|Thursday, April 26, 2018|
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall, UCLA
Talk by Jaeeun Kim, University of Michigan
Jaeeun Kim will talk about her award-winning book Contested Embrace: Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea (Stanford University Press, 2016).
Contested Embrace is a comparative, historical, and ethnographic study of the complex relationships among the states in the Korean peninsula, colonial-era Korean migrants to Japan and northeast China and their descendants, and the states in which they have resided over the course of the twentieth century. Extending the constructivist approach to nationalisms and the culturalist view of the modern state to a transnational context, Contested Embrace illuminates the political and bureaucratic construction of ethno-national populations beyond the territorial boundary of the state. Through a comparative analysis of transborder membership politics in the colonial, Cold War, and post-Cold War periods, the book shows how the configuration of geopolitics, bureaucratic techniques, and actors'' agency shapes the making, unmaking, and remaking of transborder ties. Kim demonstrates that being a "homeland" state or a member of the "transborder nation" is a precarious, arduous, and revocable political achievement. The talk will flesh out these claims through the analysis of (1) South Korea’s effort to create its own docile citizens out of ethnic Koreans in Japan in the fierce competition with North Korea; and (2) South Korea’s effort to control its territorial and membership boundary from ethnic Korean “return” migrants from China.
Jaeeun Kim is Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan. She was a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton (2011–2012) and Stanford (2012–2013), and a former member at the Institute for Advanced Study (2016–2017). Her book won multiple book awards from the American Sociological Association and the Social Science History Association.
2018 Duthie-Secchia Fellowship for Doctoral Research on Contemporary China
Fellowships for UCLA Ph.D. students'' doctoral research addressing contemporary social issues in China. Fellowship at the range of $5,000 to $10,000 will be awarded based on compatibility of research proposal, student merits, and other funding available to student.
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