In this special Asian Culture Forum, Prof. Michelle Cho, University of Toronto, Prof. Cho will provide an overview of the online activities, politicization and media coverage of K-pop fans in the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racist activism; she will also discuss the K-pop group BTS’s cultural and historic relationship with Black pop cultural forms, and Black-Korean relations in the U.S. since the 1980s.
Michelle Cho, is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of East Asian Studies. Her research and teaching focus on questions of collectivity and popular aesthetics in Korean film, media, and popular culture. She has published on Asian cinemas and Korean wave television, video, and pop music in such venues as Cinema Journal, the International Journal of Communication, The Korean Popular Culture Reader, and Asian Video Cultures (2019 “Best Edited Collection” Award winner, Society for Cinema and Media Studies).
Dr. Dennis Kratz is Professor and Founding Director of the Center for Asian Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas.
In this featured lecture, Professor Andrew Rubin will explore the connection between politics and the literary imagination. He will ask what is at stake for the novel’s commitment to the human pursuit of truth if we fail to view Nineteen Eighty-Four as, above all else, a work of English literature.
Professor Andrew Rubin is the author of Archives of Authority: Empire, Culture, and the Cold War (Princeton University Press, 2012), and most recently, the editor of The Selected Works of Edward Said, 1966-2006 (Vintage, 2019). He has taught at Georgetown University, Columbia University, and Barnard College.