Korea Update 2019, ANU, Weston Theatre, 20 Sept.

The ANU Korea Institute held the Korea Update 2019 on Friday 20 September at the Crawford Building’s Weston Theatre.

Specialists from the Australian National University and around the world discussed key developments in diplomacy, business and the economy, and North and South Korean culture. The Update was opened by the Dean of the College of Asia and the Pacific, Prof. Michael Wesley, and HE Baek-Soon Lee, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea. It was made possible due to considerable funding and support from both the Australia-Korea Foundation and the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

The Update was very successful. The 125-people capacity of the Theatre was fully employed throughout the day by an audience comprised of students (graduate and undergraduate), academic and general staff, company executives, diplomatic representatives, and the general public. Rather than focusing only on diplomatic or economic affairs, comments received on the day and after suggest that the diversity of topics and relatively fast pace of the Update were very much appreciated. The absence of a keynote allowed the Institute to host an additional speaker and offer a greater range of viewpoints in regard to important current affairs. The fully catered symposium, meanwhile, provided audience members the opportunity to mix and reflect on the various talks while enjoying refreshments.

Below is a list of the sessions and recordings. The full program with details on the speakers can be downloaded here (PDF file). Recordings of the four sessions are available on the ANU KI website.

Diplomacy (Chair: Roald Maliangkay):

  • Park Ro-Byug (ICAPP) – Challenges in Northeast Asia and ROK-Australia Cooperation
  • Bridget Coggins (University of California, Santa Barbara) – Precarious Negotiation: The Inextricability of Inter-Korean & International Diplomacy
  • Lauren Richardson (ANU) – Unravelling the ROK-Japan Diplomatic Dispute

Business and the economy (Chair: Roald Maliangkay; Discussant: Georgina Carnegie):

  • Munseob Lee (University of California, San Diego) – Government Purchases and Firm Growth: Evidence from South Korea’s Public Procurement Market
  • Myungji Yang (University of Hawai`i) – From Miracle to Mirage: The Making and Unmaking of the Korean Middle Class, 1960-2010

North Korean culture (Chair: Roald Maliangkay; Discussant: Alek Sigley):

  • Kyungja Jung (UTS) – From Patriarchal Socialism to Grassroots Capitalism: The Role of Female Entrepreneurs in the Transition of North Korea
  • Bronwen Dalton (UTS) – From Revolutionary Mother, to Breadwinner, to the Hyper-feminine Woman: Fashion and the Social Construction of Femininity in North Korea

South Korean culture (Chair: Roald Maliangkay):

  • CedarBough T. Saeji (Indiana University) – Idol Success: Celebrities, Perfection, and the Burning Sun
  • Jane Park (Sydney University) – The Technologized Korean Woman (cutting “in Shiri and Cloud Atlas”)
  • Roald Maliangkay (ANU) – What’s Driving Out Korea’s Drive-in Cinema?

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