history. He
is particularly concerned with the twin impacts of war and division on the
Korean spirit and with the connection between such events and Korea’s
social history. Cho’s people are frequently the unfortunate victims of
Korea’s history, both ancient and recent.

The ten-volume, 1.25- million-word roman fleuve, *The T’aebaek Mountains*
(T’aebaek sanmaek), was followed by two other historical epics, the
12-volume *Arirang* and the 10-volume *The Han River*. *Arirang* is set
during the colonial period (1910-1945) and *The Han River,* utilizing the
post-Liberation period and the Korean War as points of departure, covers
contemporary Korean history. Together these three works constitute a
panorama of twentieth-century Korean history. Some 16 million copies of
these novels have been sold—a record in Korean publishing.



Available for signing:

[image: The Human Jungle]

Equal parts muckraking novel, transnational love story, and socially
engaged panorama, *The Human Jungle* portrays China on the verge of
becoming the world’s dominant economic force. Against a backdrop of rapidly
morphing urban landscapes, readers meet migrant workers, Korean
manufacturers out to save a few bucks, high-flying venture capitalists,
street thugs, and shakedown artists. The picture of China that emerges is
at turns unsettling, awe-inspiring, and heart-breaking. Cho Chongnae deftly
portrays a giant awakening to its own raw, volatile, and often
uncontrollable power. Translators Bruce Fulton and Ju-Chan Fulton have
condensed three of Cho’s Korean novels, each of which sold more than one
million copies in South Korea, into this single English-language edition.



*2:00-2:20 Opening Remarks*
*Clare You, UC Berkeley*

“Cho Chŏngnae in the New Millennium: How in Heaven’s Name and The Human
* Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia*

“The Makers of Modern Korea: Ordinary People"
* Bruce Cumings, University of Chicago*

“The T’aebaek Mountains (T’aebaek Sanmaek) and Social Memory of the Korean
* Namhee Lee, UCLA*

*4:20-4:50 Coffee Break*

*4:50-6:30 A Dialogue with Cho Chongnae*

*Cho Chongnae, Writer Bruce Fulton, University of British Columbia
Interpretation: Yu Jung Kim, Middlebury Institute of International Studies*
*Closing: Youngmin Kwon, UC Berkeley*

*6:30-7:30  Reception and Book Signing*

For detailed program of events: ieas.berkeley.edu/chongnae
Learn More <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/chongnae>


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