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Korean American Socio-Political Organizing in the Age of Trump



This conference will share and discuss various efforts of Korean American civic engagement and local-level organizing: transnational activism, community organizing, local level politics, leadership, and cultural politics.


Friday, November 09, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Haines Hall 352
UCLA Anthropology Department - Reading Room


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Transnational populations are not merely the products of migration policies between two states. Transnational orientation and activities reflect the impact of geopolitical issues, not the least being the influence of events - such as the 9/11 attacks--on the host country's immigration policy.

In the past 20 years, mobilizations for progressive social change within the Korean American community have occurred. Mobilizations reflecting both conservative and progressive tendencies have been dealing with the Korean peninsula - suddenly in the shadow of shifting militarist relations between the heads of state of North Korea and the U.S.

Our conference will share and discuss various efforts of Korean American civic engagement and local-level organizing: transnational activism, community organizing, local level politics, leadership, and cultural politics. We will analyze the impact of shifting geopolitics on the activism of Korean Americans. Moreover, we will examine the predicament of activists at the local level who are involved in global justice or geopolitical issues. 

Conference Schedule

9:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:30 am Welcoming Remarks

Jerry Kang
, Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and Korea Times – Hankook Ilbo Endowed Chair, UCLA
Karen Umemoto, Professor and Director, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA
Eun-Ju Chung, Professor, Sungkyunkwan University

10:00 – 11:30 am Session 1


Speaker 1: Hyun Hee Kim, Seoul National University
"Moving Together": Inventing a Korean American Grassroots Movement beyond Ethnic Activism and Politicians Speaker 2: Kyeyoung Park, UCLA
From Identity Based to Ideology Based Organizing: The Impact of Shifting Geopolitics on Second Generation Korean American Activism
Moderator: Eun-Ju Chung, Sungkyunkwan University
Discussant: Jennifer J. Chun, UCLA

11:30 am -1:00 pm Lunch (to be provided if rsvp received)

Keynote speaker: Paul Liem, Chairperson, the Korea Policy Institute Board of Directors

1:00 – 2:30 pm Session 2

Speaker 3: Jeong Duk Yi and Sang-Choon Yoo, Chonbuk National University
Fragmented Incorporation - Preliminary Theorizing of 1.5 and 2nd Generational Korean American Incorporation into American Society through Civic Engagement Activities
Speaker 4: Eun-Ju Chung, Sungkyunkwan University
Out of ‘Alien Citizens’: Everyday Activism for Cultural Citizenship among Suburban Korean Americans in Southern California
Moderator: Kyung Koo Han, Seoul National University
Discussant: Edward J.W. Park, Loyola Marymount University

2:40- 4:10 Session 3
Speaker 5: Kyung Koo Han, Seoul National University
Mainstreaming Transnationalism: A Processual Approach to the Lives of Korean-Americans
Speaker 6: Jung Sun Park, California State University at Dominguez Hills
Trans-Pacific Flows of Korean Pop Culture and Communities in the Making
Moderator: Chul-In Yoo, Jeju National University
Discussant: Jennifer Jung-Kim, UCLA

RSVP FOR THE EVENT HERE

DEADLINE TO REGISTER IS MONDAY, NOVEMBER 5.


Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies, Asian American Studies Center, Anthropology, Asian American Studies Department , Korea Times--Hankook Ilbo Chair in Korean American Studies, California State University, Dominguez Hills - Asian Pacific Studies Program, The Academy of Korean Studies - Korean Studies Promotion Service, Sungkyunkwan University - Academy of East Asian Studies