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Conversations about music, history and society in the Republic of Korea.

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The Commodification of Dokdo Island: Nationalism in the Marketplace

5/5/2017
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What does it mean to treat nationalism as a commodity? In this conversation, Nam Center Postdoctoral Fellow Jiun Bang discusses the commodification surrounding the Dokdo/Takeshima dispute, and challenges some of the traditional assumptions behind our perceptions of nationalism. And- a conversation on the strange linguistic character of the name Ehwa Womans University. Bang shares some little known facts about her alma mater. All this and more on episode 67 of The Korea File. This episode...

Duration: 00:23:39


Tributary Twilight: The Qing Dynasty in Late 19th Century Korea

2/24/2017
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Joshua Van Lieu is a historian of 20th century East Asian politics and international relations and an authority on the histories of Joseon Korea and Late Imperial China. In this conversation, Van Lieu discusses the diplomatic intrigue of the Qing-Korea relationship and explains how the pageantry of tributary practice successfully manipulated Western preconceptions of the “unknowable orient”. This episode was produced in collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Nam Center for Korean...

Duration: 00:26:57


Nation Interrupted: Literary Exchanges Across the DMZ pt. 2

2/9/2017
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The Koreas remain officially at war, a situation unchanged since 1953 when the Armistice Agreement, signed by China, North Korea and the United States, brought an end to active hostilities on the peninsula. But the Armistice was not a peace settlement and tensions along the DMZ, the 38th parallel, have continued ever since. This long stalemate between the divided Koreas has prevented most kinds of social, cultural and political exchanges, with some exceptions. In the conclusion to our...

Duration: 00:17:10


The Capitalist Unconscious: Migration, Imagination and Unification

12/1/2016
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In her recent book, ‘The Capitalist Unconscious: From Korean Unification to Transnational Korea’, professor of sociology Hyun-ok Park, of Toronto's York University, demonstrates that the unseen currents of capitalism, rather than territorial integration or family union, are driving a movement towards peninsular integration and a united Korea. In this conversation, prior to her recent lecture at the University of Michigan’s Nam Center for Korean Studies, she discusses how migrant labor,...

Duration: 00:14:31


Korean Evangelicals: The University Bible Fellowship Saves America

10/16/2016
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At a recent lecture at the University of Michigan's Nam Center for Korean Studies, Pepperdine University sociologist Rebecca Kim spoke on the phenomena of South Korean evangelical missionaries proselytizing in the United States. Exploring the relationship between the two countries since World War 2, her talk addresses how Korean missionaries with the University Bible Fellowship attempted to evangelize the college-educated and why the UFB's outreach efforts focused racially only on white...

Duration: 00:14:32


TKF in Washington, DC: Behind the Mic at the Korean Kontext Podcast

2/26/2016
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Jenna Gibson is the Director of Communications at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington DC, a think tank working to promote dialogue and understanding on economic, political and security relations between South Korea and the United States. Gibson also hosts and produces the KEI’s Korean Kontext podcast, a weekly selection of interviews focusing on the experts, artists and opinion makers that shape the US-Korea policy world. Here, Gibson talks about her own background with South Korea,...

Duration: 00:18:59


The Korea File in Washington, DC: Inside the Korea Economic Institute

2/11/2016
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Founded in 1982, The Korea Economic Institute's aims to promote dialogue and understanding on economic, political and security relations between South Korea and the U.S. But how does this play out in the organization's day-to-day operations? In this episode, we join Director of Communications and host of the Korean Kontext podcast Jenna Gibson in Washington, D.C. for a look inside the KEI. For more on the KEI, go tohttp://www.keia.org/ For episodes of the Korean Kontextpodcast, go...

Duration: 00:13:00


Jeju's Osaka Diaspora: K-Pop and Code Switching in Tsuruhashi

1/28/2016
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On this episode, UCLA PhD candidate in Asian Languages and Cultures Tommy Tran talks about his research concerning Japan’s Korean diaspora, with a focus on Osaka’s 80,000 residents with roots on Jeju Island. Join us as we discuss dialect code-switching, Halla Mountain botany and shamanic deity worship in a metropolis of 19,000,000 people. This is the 2nd of a two part conversation. Music on this episode: Hwan Keum-sim's 1989 performance of 'Aldeulhan Dangsin' ( ??? - ??? ??)...

Duration: 00:18:59


A History of Korean Social Movements

5/30/2015
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Matt VanVolkenburg's prolific blog 'Gusts of Popular Feeling' celebrates it's 10th year of analysis on Korean society, history, urban space, film and current events this month. In the first of a 3-part interview, Matt discusses his ongoing research on all things Korean, as well as the history of social movements in the south half of the peninsula. For an epic 10 year run of writing check out VanVolkenburg's archived work athttp://populargusts.blogspot.kr/ Musicon this episode: ? ? ?- ? ? ?...

