With the end of the Cold War and the rise of globalization in the 1990s, and with South Korea’s rise as a globally competitive economy, South Korea-United States relations has shifted to strengthen cooperation both at home and abroad. At the same time, the political, social, cultural, and racial polarization in the US ot only threatens democracy but also have given rise to increased hate crimes against Asian Americans. The racial discrimination against Asians has a long history, as white nationalism imagines Asians unsuited to be entirely assimilated into the nation. In this contemporary political context, this one-day symposium gathers leading scholars to explore the three interconnected topics in the broader framework of geopolitics in Asia and the US domestic politics: Korean in America, South Korea-US relations, and black-Korean encounters and in the US and cultural connections.
This symposium is hosted by the Center for Korean Studies (CKS) at UCLA and Korean Consulate.
The presentations will happen in person, with one speaker presenting on Zoom. Everyone is welcome. There will be three panels, with 30-minutes presentations and 20-minutes Q&A.
Save the date for Friday, November 18 to attend the symposium!