Center for Korean Studies • University of Hawai‘i at MĀnoa

The Fourth CKS Forum on Critical Issues in Korean Studies • January 24–25, 2013

The Center for Korean Studies will present its fourth Forum on Critical Issues in Korean Studies January 24–25, 2013. The featured speakers for the event are two distinguished anthropologists, Prof. Haejoang Han Cho of Yonsei University and Prof. Nancy Abelmann of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The program will be moderated by Prof. Hagen Koo of the University of Hawai'i at Manoa Department of Sociology.

South Korea today is undergoing rapid social transformation under the impact of globalization. People are living in an environment radically different from that of only two decades ago. From job conditions, consumption style, and education to family relations and reproductive activities, hardly any area has escaped drastic changes. At the center of these changes are mothers and children. How do they adapt to these global changes, what are their new desires and anxieties, and how are their identities and mobility strategies shaped by the global system? Through the prism of mothers and youth, two distinguished scholars will probe the depth of Korean society and assess the direction of these changes.

The forum will take place from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. each day at the Center for Korean Studies. This event is free and open to the public. The Center for Korean Studies is located at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. Paid parking is available in the lot mauka of the CKS building. For further information, including information about access for the handicapped, telephone the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956-7041.

January 24, 2013
Auditorium | 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Desperate Mothers, Anxious Kids: South Korea's Family Plot


The first day’s program will consist of lectures on the topic by Haejoang Han Cho and Nancy Abelmann.

January 25, 2013
Conference Room | 4:00–6:00 p.m.

In Pursuit of Global Education


The second day’s program
will consist primarily of discussion of the topic by participants in a workshop format.



NANCY ABELMANN is associate vice-chancellor for research–Humanities, Arts, and Related Fields and Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois.

HAEJOANG HAN CHO is a professor in the Department of Cultural Anthropology at Yonsei University in Seoul.

HAGEN KOO is professor of sociology at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and a member of the faculty of the Center for Korean Studies.