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2016 Korean Studies Undergraduate Exchange Conference (hosted by U-M)

FEBRUARY 20, 2016

10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Culture and Identity Politics

Ruby Hwang University of Southern California
Drifting House: Religion in the Korean American Domestic Space

Erick Morales University of Southern California
Reapportionment and Representation at the Municipal Level: Electing Los Angeles’s First Korean Councilmember

April Shin University of Michigan
Gender Equality at Workplace in South Korea: The Case Study of Samsung’s Gender Equality Policy

Jackie Kim University of Southern California
Gender Inequality in Korean Corporations: An Analysis of the Underrepresentation of Females in Higher-Level Corporate Leadership

Discussant Dr. Hannah Lim University of Southern California

11:40 AM - 1:10 PM Perspectives on North Korea

Kenneth Lee University of Southern California
North Korea’s Nuclear Restraint in the 1970s: A Critique Of Offensive Neorealism

Pleres Choi University of Southern California
Ideological Motivations in Foreign Policy Decision-Making: A Case of the Sunshine Policy

Leo Weissburg University of Michigan
Making Sense of Belligerent Behavior: The Sources of North Korean Nuclear Threats

Kiersten Reinhold University of Michigan
Human Trafficking Over the Sino-Korean Border

Discussant Daisy Kim University of Southern California

2:45 PM - 4:20 PM Issues in Contemporary Korea

Yoolim Jung University of Michigan
Mad Camels and a Country in Fear: Understanding South Koreans’ Health Attitudes through 2015 MERS Outbreak

Hannah Sim University of Michigan
The Divergence of Political Spectrum in Comprehensive Programming Channels in South Korea

Maggie Deagon University of Southern California
Latin America Meets Korea: How K-Pop Fandom Creates Transcultural Communities Online

Sara Stearns University of Michigan
A New Ethnic Nationalism: Sub-Racial Hierarchy and Media Perpetuation

Discussants Joon Sung Lee and Joo Young Lee University of Michigan

4:30 PM - 5:40 PM High Impact Panel

Joyce Lee University of Southern California
Saving Face During the Sinking of the MV Sewol

Skye Huerta University of Michigan
Pedagogy of Korean as a Foreign Language

Danielle Robertson University of Southern California
Korean Homogeneity

Nicole Lococo University of Michigan
Unity through Folk Music: Explorations of “Arirang” and its Interactions with the Korean Diaspora

About the Nam Center for Korean Studies

The Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan International Institute encourages economic, political, and cultural understanding of Korea in the U-M community and beyond. Through its student and faculty support and ambitious public programming, the center seeks to increase the depth and breadth of resources devoted to Korean studies. The Nam Center provides a historical context for the campus community and public to better understand current social and political challenges in Korea. With a history spanning more than 5,000 years, Korea boasts one of the world’s oldest cultures. The Nam Center works to raise interest and awareness about this fascinating and ancient civilization. The center supports student and faculty research and recruitment, new curriculum development, and an active colloquium series at the university, bringing eminent Korean Studies scholars from around the world to speak on diverse and complex issues. Additionally, the center provides funding for public programs such as art exhibitions, film festivals, lectures, and conferences.

This conference is made possible by the support of the Nam Family Gift and the Korea Foundation.

THe Korean Studies Undergraduate Exchange Conference is a partnership between the University of Michigan Nam Center for Korean Studies and the University of Southern California Korean Studies Institute. It seeks to encourage original research in Korean studies by undergraduate students and foster networking between the two campuses.

Professor Nojin Kwak | University of Michigan
Professor David Kang | University of Southern California