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Limited Options: Handling the Provocation and Charm Offensive Cycles of North Korea’s Diplomacy


Troy Stangarone joined the Korea Economic Institute (KEI) as the Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade, and Ian E. Rinehart is an Analyst in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Service. Their main discussion focuses on if the international community will be able to stop North Korea from building more nuclear weapons.

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Hallyu in the “Cool Japan” & How to Understand Cultural Globalization of Korean Cinema in the New Korean Wave Era

Professor Seong Bin Hwang from Rikkyo University in Tokyo explains the current state of Korean popular culture in Japan, and Professor Dal Yong Jin from Simon Fraser University discusses the swift change of the Korean film industries in conjunction with the Korean Wave.

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Artless song through Cherry Lips: writing the child in colonial Korea

Dafna Zur who is an assistant professor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Stanford University discussed on the magazine Ǒrini to delve into the magazine's aesthetic politics to argue that their texts and image created a uniqes and affectively privileged literary and visual landscape in colonial Korea. 

‘Masterpiece of Korean Art’ (1957-1959) and the Cold War Politics of Antiquities

Christine Kim is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Georgetown School of Foreign Service. She argues that the immdeiate post-liberation years point to a relative indifference within Korea save for a handful of dedicated public servants, but an early interest was taken by U.S. occupation authorities who recognized the political utility, rather than the aesthetic merits, of Korean art. 

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The Two Koreas, President Obama’s Second Term and the 113th Congress

Karin Lee has been the executive director of the National Committee on North Korea (NCNK) since February, 2006. She discusses how the 2013 elections will affect US-ROK and US-DPRK relations and how a new relationship will bear the weight of KORUS-FTA implementation, 1-2-3 Negotiations and OPCON transfer.

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Northeast Asia in Transition: Challenges and Opportunities

This seminar marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Republic of Korea (ROK) by looking at the changing political, economic and social evnironments in Northeast Asia that may affect the relations between the two countries in the near future.


Alternative Avenues of Engagement with North Korea and for Peace in Northeast Asia


Ralph Cossa is the president of the Pacific Forum, Centre for Strategic & International Studies in Honolulu, HawaiiHe opened a discussion on the ways countries try to engage North Korea and bring about peace in Northeast Asia 

Can the US Pick Up the Pieces of its Failed North Korea Policy?

Joel Stephen Wit from John's Hopkins University discusses the failure of the February 2012 Leap Year Agreement between the US and North Korea as well its implications in the US elections and Pyong Yang's growing nuclear power.

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Territorial Disputes in East Asia: Origins and the U.S. Responsibility

Joon-woo Park, a former senior diplomat from Korea, is the 2011–12 Koret
Fellow with the Korean Studies Program (KSP) at Stanford University.
Ambassador Park discussed the historical and political implications upon the territorial disputes in East Asia.

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Korean Media 'Big Bang'

Luke Kang, the Senior Vice President and MD of the Walt Disney
Company Korea, discusses the evolution of Korean media industry
over the last decade. 

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Korean Kids' Edutainment: Consumer, gender, and nationality socialization in Korean children's marketing and children's books

Millie Creighton, the Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, discussed the South Korean children's marketing and the cultures of consumption.

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U.S. Approaches to New Leadership in the Koreas

Nicholas Hamisevicz is the Director of Research and
Academic Affairs at KEI. He is responsible for issues related
to North Korea and for academic outreach. He organizes and speaks in KEI's numerous university programs around the country. Mr. Hamisevicz is also responsible for programming and publications related to North Korea.

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Multicultural Coexistence and East Asian Community

Workshop co-sponsored by Centre For Korean Research (UBC) and Peace & Democracy Institute (Korea University) held at the seminar room in C.K. Choi Building, Institute of Asian Research.

North Korea in Transition: Where is it Going?

The conference was co-organized by Centre for Korean 
Research (UBC) and Centre for US-Korea Policy (Asia 
Foundation in Washington, DC) on September 15th-16th held
at Korea Economic Institute Conference Room in Washington,
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Apprehensional Modal in Korean: (u)I-kka poa

Michael Namkil Kim, the President of the International Conference for Korean Applied Linguistics discusses the application of "(u)I-kka-poa" in Korean Speech.

