Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

North Korea: Beyond Fake News

Fri, October 13, 2017 | Meyerson Conference Room, WCH 4.118

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

North Korea:  Beyond Fake News

"North Korea: Beyond Fake News"

North Korea is often portrayed in mainstream media as a backward place, a Stalinist relic without a history worth knowing. But during its founding years (1945-1950), North Korea experienced a radical social revolution when everyday life became the primary site of political struggle. With historical comparisons to revolutions in the early 20th century, this presentation draws on the author’s award-winning book, Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, to introduce rarely seen archival material from North Korea’s formative stage, situating its development within the broader history of modernity. By attending to the importance of history in understanding contemporary North Korea, the talk aims to demystify the myths that pose a challenge to current conflicts.

Suzy Kim is Associate Professor of Korean History in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at Rutgers University. Before joining the Rutgers faculty, she also taught at Emerson College, Boston College, and Oberlin College after completing her PhD at the University of Chicago. Her publications include a special guest-edited volume of Cross-Currents: East Asian History & Culture Review on “(De)Memorializing the Korean War” (2015) and Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 (Cornell 2013), which was awarded the 2015 James Palais Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies. She is currently preparing a monograph on the transnational history of gender formations in North Korea during the Cold War. Her teaching and research focus on modern Korean history with particular attention to social and cultural history, women’s history, and gender studies.

Sponsored by: Center for East Asian Studies

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