Colloquium: Misrepresenting the United States

Lee Jae-KyoungThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fall 2010 col­lo­qui­um series will present a talk titled “Mis­rep­re­sent­ing the Unit­ed States: Cen­sor­ship and the Cov­er­age of the 1980 Kwangju Inci­dent by South Kore­an News­pa­pers” on Fri­day, Decem­ber 3, at 4:00 p.m. in the Center’s con­fer­ence room.

The speak­er will be Prof. Jae-Kyoung Lee of Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty, cur­rent­ly a vis­it­ing schol­ar at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. In this pre­sen­ta­tion, he will argue that the media have con­tributed sig­nif­i­cant­ly to the gen­er­a­tion of anti-Amer­i­can­ism in South Korea by offer­ing dis­tort­ed pic­tures of the Unit­ed States, par­tic­u­lar­ly dur­ing cru­cial­ly impor­tant times of bilat­er­al rela­tions, includ­ing the peri­od of the Kwangju inci­dent. The explo­sion of pop­u­lar resent­ment against the Unit­ed States in the mid-1980s, he con­tends, was in large part a mis­guid­ed hatred based on dis­tort­ed pic­tures orches­trat­ed by the author­i­tar­i­an mil­i­tary rulers.

Jae-Kyoung Lee is a pro­fes­sor in the School of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty. He is a grad­u­ate of Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, received his M.A. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and earned his Ph.D. at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Iowa. He is cur­rent­ly a vis­it­ing schol­ar at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Studies.