"Identity Politics and Political Institutions": ASAK online conference, with keynote by Robin D. G. Kelley

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October 29, 2021 to October 30, 2021
Korea South
Subject Fields: 
American History / Studies, African American History / Studies, Asian American History / Studies, Race / Ethnic Studies

The 55th International Conference organized by The American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK)

“Identity Politics and Political Institutions”

Date: October 29-30, 2021 (Korean Standard Time)

Virtual Online Conference

The American Studies Association of Korea (ASAK) is pleased to announce an international conference on the theme, “Identity Politics and Political Institutions” to be held online from October 29 to 30, 2021 (Korean Standard Time).

For this year’s conference, we are delighted to welcome Robin D. G. Kelley, Distinguished Professor of History and African American Studies and Gary B. Nash Endowed Chair in U.S. History at UCLA, as our keynote speaker. The title of the keynote speech is “Black Spring, Blue Winter: On the Identity Politics of Police.”

This year’s conference will be held on Zoom. Admission is free and open to the public. To access the conference Zoom meetings, you will need to register beforehand using the links below. Please note that there are two simultaneous Virtual Rooms per day. Session details, including information about corresponding Zoom meeting rooms, are available in the attached program.

For questions please email us at asakconference@gmail.com.

Virtual Room A, Oct. 29 (Fri): Please register in advance here.

Virtual Room B, Oct. 29 (Fri): Please register in advance here.

Virtual Room A, Oct. 30 (Sat): Please register in advance here.

Virtual Room B, Oct. 30 (Sat): Please register in advance here.


* All sessions will be conducted in English unless otherwise noted.

* All times are in Korean standard time.


October 29 (Friday)


9:00 – 9:10 a.m.  Virtual Room A

Opening Remarks

Jae H. Roe, Sogang University, President of ASAK


9:10 – 10:50 a.m.  Virtual Room A

Mediating the Transpacific Cold War

Chair       In Shik Bang, Sookmyung Women’s University

Far from Hollywood: War and Spectacle at Camp Pendleton

Madeleine Han, Yale University

Reimagining the Military Archive: Figurations of Korean Women in US Military Clubs

Sam Yoon, University of Toronto

From Self-Determination to Self-Referentiality: The Travels of Yunbok’s Diary in the Cold War

Juwon Kim, University of Toronto


9:10 – 10:50 a.m.  Virtual Room B

Fantasies of Attachments, Projections of Identity

Chair       Hyungji Park, Yonsei University

Pork Belly Fallacy: Yemen, Korea, and the United States at the Gastronomic Crossroads

Robert Ji-Song Ku, Binghamton University of the State University of New York 

America, Anglophilia, Brexit and The Great British Bake Off

Anita Mannur, Miami University

Korean American Fantasies of Adoption: An Adoptee Returns to South Korea

Kimberly McKee, Grand Valley State University

Mental Illness and the Event Horizon of Asian America

James Kyung-Jin Lee, University of California, Irvine


11:10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  Virtual Room A

Keynote Address

Moderator  Sung Yup Kim, Seoul National University

Black Spring, Blue Winter: On the Identity Politics of Police

Robin D. G. Kelley, University of California, Los Angeles


lunch break


2:20 – 4:00 p.m.  Virtual Room A

Neoliberal Political Economy in the United States  *in Korean

Chair       Shang E. Ha, Sogang University

Respondent  Jungkun Seo, Kyung Hee University

Updating the U.S. Collective Bargaining Platform during the 1960s and Its Failure

Yongwoo Jeung, Incheon National University

Employers’ Political Mobilization of Workers and the Rise of Neoliberalism in the United States

Youn Ki, Seoul National University

Disruptive Innovation of Real Estate Trading in the US -Focusing on “i-buying” Business Model

Lee, Hyun-Song, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies


2:20 – 4:00 p.m.  Virtual Room B

Gendered and Racialized Bodies in Modern American Literature

Chair       Dong In Cho, Inha Technical College

“My prison muscles”: Incarceration and Unresolvable Black Manhood in An American Marriage

Minjeong Son, Ewha Womans University

Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man: Identity Politics between Inclusiveness and Exclusiveness

Hyunjung Kim, Sookmyung Women’s University

Obfuscating Orientations to Adjust Alignments: Dissonance as Re-orientation in Dionne Brand’s What We All Long For

Ayoung Kim, Ewha Womans University

Transnational Motherhood against the Forces of Domestic Neo-Slavery for an Undocumented Immigrant in Nicole Dennis-Benn’s Patsy

Hyejun Kim, Ewha Womans University


October 30 (Saturday)