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Haunting the Korean Diaspora: Shame, Secrecy, and the Forgotten War

Dr. Grace Cho, Professor of Sociology and Women's Studies at the City University of New York, discusses how Koreans and especially Korean women have been affected by the Korean War

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Inside North Korea

John Everard, the former British Ambassador to North Korea presents the everyday lives of common people in North Korea. He also discusses the shaping of North Korean society, the recent changes in the country, and what kind of challenges the modern world poses to the regime in North Korea.

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Political Discontent in East Asian Emerging Democracies

Tun-jen Cheng, Professor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Marry proposes his explanations on the East Asian disatisfaction with their democracies

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Maritime Customs and Sino-Korean Relations: New Perspectives on Korea's "Chinese Decade"

Wayne K. Patterson, Professor of History at St. Norbert College in Wisconsin discusses the Chinese attempts to absorb the Korean Maritimes Customs Service in the 1880s as a way of increasing its control over Korea.


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The Political Economy of Informal Networks in Japan and Korea; Amakudari and Parachute Appointment

Sang-young Rhyu, Associate Professor of Political Economy at Yonsei University in Korea discusses the prevalent Japanese and Korean practices of amakudari and parachute appointments


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US Policy toward North Korea

Bruce Klingner, the Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia at The Heritage Foundation's Asian Centre, answers whether the Obama administration's "strategic patience" approach will work.

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History Matters: the Koguryo/Gaogouli Controversy and Identity in East Asia

 Kirk Larsen, associate professor of history at Brigham Young University, presents to shed light on both the historical events under dispute and the ways in which they are used and interpreted in contemporary Northeast Asia.

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The Seoul G20: Opportunities for Canadian/Korean Cooperation

Barry Carin, a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Governance Innovation and Adjunct Professor of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, will explore the possibility of cooperation on the various initiatives on the Seoul \November and future G20 agendas.

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Shamans, Nostalgias, and the IMF: South Korean Popular Religion in Motion

In this presentation co-sponsored by Centre for Korean Research, Department of Asian Studies, and Department of Anthropology, Laurel Kendall describes some of the changes and personal experiences that prompted her to write her new book SHAMANS, NOSTALGIAS, AND THE IMF.

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The North Korea Crisis: A Dangerous Stalemate

Amid continuing economic difficulties, there has been growing speculation about the possibility of a North Korean collapse. Mike Chinoy discusses how did the current crisis took shape. 

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Conference on "Non-Traditional Security Issues in North Korea"

The conference, organizd by Professor Kyung-Ae Park, shed light on the most critical issues regarding North Korean non-traditional security, by bringing together the work of leading North Korea experts to analyze various NTS issues in the North Korean context.

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Korea’s Democratization in Global Perspective

Dr. Steven Lee (University of British Columbia) discusses some of the dominant frameworks for understanding democratization and situates the Korean case within the wider global context of political revolution in the late twentieth century. 

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Breaking the News: The Impact of Foreign Media in North Korea

Peter Beck (Stanford University) answers the questions of to what extent is banned media undermining the regime's control of the flow of information, and if such broadcasts do encourage North Koreans to defect.

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Social Memory and Public Production of History: The T'aebaek Mountains and the Politics of Remembering the Korean War

Dr. Namhee Lee (University of California, LA) explores the novel The T'aebaek Mountain as a way to examine the structure of contemporary public memory, its presence and absences, and meaning-making in contemporary South Korea.

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One Alliance, Two Lenses: American-Republic of Korea Relations in a New Era

Dr. Gi-Wook Shin (Stanford University) examines U.S.-Korea relations in a short but dramatic period (1992-2003) that witness various events, leading to a new era of challenges and opportunities.

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Edges of Absence: Korea and American Anthropology

Dr. Robert Oppenheim (University of Texas at Austin)'s presentation reflects an attempt to examine the issues of the history Korea within American Anthropology using both published and archival sources from the 1880s through the 1960s.