Duration: 00:26:29


The Sewol Truth Movement, One Year Later

5/24/2015
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On April 16th, 2014 the MV Sewol sunk off the coast of Mokpo killing 304 passengers. The victims were primarily high school students on a field trip to Jeju Island. One year later, South Korean society continues to struggle with the issues of public safety and government accountability. Families of the victims continue to grieve for their lost loved ones. Cho Mi-sun, an activist with Sewol Truth, spoke with me at the group's petition tent in Gwangwhamun Square on May 8th, 2015....

Duration: 00:20:55


On Korea's Cults

4/15/2015
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In part one of a two-part interview, writer and journalist Jon Dunbar discusses the seedy reputation of Korean cult culture, including Cheonghaejin Marine, the company behind the sinking of the MV Sewol. For more on Cheonghaejin Marine's alleged culpability in the Sewol's sinking, go to http://www.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20140421001183 Jon Dunbar's writing and photography can be found at http://daehanmindecline.com/

Duration: 00:12:59


Jeju's 4.3 Massacre Remembered

4/8/2015
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On April 3rd, 1948, Jeju Island was caught in a civil war-like time of violence and human rights abuses. This is when the period known as the Jeju Uprising and Massacre began. The Korea File spoke with participants at the Jeju 4.3 Commemorative Street Festival last Friday to hear their impressions of this tragic event in Jeju's history. Live music performances include Hallasanhoe's Songs for Jeju 4.3, Dedicated to 4.3/Antiwar Peace by the Parkbo Band and The Changwon Grandmothers Singing...

Duration: 00:23:30


Jeju's Unregulated Growth

4/1/2015
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Tommy Tran is a PhD student at the University of California at Los Angeles in the department of Asian Languages and Cultures. His primary focus is urban ethnography in Korean Studies. In this interview he discusses what happens when Jeju Island, a former periphery of Korea, becomes a premier testing ground for development highlighting the contradiction between urban expansion and cultural and ecological preservation. He also speaks about his (extremely painful) 7 day, 150 km pilgrimage...

Duration: 00:25:29


BEN SPENCER: Chuja Exit Interview

3/25/2015
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Ben Spencer made it through 6 months on the biggest hardship posting in Korea's EPIK public school program, the rapidly shrinking fishing community of 2000 on Chuja Island, 2 hours north-west of Jeju by ferry. I spoke with him in October and agreed to catch up again at the end of his contract to see how he had maintained morale and motivation in such an isolated environment. In this exit interview two days prior to leaving Korea forever and returning to life, love and home in Ireland,...

Duration: 00:25:30


FANCY MAN live show + interview

3/18/2015
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Fancy folk trio FANCY MAN on playing in Jeju's music scene, using the school music room as a practice space and the joys of sharing a teaching gig with your bandmates. You can find more music and videos including Christmas Card From Korea (part 2) at http://www.timothycushing.com/ This interview and live performance was recorded at Jeju City's Magpie Brewing Co. on 2/20/2015.

Duration: 00:26:00


BROTHER ANTHONY: Korea's 20th Century

3/11/2015
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Brother Anthony (???) is President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Korea, an academic organization which has participated in Korean intellectual and cultural life since 1900 . He`s also a scholar of Korean studies, a translator of Korean poetry and an expert on The Korean Way of Tea. In the 2nd of a two-part conversation he speaks about his work translating poet Ko Un (??), the changes he's witnessed firsthand in Korean society in the last 35 years and the unreality created by the division...

Duration: 00:25:00


BROTHER ANTHONY has eclectic interests

3/3/2015
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Brother Anthony, or ???, is President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Korea (http://www.raskb.com/), an academic organization which has participated in Korean intellectual and cultural life since 1900 . He`s also a scholar of Korean studies, a translator of Korean poetry and an expert on The Korean Way of Tea. In the first of a two-part conversation he speaks about the Society's history and it's relationship with the country, discusses his 37 years as a member of Seoul`s academic community...

Duration: 00:20:30


MOUNTAINS live show + interview

2/24/2015
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Math-rock trio MOUNTAINS on Daegu's thriving music scene, the joys of playing Seoul and the fight to promote live music in the south of the peninsula. Live music recording from their performance at Itaewon's Thunderhorse Tavern, 1/30/2015

Duration: 00:20:00


TBS 101.3FM journalist CHANCE DORLAND

2/17/2015
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On this episode: musician and journalist Chance Dorland on the ups and downs of being a working journalist in Seoul and how the Peacecorps nearly (literally) killed him. Check out Chance's work online at http://www.seoulitup.com/, and at groovekorea.com, download his podcast 'Chance and Dan Do Korea' on iTunes and listen to him live on the airwaves with his segment 'Chance Encounters' Monday Through Friday from 18:10-20:00 on TBS 101.3 FM's 'Primetime' in Seoul. A recording of music from...

Duration: 00:22:30


MICHAEL BREEN: On a Unified Korea

2/11/2015
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Michael Breen has been working in Korea for more than 30 years as a journalist with The Guardian, The Korea Times and others. He's the author of 'The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want and Where Their Future Lies' and the CEO of Insight Communications Consultants. In the second of a two-part interview he discusses life under South Korea's 1980's dictatorship, the perils and possibilties of Korean unification and what the future holds for the country and its people.

Duration: 00:23:29

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