Minor Transpacific: Articulating the Zainichi Korean and Korean American Conversation

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Type: 
Lecture
Date: 
November 11, 2021
Location: 
Kansas, United States
Subject Fields: 
Japanese History / Studies, Korean History / Studies, Asian American History / Studies, Literature

Minor Transpacific: Articulating the Zainichi Korean and Korean American Conversation

By David S. Roh, Professor of English (University of Utah)

Thursday, November 11, 2021  |  6 PM CST  | via Zoom

 

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This talk examines how Korean American and Zainichi Korean literature directly engage each other through domestic enterprise.  Zainichi author Kim Masumi’s Moeru Sōka (The Burning Grass House, 1997) is set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising, at the height of racial tensions between Korean Americans and African Americans. Similarly, Korean American author Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko (2017) is set in Japan with Zainichi protagonists, written entirely in English. As they stand, these texts are only half articulable in disciplinary silos of Asian or Asian American Studies; a framework triangulating the multitude of histories, racialization, and politics from all three national sites is necessary to situate them in a transpacific context.

 

About the Speaker

David S. Roh is Associate Professor of English and Director of Digital Matters at the University of Utah, where he specializes in Asian American literature and Digital Humanities.  He is the author of Minor Transpacific (Stanford University Press, 2021), Illegal Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2015), and coeditor of Techno-Orientalism (Rutgers University Press, 2015).

 

 

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LaGretia Copp

Center for East Asian Studies

University of Kansas

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