Asian Pacific Studies Organizes Guest Lecture on “The Shifting Image of Korea”

The Asian Pacific Studies Program will host a lecture by Professor Young Hoon Kim on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 2:30 p.m. in the Loker Student Union Ballroom C.

Professor Kim’s lecture, “The Shifting Images of Korea Through the Lens of National Geographic Since 1890,” will discuss the transformation of Amercans’ images of Korea and Koreans over a hundred years.  Through an analysis of numerous articles and photographs featured in the National Geographic magazine since 1890, Professor Kim will analyze how Americans have viewed Korea and Koreans and why and how such views have transformed.

Professor Kim is Chair of the Department of Korean Studies, Director of the Research Institute of Korean Culture and Associate Dean of the Graduate School of International Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Korea.  He received his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from USC.  He is author of several books including From Dolmen Tombs to Heaven’s Gate: Understanding World Heritage in Korea (2013), Korean Way of Life (2010) and Culture and Image: An Introduction to Visual Anthropology (2002).  As a visual anthropologist, he also produced films such as “Cho Young-Ho: A Documentary on a North Korean Refugee,” “Han Yong-Soo: A Documentary on a North Korean Refugee” and “Vagas Bliss” (a short film on marriage ceremonies in Las Vagas).

For more information, call (310) 243-3327

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