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2019 Korean Studies Undergraduate Exchange Conference (hosted by USC)

7th Annual Korean Studies Undergraduate Exchange Conference

February 16, 2019

PANEL 1. Politics within and Surrounding Korea

Sophie Hyunju Lee (UMich): Measuring Peace: Representations of Kim Jong-un in South Korean Media
Jill Lin (USC): US-China Intellectual Property Theft Implications: Trade War or Regular Diplomacy?
Evelyn Kim (UMich): Engaging Youths: Perception of Corruption and Youth Participation in Korean Politics
Anna Lipscomb (USC): Taste of Asia: Gastrodiplomacy in Thailand, South Korea, and Taiwan
Priya C Judge (UMich): Reproducing Oppression: Historical Memory & Anti-Asylum Movements in South Korea

Moderator: Jae Kyun Kim (USC)
Discussants: In Young Min (USC), Hyewon Kim (UMich)

PANEL 2. Voicing Gender & Sexuality

Shauna Nichole Paulson (UMich): Queering Korea: LGBTQ+ Koreans, Media, and Representation Complications
Rebecca Harbeck (USC): The Legacy of Western Hegemonic Masculinity: From Camptowns to Explorer Nick’s Korea Explorations
Rachel O (UMich): Championing Female Activism: Serving the Lifeline for 21st Century South Korea
Carolyn Hwiah Yu (USC): Homophobia in Korea

Moderator: Hyewon Kim (UMich)
Discussants: Jae Kyun Kim (USC), Rory Walsh (UMich)

PANEL 3. Delineating Boundaries in Pop Culture

Ursula Collins-Laine (USC): Camp and K-pop: American Media’s Dismissal of Marginal Pop Culture
Taepyo Tommy Kim (UMich): BTS, Breaking the System: Implications of Replaceability in the K-Pop Industry
Jenna Han (USC): Weeaboo and Chill? Netflix Normalization of Weeaboo Culture
Cayla Yllon King (UMich): Show Me The Money: Appropriating Black Hip-Hop Culture in K-Pop

Moderator: Joo Young Lee (UMich)
Discussants: Jae Kyun Kim (USC), Hyewon Kim (UMich)

PANEL 4. Construction of Precarious Belongings

Matthew Pantelic (UMich): Internet Toxicity in South Korea through Multiplayer-Online Video Games
Sumin Kim (USC): Asymmetric Reflection and Triadic Coloniality in Yi Sang
Jangul (Jackie) Erlon-Baurjan (UMich): Performing Trauma: The Korean Diaspora in Kazakhstan in Memory
Marisa Fuse (USC): The Alienated Generation: The Role of the Korean and American Governments in the Expulsion of Mixed-Race Children

Moderator: Rory Walsh (UMich)
Discussants: In Young Min (USC), Joo Young Lee (UMich)