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NCTAN: Arts of Protest in Modern Korea

April 15, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

In 2020, the popular South Korean music group BTS and its fan communities grabbed headlines in the United States with their public support for the Black Lives Matter movement. In this workshop, we will take these recent interventions as points of departure for exploring the long tradition of socio-political activism in modern Korean arts and culture. By looking at a selection of examples from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, we will sample the variety of ways in which creative individuals in Korea have made their voices and perspectives heard in relation to globally relevant issues like imperialism, war, discrimination, and inequality. Participants will receive a list of related resources in order to assist them in bringing Korea-related content into their classrooms.

Participants will receive a certificate from North Carolina Teaching Asia Network confirming 2 hours of professional development for the completion of this workshop.

Workshop organizer
Dr. I. Jonathan Kief, Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, UNC-CH

This event will be held in person at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Workshop activities: 10 AM – 12 PM
Lunch: 12 PM – 1 PM


North Carolina Teaching Asia Network (NCTAN) opens up the door to East Asia by providing free seminars for K-12 teacher in North Carolina and beyond. A variety of methods, including on-site face-to-face, on-line simulcast, or on-line courses, provides for teachers who are looking for a way to improve curriculum on Mongolia, China, Hong Kong, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, and Vietnam. NCTAN is under the initiative of Columbia University’s Weatherhead East Asia Center, in collaboration with the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA). NCTA, funded by the Freeman Foundation, is a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about Asia in world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses. 

Please email NCTAN Director Becky Butler with any questions.


April 15, 2023
10:00 am - 1:00 pm


FedEx Global Education Center
301 Pittsboro Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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Carolina Asia Center
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The Carolina Asia Center supports diverse Asia-related events. However, CAC co-sponsorship of any talk, seminar, documentary screening, film screening, performance or celebration does not constitute endorsement of or agreement with the views presented therein. As an academic institution, we value diverse perspectives that promote dialogue and understanding.

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