The 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 Hawaiâ€˜i at MÄnoa, and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Korean Studies.