The University of Iowa

Past Events Korean Studies Research Network (KoRN)

February 26, 2021 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Central Time) via Zoom

Belonging Otherwise: Chinese Undergraduate Students at South Korean Universities

Presenter: Jiyeon Kang, University of Iowa

Following the South Korean government’s drive in the 1990s for globalization and deregulation of higher education, Korean universities aggressively recruited Chinese students as both symbolic and economic resources. As a result, the number of Chinese students studying at Korean universities increased 57-fold between 2000 and 2019 (from 1,200 to 68,537). The presentation will share initial findings from the interviews with Chinese students, who chose South Korea with academic and cultural aspirations but often found that the university and Korean students did not welcome them into their classes or communities. The presentation will discuss modalities of “belonging otherwise,” or how these students make the study-abroad space inhabitable through transnational and technological networks of belonging. 

October 9, 2020 from 2:00-3:30 p.m. (CST) via Zoom

To Be Both Creator and Critic for Self-Cultivation: Aesthetic Thought of Pyoam Gang Sehwang (1713-1791) 

Presenter: Dr. Dobin Choi, Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at The University of Iowa

This paper explores the development of aesthetic thought regarding painting in the late Joseon period with a focus on the artistic practice of a renowned literati painter Pyoam Gang Sehwang (표암(豹菴) 강세황(姜世晃), 1713-1791). Through a contextual investigation into the grounds of Pyoam’s artworks and criticisms, I aim to show how he harmonized various painting styles—from Southern School paintings (南宗画) to Western paintings—with Neo-Confucian tradition. 

April 9, 2020 from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. in 302 Schaeffer Hall
Picturing ‘Chosŏn’: Early 20th Century Landscapes in Japan and Korea 

Presenter: Professor Nancy Lin (Assistant Professor of Art History at Lawrence University)

This lecture discusses how a particular kind of picturesque East Asian landscape in Korea was selected and constructed by Japanese and Korean artists as part of the modernization project during the early 20th century.  This landscape was visualized with certain stereotypical tropes or motifs that were then disseminated through domestic and international official exhibitions, essays, and sketch-tour books by traveling Japanese artists.  These motifs were then re-appropriated by Korean artists in the 1930s to articulate the possibility of a strictly Korean mode of modern self expression.

March 6, 2020 from 11:30 - 1:00 p.m. 
Korean Young Generation and Their Priorities in Life

Presenter: Ji Hye Kim (PhD student, Sociology, University of Iowa)

Many of the young generation in South Korea have developed a pessimistic view on their lives and future. Due to the high level of unemployment and economic insecurity, the so-called ‘Sampo Generation’ has to prioritize personal success over such basic things in life as dating, marriage, and having children. This presentation examines how Korean adolescents perceive these trade-offs between life goals. The findings will show how patterned understandings of life goals are related to socioeconomic characteristics and later life-course outcomes.

February 7, 2020 from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
The Political Economy of Media Framing in South Korea: An Analysis of Korean News Coverage of Climate Change, 1995-2015

Presenter: Dr. Byung Wook Kim (School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa)

The purpose of this study is to understand the construction of the dominant climate change discourse in South Korea and the solution that is implied, which directs the society to embrace neoliberalism while practicing environmentalism. This study, specifically, aims to reveal what the dominant and preferred meanings of climate change in South Korea are and how these meanings have been constructed through Korean newspapers to serve the interests of the ruling coalition, mainly Korean conglomerates and foreign investors.