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Theodore Hughes Presents: From Colony to Nation Divided: The Cultural History of Modern Korea

May 10, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: Lamb Room

Images of North Korea and South Korea pervade US mainstream media. North Korea is at once a threat, a laughing stock, a human rights tragedy. The South has become the land of K-pop, hi-tech, high fashion: cool Korea. What history lies behind these opposing images? Before North/South division came colonialism (Japanese occupation of Korea from 1910-1945). How does Korea’s colonial past help us understand the contemporary cultures of North and South Korea? This lecture introduces key works by modern Korean writers and intellectuals in order to provide a window into Korea’s rich cultural history and to take a new look at the current North-South attempts to overcome the past and achieve national reunification.


Theodore Hughes is Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities and Director of The Center for Korean Research at Columbia University. He received his Ph.D. in modern Korean literature from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research interests include Coloniality; proletarian literature and art; cultures of national division; visuality and the global Cold War. He is the author of Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2012), which won the James B. Palais Book Prize of the Association for Asian Studies.


May 10, 2018
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
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