GYOPO lecture mentioned in Korea Times

Very cool. A public lecture Jennifer and I did back in 2019 got a shoutout in a Korea Times article about GYOPO’s new installation in Seoul. Congrats to GYOPO and especially Ellie Lee!

“Another program launched in 2019 with an aim to appreciate an aspect of Korean history and bring it into the particular social context the Korean American community is situated in was “Protesting Seoul: Resistance in Precarious Times,” a lecture on distinct protest cultures in Seoul.

Having invited two academics, Jennifer Jihye Chun and Ju Hui Judy Han, from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), GYOPO turned the lecture space into an immersive, image-heavy scene reminiscent of the candlelight vigils in Seoul’s Gwanghwamun Square in 2016 and 2017, with the audience sitting on the ground with candles.

“There was so much great information shared that evening that was important to receive then at the end of 2019, because people in Los Angeles were trying to utilize different tactics and approaches to protesting (from other countries like Hong Kong),” Lee said.

“The program provided our audience with a more nuanced understanding of the dynamics between activist groups championing a variety of causes within large-scale protests, and even more importantly, a number of Korean protest histories were contextualized,” she said.”