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2014 Korean Studies Undergraduate Exchange Conference (hosted by U-M)

Opening Remarks

Panel 1 - Gender and Sexuality in Korean Culture

Discussant: Professor Sangjoon Lee, University of Michigan

The Hallyu Heroine: Gender Discourse in Korean TV Dramas & Reception in Urban China
Elise Huerta- Senior, Asian Laguages and Cultures, University of Michigan

Gay Identity in South Korean Film
Nathan Schmall- Junior, Sociology, University of Michigan

The Housewifization Movement: The Alienation of the Korean Woman
Caroline Koo- Senior, East Asian Languages and Cultures and Philosophy, Politics, and Law, University of Southern California

2:10 - 3:10 Panel 2 - Political Economy of the Korean Peninsula

Discussant: Professor David Kang, University of Southern California

Will North Korea Survive?: How Domestic Politics Might Cause the “Kim” Dynasty’s Eventual Decline
Isobel Brown- Junior, Public Relations and East Asian Studies, University of Southern California

The Fundamentals of Sino-DPRK Relations and the Prospects for Change
Susan Yang- Senior, East Asian Area Studies and International Relations, University of Southern California

Evolution of Family Business and Extinction of Small and Midsized Companies
Jay Choi-Junior, Economics, University of Michigan

3:20 - 4:20 Panel 3 - Korean Identity and New Media

Discussant: Professor Nojin Kwak University of Michigan

Ethnic Identity in Korean Transracial Adoptees
Michael Welch- Senior, Psychology & Skye Huerta-Sophmore, Linguistics, University of Michigan

Public Shaming via the Internet and Its Effects Upon Society
Sam Yoo- Junior, Ross School of Business, Finance/Politial Science, University of Michigan

4:45 - 5:45 Hands-On Minhwa Demonstration Led by Master Artists

Chang Soo Song, Director, Korea Folk Painting Association
Jung-Ye Nam, Director, Nam, Jung-Ye Folklore Study Academy

5:45 - 6:30 Wrap-Up and Conclusion