Department and Women's Study Colloquium: Jieun Lee

Miller Learning Center
MLC room 214.

Ph.D. candidate Jieun Lee is giving a talk as part of the Institute for Women’s Studies Friday Speakers Series. The presentation examines the spectacularization of Korean adoptees, tracing the genealogy of the representations of their birth searches and reunion in Korean TV, film, and theater. In her discussion of Korean adoptees becoming a spectacle in Korean cultural depictions, she will argue that Korean adoptees have been instrumentalized to promote nationalistic and capitalistic sympathy. Jieun further engages with this practice of “making” Korean adoptees a spectacular Other, by analyzing Korean American women adoptee artists' counteraction to this exploitation by embodying their own lived experiences of ethnicity, race, and gender throughout the trajectory of transnational adoption in-between South Korea and the United States.
  • Friday, March 24, 2017 at 12:20 pm