Korean Consul General to Speak at UCR Feb. 5

YOK Center lecture series includes visual artist discussing “comfort women” public art project

YOK logoRIVERSIDE, Calif. – A lecture by Korean Consul General Hyun-myung Kim on Thursday, Feb. 5, leads a series of events presented in February by the Young Oak Kim Center for Korean American Studies at the University of California, Riverside.

Kim’s lecture, a roundtable discussion about Korean Americans and oral history, and a presentation by a visual artist about “comfort women” – all part of the ongoing YOK Center at UC Riverside Korean American Lecture Series – are free and open to the public. Parking permits may be purchased at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at the University Avenue entrance to the campus. Reservations are requested as seating is limited. To RSVP contact Carol Park at (951) 827-5661 or carol.park@ucr.edu.

Consul General Hyun-myung Kim

Consul General Hyun-myung Kim

Kim, the Korean consul general in Los Angeles, will discuss “Making Waves and Friends with Cultural Diplomacy” from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in CHASS Interdisciplinary 1128. The title refers to a cultural phenomenon known as the “Korean wave,” that is, the rapidly growing popularity around the world of Korean pop music, TV dramas, and films.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Los Angeles comprises the most active and largest of Korean communities in diaspora in the world. Kim has served as consul general in Los Angeles since April 2014 and represents South Korea in Southern California, Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico.

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, scholars, artists, activists and youth will gather in CHASS Interdisciplinary 3154 for a roundtable discussion, “The Making(s) of Memory Archives: Korean/Americans and Oral History Praxis.” Focusing on the everyday lives of Korean Americans after the Korean War, participants will discuss the role of oral history in tracking the life experiences of those whose voices are not part of historical and official narratives; how oral history can foster conversations across generations and forge links among scholars, activists and artists; and how teachers might integrate oral history into their classrooms while contributing to the production of an accessible public archive.

Roundtable discussants are: Ramsay Liem, professor of psychology emeritus at Boston University and director of the multimedia exhibit “Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the ‘Forgotten War’”; Christine Hong, assistant professor of literature at UC Santa Cruz and director of the Legacies of the Korean War online archive; Sukjong Hong, a community activist, artist, writer, and member of the New York-based Asian American Oral History Collective; and youth from the K.W. Lee Center for Leadership in Los Angeles.

Chang-Jin Lee

Chang-Jin Lee supervises the installation of a “comfort women” public art display.

Chang-Jin Lee, a Korean-born visual artist who lives in New York City, will discuss her project “Comfort Women Wanted” on Thursday, Feb. 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in CHASS Interdisciplinary 1128. “Comfort Women Wanted” uses public art billboards, kiosk posters, prints, and multichannel video installations to relate the forgotten history of some 200,000 sex slaves or “comfort women” who were raped by soldiers in the Imperial Japanese Army at military camps known as “comfort stations” during World War II.

The project, begun in 2007, has taken her to seven countries in Asia to interview Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Filipino, and Dutch “comfort women” survivors, and a former Japanese soldier.

The YOK Center opened at UC Riverside in September 2010. It is dedicated to understanding what it means to be a Korean American in the 21st century, the history of Korean Americans, the Korean diaspora in the United States and globally, and the role of Korean Americans in the reunification of South and North Korea.

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