2nd Annual KSI-Michigan Undergraduate conference at University of Michigan

Saturday, February 8      
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

With the inaugural undergraduate USC KSI-Michigan conference hosted by USC, the second annual undergraduate conference will be held at the University of Michigan, hosted by the Nam Center for Korean Studies.

Undergraduate scholars from both campuses will present critical research related to Korean studies in various fields within the social sciences and humanities.


Conference Opening Remarks bu Dr. Nojin Kwak and Dr. David Kang                              
Panel 1 – “Gender and Sexuality in Korean Culture”
Discussant – Professor Sangjoon Lee (U-M)
Elise Huerta - The Hallyu Heroine: Gender Discourse in Korean TV Dramas & Reception in Urban China
Nathan Schmall - Gay Identity in South Korean Film
Caroline Koo – The Housewifization Movement: The Alienation of the Korean Woman
Panel 2 – ”Political Economy of the Korean Peninsula”
Discussant – Professor David Kang (USC)
Isobel Brown – Will North Korea Survive?: How Domestic Politics Might Cause the ”Kim” Dynasty’s Eventual Decline
Susan Yang – The Fundementals of Sin-DPRK Relations and the Prospects for Change
Jaeyoung Choi – Evolution of Family Business and Extinction of Small and Midsized Companie: An Analysis of Contemporary Chaebol-Oriented South Korean Economy
Panel 3 – ”Korean Identity and New Media”

Discussant – Professor Nojin Kwak (U-M)
Michael Welch/Skye Huerta – Ethnic Identity in Korean Transracial Adoptees
Sam Yoo – Public Shaming via the Internet and it’s effects upon Society




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