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USC Korean Studies Institute's mission is to explain Korea to the world. The series features world-class scholars covering important topics aimed at a general audience, covering diverse topics such as premodern Korea history, contemporary North Korea, issues in US-Korea relations, and the Korean-American experience.

Korean and Korean-American Studies at USC University of Southern California

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USC Korean Studies Institute's mission is to explain Korea to the world. The series features world-class scholars covering important topics aimed at a general audience, covering diverse topics such as premodern Korea history, contemporary North Korea, issues in US-Korea relations, and the Korean-American experience.

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    An Overview of Korea

    An Overview of Korea

    Lecture presented by David C. Kang, Professor and Director, USC Korean Studies Institute.

    Given to K-12 educators attending the Korea Academy for Educators workshop on teaching about Korea, this lecture provides a short overview of Korean history, politics, and North Korea. Intended to introduce broad themes in Korean history to a general audience, the lecture emphasizes Korea's historical and contemporary international relations, its dynamic experiences during the 20th century, and a discussion of the people of North Korea.

    • 57 min
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    A conversation With Roy Choi

    A conversation With Roy Choi

    Roy Choi, founder of KogiBBQ and 2010 "Food and Wine" Chef of the Year, is a fascinating story about Los Angeles, Korean-Americans, and food. A law school dropout, Roy found his calling as a chef, and revolutionized "street food" by combining elements of Korean and Mexican food and serving it on wildly popular food trucks throughout L.A. This conversation ranges from Roy's childhood, to his experiences as a chef, to his views as a Korean-American.

    • 48 min
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    Media Images of North Korea

    Media Images of North Korea

    How does Western media represent North Korea? What themes, patterns, and perhaps distortions exist? How can we better understand a country that does its best to remain opaque to outside observers? To answer these and other questions, USC brought together Choe Sang-hun (New York Times correspondent for Korea), Bob Carlin (former U.S. State Department), and Sandra Fahy (USC Korean Studies Institute postdoctoral fellow), for a roundtable discussion moderated by USC Korean Studies Institute Director David Kang.

    • 1 hr 21 min
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    North Korea Beyond the Headlines PART 1: Introducing North Korea

    North Korea Beyond the Headlines PART 1: Introducing North Korea

    North Korea Beyond the Headlines: Society, Culture, and Business
    PART 1: Introducing North Korea: People, Business, and Life

    USC Korean Studies Institute Director and Professor of International Relations and Business, David Kang presented a two-part lecture at USC on January 15, 2013 aimed at providing an introduction of North Korean people, life, and the long-running military challenge it poses to the region.

    • 42 min
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    North Korea Beyond the Headlines PART 2: Dealing with North Korea's Military Challenge

    North Korea Beyond the Headlines PART 2: Dealing with North Korea's Military Challenge

    North Korea Beyond the Headlines: Society, Culture, and Business
    Part 2: Dealing with North Korea's Military Challenge

    USC Korean Studies Institute Director and Professor of International Relations and Business, David Kang presented a two-part lecture at USC on January 15, 2013 aimed at providing an introduction of North Korean people, life, and the long-running military challenge it poses in the region.

    • 1 hr
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    Korean Americans: Past and Present

    Korean Americans: Past and Present

    Susie Woo, Assistant Professor of American Studies at Cal State Fullerton, shares the struggles of Korean immigrants in the United States and the history that has brought them here. Challenging many myths about Korean Americans, she shares her own story, while discussing the three waves of Korean immigration, their religion, pop culture and Korean-American achievement in a country they have come to call their own.

    January 30, 2014 at the USC Korean Studies Institute.

    • 39 min

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