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Multiculturalism in East Asia examined at conference Jan. 30

January 15, 2009

Colorado State University is partnering with a Korean university to host a one-day conference dedicated to examining the salient factors that contribute to demographic changes in East Asia.

Drawing expertise from scholars in Asia and the United States, the conference, titled "The Making of Multicultural Societies in East Asia," seeks to bring attention the imminent social changes in East Asia due to international migration of workers and families.

Conference at LSC on Jan. 30

The conference is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Cherokee Park Ballroom in CSU's Lory Student Center.

The conference, free and open to the public, is sponsored jointly by the Department of Ethnic Studies at CSU and the Institute for Modern Korean Studies at Yonsei University in Korea, with additional funding from the Korea Foundation.

(Photo:  Namdaeum Gate in Seoul, South Korea)

The following is a complete list of conference presenters.

  • "Mimicking Heteronomativity: The Migration and Citizenship of Transgender Filipinas in Japan," presented by Rhacel Parrenas, professor at Brown University.
  • "Governmentality and the Making of a Multicultural Society in South Korea," presented by Denis Kim, assistant professor at Sogang University, Korea.
  • "The Philippines and South Korea: A Sociological Tale of Two Countries Linked by Migration," presented by Maruja M.B. Asis, director of research and publications at Scalabrini Migration Ctr.
  • "The Multicultural Policies and Practices in South Korea: Toward Building a Multicultural Society," presented by Joon K. Kim, associate professor at CSU.
  • "White Privileges and Cultural Ghettoization: Western Migrants in Taiwan," presented by Pei-China Lan, associate professor at National Taiwan University.
  • "Globalization of Anti-Trafficking Initiatives in South Korea: Human Rights, Justice and Violence in Translation," presented by Sealing Cheng, associate professor at Wellesley College.
  • "Aspiring to be Global: Migration and Multicultural Contention in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan," presented by Hyuk-Rae Kim, professor at Yonsei University, Korea; and Ingyu Oh, senior lecturer at the University of the West of England.
  • "Nation and Re-Narration: Processes of Pluralization in Japan's Newest National Museum," presented by Eric Ishiwata, assistant professor at CSU.

Contact: Kimberly Sorensen
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