9:00 – 10:40 a.m.  Virtual Room A

Race, Labor, and Plasticity in Late Capitalism

Chair       Hye Jean Chung, Kyung Hee University

Vlogging as Translation: Pop Musicology on YouTube

Michelle Cho, University of Toronto

Making over ‘The Big Reveal’: Neoliberal Multiculturalism and the Globalizing of the South Korean ‘Look’”

S. Heijin Lee, New York University

The Universal Charm of the South Korean Zombie

Christopher T. Fan, University of California, Irvine


9:00 – 10:40 a.m.  Virtual Room B

Questions of Inclusion and Belonging in the Nation State

Chair       Dae-Joong Kim, Kangwon National University

Cleaning Up After White Supremacy: Asian American Patriotism

Jin R. Choi, University of Maryland

Postsecular Renderings of Korean American Faith, Loss, and Terror in R. O. Kwon’s The Incendiaries

Sara Lee, Binghamton University

Guantánamo Bay Literature

                  Moustafa Bayoumi, Brooklyn College, City University of New York

Richard Wright's Moral Weapons

Kevin Spencer, Duke University


11:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.  Virtual Room A

Popular Representation, Race, and Geopolitics

Chair       Min-Jung Kim, Ewha Womans University

Asian Fast and the American Furious: Race and Trade in the Washington Consensus

                  Joseph Jeon, University of California, Irvine

The Command Line, GUIs, and Empire: The Zainichi American Hiro in Snow Crash

David S. Roh, University of Utah

Transpacific Noir

Jinah Kim, Cal State Northridge

Taste Matters: Global Asian Food Media and Transpacific Racialization

Jenny Wang Medina, Emory University


11:00 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.  Virtual Room B

Identity and Solidarity in Acts of Resistance

Chair       Joon Hyung Park, Pukyong National University

Korean American Wilderness: Uprooting the Myth of the Promised Land in Minari

Joo Young Lee, Korea University

Black Men’s Creation of Neo-Fugitive Spaces in John Edgar Wideman’s Brothers and Keepers

Juyoun Jang, University of Mississippi

Black Lives Matter: Identity Politics and The Rise of New Social Movement

JongWan Baik, New School


lunch break


1:40 – 3:20 p.m.  Virtual Room A

AAAS (Association for Asian American Studies) Delegation: Korean and American Anti-Colonial Imaginations

Chair       Kyung-Sook Boo, Sogang University

“None Like Us”: The Promises and Liabilities of Cross-Racial Politics

Jang Wook Huh, University of Washington, Seattle

A Diaspora of Dignity: Remapping Black-Korean Solidarities and Histories of Resistance in the Korean American Diaspora

Youngoh Jung, University of California, San Diego

Visualizing the Railroad in Bong Joon-ho’s Snowpiercer

Julia H. Lee, University of California, Irvine


1:40 – 3:20 p.m.  Virtual Room B

JAAS (Japanese Association for American Studies) – ASAK Joint Session:

Rethinking Race and Identity in Art and Literature

Chair       EunHyoung Kim, Seoul National University

Unraveling and Connecting: Post-Identity in Asian American Art

                  Yasuko Takezawa, Kyoto University (Vice President of JAAS)

Translating Blackness: Pacific-Rim Triangulation of Race and Literature

                  Michio Arimitsu, Keio University

What Passes for Race Loyalty: Insights from Nella Larsen and Chang-Rae Lee

                  Min Young Godley, Dartmouth College

Ethical Reading and Becoming “We” in Lois-Ann Yamanaka’s Blu’s Hanging

                  Jin Lee, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies


3:40 – 5:20 p.m.  Virtual Room A

Fictional Engagements with Race and Inequality  *in Korean

Chair       Ju Young Jin, Soonchunhyang University

Reversing the White Narrative of Frontier Conquest: Meta-theatrical Strategy in the Native American Drama Foghorn

                  Jungman Park, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Joon-ho Bong’s Parasite (2019) and the Aestheticization of Politics

Soo Yeon Kim, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies

Racial Melancholia and Masculinity in Minari

Yang Julie Kyu, Sogang University


3:40 – 5:20 p.m.  Virtual Room B

“American Dilemma” in the Shaping and Censorship of American Identity  *in Korean

Chair       Hyun Hur, Chungnam National University

The Other “American Dilemma” for American Identity: Nationalism and Sectionalism After the War of 1812

                  Hyun Hur, Chungnam National University

Racial Perception and Racial Classification of Koreans in the United States in the First half of the 20th Century

                  Kim, Yong-Tae, Kangwon National University

Movie and Censorship: The National Board of Censorship and the Motion Picture Patents Company

                  Hong, Jongkyu, Catholic Kwandong University


5:20 – 5:30 p.m.  Virtual Room A

Closing Remarks

Jae H. Roe, Sogang University, President of ASAK


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