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Roundtable: The Past and Future of North and South Korean Relations

March 1 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Presented by the Asian Studies Program, AS395/HIS385, and the Korean Culture Fund:

120 Clemens Hall | Light Lunch Provided

Abstract: This event brings together scholars from across UB with expertise in several areas to discuss their perspectives on the prospects for peace on the Korean peninsula. The recent detente between the U.S. and North Korea has created an opening for warming ties and friendly gestures between North and South Korea. Given the rapidly changing circumstances and fast moving events, what are the two Koreas doing to promote peace and reconciliation? What are the chances of success? This roundtable, which takes place on the centennial of the historic 1919 March First independence movement from Japanese colonial rule, will examine recent developments in the peninsula and possible future outcomes within the context of past experiences in Korea. After brief presentations about different aspects of the relationship between North and South Korea, the panelists and audience members will engage in discussion and debate concerning a number of salient issues, such as ending the Korean War, establishing trust and dialogue in Northeast Asia, prospects for economic cooperation, existing social or linguistic barriers between the two countries despite their shared heritage, or the role of art and architecture in creating a shared public space between North and South.

Open discussion welcome!

Brief faculty presentations will introduce critical topics:

Bumjoon Kang | Department of  Urban & Regional Planning | “How urban planners and developers view the possible reunification of the two Koreas as daebak (a bonanza)”

Hyein Amber Kim | Department of Linguistics, Korean Language Program | “Integrating North Koreans into South Korean society: Education, identities, and equality issues at a refugee school in Seoul”

Yunju Nam | School of Social Work | “Programs and policies for the North Korean defectors/escapees who have resettled in South Korea”

Mark Nathan | Department of History | “Religion and Reunification: The role of religious organizations in the past, present, and future of inter-Korean relations”

Jin Young Song | Department of Architecture | “Public Space Between Enemies: The limitations of the Sunshine Policy and the role of art and architecture in testing the new citizenship of a united Korea through the practice of the shared public space”



March 1
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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