[KS] Upcoming Event (5 Nov): The Future of #MeToo in Asia: A Conversation with Youngmi Choi

Ryan Gustafsson ryan.s.gustafsson at gmail.com
Tue Oct 27 21:57:48 EDT 2020

Dear all,

Please join us next Thursday for a *Korean Studies* *Distinguished Speaker*
*Series* seminar with acclaimed poet, Youngmi Choi. This online event is
hosted by the Asia Institute, University of Melbourne. The seminar is free
but registration is required. Please see details below.

*The Future of #MeToo in Asia: A Conversation with Youngmi Choi*
*Korean Studies Distinguished Speaker Series*
*Thursday 5 November 2020*
*6PM-7PM (AEST)//4PM-5PM (KST)*

In this *Korean Studies Distinguished Speaker Series *seminar at the Asia
Institute, Ms Youngmi Choi, a prominent feminist poet and leading figure in
Korean literature, will speak about her work and fight against sexism in
South Korea.

Choi's first collection of poems, *At Thirty, the Party was Over*, was
published in 1994 and became an instant bestseller in Korea. Her
experiences as a student activist protesting the military dictatorship in
the 1980s informs her work, which sheds light on contemporary South Korean
politics and society.

Join Dr. Jay Song, Senior Lecturer and Convenor of Korean Studies at the
Asia Institute, for this important conversation with Youngmi Choi. They
will discuss Choi's poetry, revelations of sexual harassment, and what it
means for the #MeToo movement in Korea and Asia more broadly.

This is a free event but *registration is required*. Upon registration, you
will receive a Zoom link. Please register here:

*About the Speaker*:
Youngmi Choi is a poet and novelist from Seoul, Korea. Her poem, *Monster *(
괴물)*,* ignited the #MeToo movement in Korea in 2018. Born in Seoul in 1961,
Youngmi received a B.A. in Western History from Seoul National University
and an M.A. in Art History from Hong-ik University. Faced with the military
dictatorship of the 1980's, she joined student protests demanding
democracy. As a result, she was detained and suspended from university. Her
first volume of poems *At Thirty, the Party was Over* (1994) was recognised
for her delicate but bold expressions and piercing satire on the capital
and authority. She has published six poetry collections (*Treading on the
Pedals of Dream, To the Pigs, Life that has yet to Arrive, Things Already
Hot,* and *What will not come again*), and penned two novels (*Scars and
Patterns*, and *The Garden of Bronze*). Youngmi received the Isu Literary
Award for *To the Pigs*, and the 2018 Sex Equality Award.

Thursday 5 November 2020

Online (via Zoom)
Register here

Ryan Gustafsson
gus at unimelb.edu.au

Kind regards,

Dr. Ryan Gustafsson
Asia Institute
University of Melbourne
pronouns: they/he
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