The USC Korean Studies Institute video series introduces important topics about Korea of interest to a general audience. The series features world-class scholars who are also superb speakers, and is professionally produced. Each year the series adds two or three videos. Future planned videos include issues of Korean-American adoption, North Korean human rights and humanitarian issues, an introduction to Korean film, and an introduction to Korean literature.
Professor John Duncan provides an overview of Korea's long premodern history, emphasizing four key themes. One, Korea has an exceptionally long history as a unified polity; its considerable institutional and organizational capacity was marked by a sophisticated centralized bureaucracy; two, Korea made active contributions to East Asian civilization in arts and thought; three, living in the shadow of China stimulated Koreans to develop a strong sense of local identity; and four, aspects of Korea's premodern experience continue to shape Korean life today.
Susie Woo, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Cal State Fullerton, shares the struggles of Korean immigrants in the United States and the history that has brought them here. Challenging many myths about Korean Americans, she shares her own story, while discussing the three waves of Korean immigration, their religion, pop culture and Korean-American achievement in a country they have come to call their own.
USC Korean Studies Institute Director and Professor of International Relations and Business, David Kang presented a two-part lecture at USC on January 15, 2013 aimed at providing an introduction of North Korean people, life, and the long-running military challenge it poses to the region.
How does Western media represent North Korea? What themes, patterns, and perhaps distortions exist? How can we better understand a country that does its best to remain opaque to outside observers? To answer these and other questions, USC brought together Choe Sang-hun (New York Times correspondent for Korea), Bob Carlin (former U.S. State Department), and Sandra Fahy (USC Korean Studies Institute postdoctoral fellow), for a roundtable discussion moderated by USC Korean Studies Institute Director David Kang.
Given to K-12 educators attending the Korea Academy for Educators workshop on teaching about Korea, this lecture provides a short overview of Korean history, politics, and North Korea. Intended to introduce broad themes in Korean history to a general audience, the lecture emphasizes Korea's historical and contemporary international relations, its dynamic experiences during the 20th century, and a discussion of the people of North Korea.
Roy Choi, founder of KogiBBQ and 2010 "Food and Wine" Chef of the Year, is a fascinating story about Los Angeles, Korean-Americans, and food. A law school dropout, Roy found his calling as a chef, and revolutionized "street food" by combining elements of Korean and Mexican food and serving it on wildly popular food trucks throughout L.A. This conversation ranges from Roy's childhood, to his experiences as a chef, to his views as a Korean-American.
The Korean Studies Institute (KSI) was established in 1995 to further spur the development of education and research about Korea at USC. Along with offering a minor in Korean Studies, KSI teaches and supports undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students.
Video by: Mira Zimet