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Spring 2014 Events 

All events will be held at Lecture Hall I, Wang Center. Talks will be at 4PM and the symposium from 9AM-4PM. 
 

 Talk

Thursday, February 6th, 4 p.m.
Lecture Hall I, Charles B. Wang Center

Mark Peterson, Brigham Young University 
"Still Life with Rice and Native Speaker: Two Emerging Voices of Korean-American Writers" 

Summary

Korean-Americans are coming in to their own in many cultural areas in America.  From sports, to movies, to music and -- not the least of these -- in literature.  This talk will examine the voices of two Korean-Americans and explore the richness of experiences these voices add to contemporary American cultural life.

About the Speaker

Mark Peterson is professor of Korean Studies at Brigham Young University. His PhD is from Harvard University and he has been the executive director of the Korean Fulbright program and has lived in Korea, off and on, for 15 years. He has been the chairman of the Korean Studies Committee of the Association for Asian Studies, and is a founding member of the international Association for Korean Language Educators, and the American Association of Teachers of Korean

 He is currently the head of the Korean section of the department. Dr. Peterson is a member of the Association for Asian Studies, where he was formerly the chair of the Korean Studies Committee; was also the book review editor for the Journal of Asian Studies for Korean Studies books. He is also a member of the Royal Asiatic Society, the International Association for Korean Language Education, the International Korean Literature Association, and the American Association of Korean Teachers.

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 Talk

 Memories of my ghost brother

Thursday, March 6th, 4 p.m.
Lecture Hall I, Charles B. Wang Center

Heinz Insu Fenkl, SUNY New Paltz

"The New Korean American Literature"

Summary

In his talk, Heinz Insu Fenkl will talk about recent trends in Korean American writing as a follow-up of some issues he discussed in a paper called "The Future of Korean American Literature" at George Washington University in 2003. The main focus will be on innovation, incorporation of genres, "mainstreaming" of Korean American writers, and the impact of new publishing trends. He will also discuss some issues from the special Korean American Literature section in the 7th issue of AZALEA: a journal of Korean Literature and Culture, published by Harvard's Korea Institute, which he finished co-editing with Minsoo Kang.  

 About the Speaker

Heinz Insu Fenkl is a writer, editor, translator, and folklorist. His first novel, Memories of My Ghost Brotherwas a Barnes and Noble "Great New Writer" selection and a PEN/Hemingway finalist. He serves on the editorial board of AZALEA: the Journal of Korean Literature & Culturepublished by Harvard's Korea Institute and as a consulting editor to the internet translation journal, Words Without Borders. He teaches advanced Creative Writing as well as "Great Books of Asia," which will give a talk on Asian religious texts, at the State University of New York at New Paltz. His most recent prose translation, Yi Mul-yol's short story, "An Anonymous Island" was published in the September 12th, 2011 issue of The New Yorker. 

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  Talk

 Forgotten Country

Thursday, March 27th, 4 p.m.
Lecture Hall I, Charles B. Wang Center

Catherine Chung-Adelphi University 

"The Stories We're Told & the Stories We Tell"

Summary

Catherine Chung, the author of "Forgotten Country", will talk about her relationship to folktales, mathematics, and the stories we tell and are told as a society. Questions about what it means to be a woman and a minority will be discussed in conjunction with her book. 

About the Author

Catherine Chung is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Adelphi University, and received her MFA at Cornell University. She is an author of Forgotten Country published in March 2012, and won an Honorable Mention for the 2013 PEN/Hemingway Award. It was also picked for Booklist's Top 10 Debut Novels of 2012, and Bookpage's and The San Francisco Chronicle's Best Books of 2012 lists. Catherine is the recipient of a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, a Granta New Voice, and a fiction editor at Guernica Magazine. 

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   Talk

 The Voices of Heaven

Thursday, April 17th, 4 p.m.
Lecture Hall I, Charles B. Wang Center

Maija Rhee-Devine, Author

"Values and Identity of Korean Women, Past and Present"

Summary 

Having grown up and lived through the Korean War (1950-1953), Maija Rhee-Devine will discuss the value and identity of Korean women caught between past and present. The talk will highlight her novel, "The Voices of Heaven",a product from her personal life experiences.  

About the Author

Maija Rhee Devine, a Korean-born writer whose fiction, non-fiction, and poetry have appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Boulevard, North American Review, and The Kenyon Review, and in various anthologies, holds a B.A. in English from Sogang University in Seoul and an M.A. in English from St. Louis University.  Writing honors include an NEA grant, a finalist in William Faulkner Creative Writing Competition, James Jones First Novel Fellowship, Emily Dickinson Poetry Award, and nominations for Pushcart Prizes and O. Henry Awards.

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Symposium and Exhibition

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Wednesday, April 23rd                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Lecture Hall I, Charles B. Wang Center 

"Korean Americans and the Visual Field of Asian American Graphic Narratives"

Min Song (Boston College, Keynote Speaker), Jeff Yang  (exhibition curator)& Derek Kirk Kim (writer)                                                                              (In conjunction with the Symposium "Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in US Comics, 1942-1986")

About the Symposium

This symposium is a joint effort of the Melville Library, Charles B. Wang Center and the Center for Korean Studies, to be held in conjunction with an exhibition on representations of Asian in American comic books, "Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in US Comics, 1942-1986." (Exhibition dates: March 12-July 27th, Wang Center). The exhibition highlights the William F. Wu Collection at the NYU Fales Library & Special Collections, the largest archive of its kind, which juxtaposes historical images with insights from contemporary Asian American writers and artists. The speakers will examine visual images of Asians in a variety of cultural forms in the U.S. media. 

  •  For more information about this symposium, please click here. 

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