Transnational Reverberations: Recent Works in Ending the Korean War

 Asian American Studies     Apr 8 2021 | 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Zoom

In this collaborative discussion, Clara Han, Crystal Mun-hye Baik, and Monica Kim will discuss the recent publication of their books, which focus on the multi scalar implications of the Korean War, with commentary provided by Jinah Kim. An ongoing 70-year conflict that remains unfinished, the Korean War has had profound effects across multiple scales-- ranging from the continuing implications of peninsular division on bodies, social intimacies, communities, and land and water ecologies, to the brutality of militarized sexual violence and national surveillance, to global security systems and transpacific formations.

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Crystal Mun-hye Baik is an associate professor in the Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies at UC Riverside. She is the author of Reencounters: On the Korean War and Diasporic Memory Critique
(Temple University Press, 2020) and is currently writing a creative non fiction book paired with a reparative listening archive centered on Korean diasporic activisms, banishment, and repair.

Monica Kim is Assistant Professor and William Appleman Williams Chair of U.S. International and Diplomatic History in the Department of History at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her book, The Interrogation Rooms of the Korean War: The Untold History (Princeton University Press, 2019), is a trans-Pacific history of decolonization told through the experiences of two generations of people creating and navigating military interrogation rooms of the Korean War.

Clara Han is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Seeing like a child: Inheriting the Korean War (Fordham University Press, 2020), Life in Debt: Times of Care andViolence in Neoliberal Chile (UC Press, 2012), and co-editor of Living and Dying in the Contemporary World: A Compendium.

Jinah Kim is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and faculty affiliate in Asian Studies at the California State University, Northridge. She is the author of Postcolonial Grief: The Afterlives of the Pacific Wars in the Americas (Duke University Press, 2019) and is the recipient of the 2021 NEH Award to support her current research, "Against Forgetting: Memory, Care, and Feminist Arts across the Transpacific.”

Sponsored by the Department of Asian American Studies
Co-sponsors: Department of Art History, Center for Critical Korean Studies, Department of Comparative Literature, Department of East Asian Studies, Department of English, Department of Gender & Sexuality Studies, Department of Global and International Studies, Department of History, Humanities Center

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