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2013 Korean Studies Undergraduate Exchange Conference (hosted by USC)


Saturday, February 16, 2013


12:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Social Sciences Building (SOS B40).  Please see USC Maps for more information.


In collaboration with the Sang-Yong Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan, the USC Korean Studies Institute will host a one-day conference featuring KSI Research Fellows as well as students from the University of Michigan who will present research related to Korea.  The two centers will take turns hosting this conference bringing together students to share their interest in Korea and gain valuable mentorship from faculty. This conference is only open to undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty from USC and surrounding universities.  RSVP to by Wednesday, 2/13.


Noon: Welcome remarks from David Kang (USC) and Nojin Kwak (University of Michigan)

12:15-1:30: Korea’s foreign relations

  • Charles Inzucchi (Junior, History, UM): Videogames, Propaganda, and Purity: Understanding the Mobilization of Peoples Through Comparison of Military Advertisement Rhetoric in North Korea and the US 

  • Cindy Huynh (Senior, International studies/Asian studies, UM): South Korea’s Globalized Nation: Reevaluating Competing Discourses of Nationalism and Globalization Through the lens of MaCaulay and Hegel

Chair and discussant: David Kang

1:45-3:15: Domestic issues in Korea 

  • Ryan Lee (Senior, Political Science/Korean Studies, UM): Public Construction: Tug of War between Politicians and Citizens 

  • Andrew Ju (Junior, International Relations - Global Business, USC): Environmental Concerns in South Korea’s Low Carbon Green Growth Policy

  • Janet Lee (Senior, Biological Sciences Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Studies - Global Medicine/East Asian Area Studies, USC): 30 Years of Lung Cancer Mortality in South Korea (1980-2009)

Chair and discussant: Nojin Kwak

3:30-5:00: Identities in Korea

  • Lyndsey Twining (Junior, Asian Studies, UM) How do we understand Korea in the digital age?: A Case Study of koreaBANG in the context of emerging Korea-interest websites

  • Lauren White (Senior, Communication/Korean Studies, USC): New Women in Colonial Korea: Traditional Norms Coincide with Modern Revolution

  • Cynthia Yoon (post-Undergraduate Asian Studies/Political Science, UM): Vietnamese Marriage Migrants in Urban Korea: Integration of Foreign Reproducers

Chair and discussant: Sandra Fahy (USC KSI Postdoctoral scholar)