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The Graphic Imagination: Script Primordialism and the Imagining of Writing in Korean Antiquity

Dr. Ross King (University of British Columbia) focuses on an increasing popular extension of script nationalism that he calls 'script primordialism'. 

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Evangelizing Development: Korean/American Missions and Capitalist Deliverance

Judy Han from UBC discusses how the missionaries offered the model as a blueprint for both economic and spiritual progress, recasting its authoritarian roots in Christian terms. 

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South Korean Civil Society Organizations and the Political Process of Historical Memories

Professor Jungmin Seo of University of Hawaii at Manoa review how historical issues have entered into the field of political contentions in South Korea, and examines the role of CSOs in the process.

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Allied to Race? The U.S.-Korea Alliance and Arms Race

Dr. Jae-Jung Suh, associate professor of Johns Hopkins University, examines the degree to and the ways in which the South's military transformation is attributable at least partly to the pressure that its alliance with the U.S. keeps on Seoul to maintain military readiness and interoperability.

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Evaluating the Silk Letter of Hwang Sayong: A defense of human rights or a betrayal of the nation?

Dr. Don Baker (UBC) gives an overview of Hwang's letter, why he wrote it, what happened when that letter was intercepted, and how Hwang and his letter are viewed by Koreans, both Catholic and non-Catholic, today.

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Public Interest Litigation in South Korea

Dr. Tae-Ung Baik explores the characteristics of Korean public interest litigation through the review of the historical development and important cases.

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Conference on "Emerging Issues of North Korean Foreign Policy"

The Centre for Korean Research is pleased to present a conference bringing together the world's foremost scholars on North Korea to examine the future North Korean foreign policy orientation. 

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The Jogye Temple Complex: Where the ‘Mundane’ and ‘Spiritual’ is inextricably intertwined

Professor Hwansoo Kim discusses the complex relationship between Korean Buddhism and the state through the history of the Jogye Temple in Seoul.

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Local Strategies of Integration in Late Chosŏn Korea

Professor Sun Joo Kim discusses how families in the P’yŏngan region constructed ‘cultural identities’ in order to win family prestige and state rewards in late Chosŏn Korea.

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South Korea’s Experiment in Jury Criminal Trials

Professor In Sup Han discusses the recent adoption of jury trials in criminal trials and what it might mean for Korean judicial reform.

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The "Problem of China" in the Study of Korean History

Dr. Yung Sik Kim, Professor at the Department of Asian History, Seoul National University, delivered a lecture about the significance of China in the study of Korean history and science at the CKR Lecture Series on February 13, 2009.

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Becoming Human: ‘Talbukja’ – Displaced North Koreans in China and South Korea

Dr. Hyun Ok Park discusses the histories of displaced North Koreans and what they tell us about the role of work’ and ‘nation’ in becoming human.

Seminar on "The Changing Political and Economic Environment of the Korean Peninsula"

The Centre for Korean Research and The Korea Economic Institute, Washington DC are pleased to present the seminar on "The Changing Political and Economic Environment of the Korean Peninsula" 

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Seminar on "Where is North Korea Going?"

Professor Han S. Park and Professor Kyung-Ae Park discuss on the issue of where North Korea is heading to through two different topics. 

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Seminar on "Canada-Korea Political and Economic Cooperation"

Panelists (Yeonho Lee, Seokwoo Kim, Won-Taek Kang, and Sunghack Lim)  with commentators (Ken Carty, Kyung-Ae Park, and Shaun Narine) and moderator Myungsoon Shin discuss on the topic of Canada and Korea's political and economic cooperation.

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2012 South Korean Presidential Election

A roundtable discussion on the topic of 2012 South Korean Presidential Election featuring speakers from Seoul National University, Korea University, Ewha Womans University, and University of British Columbia. Topics include "Salient Features of Korea's 2012 Presidential Election," "Statecraft and Challenges of the Park Geun-Hye Government," "Park Geun-Hye's Foreign Policy and the Future of the Korea-US Alliance," "Dilemma of Park Geun-Hye's Government: What to do with Pyongyang?" and "A Few Thoughts on Korea-Japan Relations."

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