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CANCELLED – Formation of Postcolonial Korea through Family, Medicine and the War Talk Series

March 24 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

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Center for Korean Research Workshop


This event has been CANCELLED due to travel restrictions.


Please join us for a talk with:

Sungyun Lim, Associate Professor of History,

University of Colorado at Boulder

The talk series will explore how material, cultural, ideological, and political changes that took place during Korea’s transitions from Japanese empire to U.S. military occupation to postwar Korea influenced and were influenced by people’s lives; how these changes constructed multiple identities from gender, family, and class; and how indigenous and modern elements were selected and used in constructing these new individual and collective identities in Korea during the first half of the 20th century. In doing so, the talk series will revisit the tensions, compromises, and conflicts of diverse identities in both the colonial and postcolonial contexts through the three scholars’ respective analyses of family civil law cases, medical practices, and Korea’s transwar society.

Dr. Lim’s research focuses on issues of gender, family, law, and colonialism in Korea. Her first book, Rules of the House: Family Law and Domestic Disputes in Colonial Korea (University of California Press, 2019), examines the role and legacy of Japanese colonial laws on the formation of the small patriarchal family in Korea. Her second book project investigates the history of domestic adoption in South Korea, continuing her exploration of the complex impacts of the colonial legacy on gender and family.


This is a Workshops, Conferences, and Symposia event.

No registration required.



March 24, 2020

4:30 PM-6:00 PM



International Affairs Building, Room 918

420 West 118th Street


Cosponsored by: Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University; Academy of Korean Studies; Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University


March 24
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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