Revisiting Transpop: Korea-Vietnam Mix

Department: Center for Critical Korean Studies

Date and Time: December 2, 2016 | 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Event Location: Humanities Gateway 1030, UC Irvine

Event Details

A conversation with Viet Le, Assistant Professor in Visual Studies at California College of the Arts (CCA), and Yong Soon Min, Professor Emeritus in Art at UC Irvine, moderated by Prof. Christine Bacareza Balance (Asian American Studies, UCI). An alumni of UC Irvine’s MFA program in Studio Art, Lê collaborated with Min on the multi-year, multi-city arts exhibition, transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix. A traveling exhibition and project, transPOP brought together 16 critically-acclaimed artists from Korea, Vietnam, and the U.S. whose artwork focuses on the interconnections between these nations with their militarized and popular cultural roots/routes as well as their shared histories of the Cold War. The show itself was in residence at UCI’s University Art Gallery in the Fall 2008 quarter ( This conversation will reflect on the impact of that particular project as well as Le and Min’s career trajectories—as artists, writers, and curators—since that time.

Many thanks to our event co-sponsors: the departments of Art History, Gender & Sexuality Studies, and History; the PhD Program in Visual Studies; UCI Humanities Commons, Center for Critical Korean Studies, and Viet Stories: Vietnamese Oral History Project.

This event is part of the year-long series, HOMESCAPES/WARSCAPES, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Asian American Studies at UC Irvine and the 30th anniversary of the Orange County & Southeast Asian Archive Center.