An exploration of modern South Korean Society through film will be offered in a new course added to the spring 2014 schedule at UH Mānoa. “South Korean Society Through Film” (ASAN 491K) will be taught by Prof. Young-a Park of the Asian Studies Program and will meet on Wednesdays from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m.
This course examines modern Korean society and cinema. The goal is to develop an understanding of Korean society through the political, social, and cultural issues represented in Korean films. The course is a multi-disciplinary exploration drawing on scholarly literature in anthropology, film studies, sociology, political science, and history of modern Korea.
The first part of the class will be devoted to examining particular thematic issues including the Korean War, postwar politics, compressed modernity, authoritarianism, and post-authoritarian transformation. The second part of the class will explore several film genres that recently emerged as a successful, local alternative to Hollywood films. The genre films will be examined with special attention to the larger social and cultural contexts that made the specific genres appealing to the public. The last part of the course will feature activist and independent films.
Questions about the course may be set to Prof. Park by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.