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Minor Transpacific: Articulating the Zainichi Korean and Korean American Conversation," by Dr. David Roh
This talk examines how Korean American and Zainichi Korean literature directly engage each other through domestic enterprise. Zainichi author Kim Masumi’s "Moeru Sōka" (The Burning Grass House, 1997) is set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising, at the height of racial tensions between Korean Americans and African Americans. Similarly, Korean American author Min Jin Lee’s "Pachinko" (2017) is set in Japan with Zainichi protagonists, written entirely in English. As they stand, these texts are only half articulable in disciplinary silos of Asian or Asian American Studies; a framework triangulating the multitude of histories, racialization, and politics from all three national sites is necessary to situate them in a transpacific context.

This talk is part of the KU Center for East Asian Studies' Global Speaker Series.

Nov 11, 2021 06:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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