K-POP/M-POP/HIP-HOP--A Korea/Mongolia Mixtape: Youth, Expression, and the New Nationalism in East Asia

Panel Discussion | May 1 | 2-4 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), UC Berkeley Mongolia Initiative, Center for Korean Studies (CKS), Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

A panel of scholars discuss and compare emergent themes in popular culture and politics in Korea and Mongolia, illustrated with clips from music and performance.

Peter Marsh, Cal State University - East Bay
Donna Kwon, University of Kentucky
Charlotte D’Evelyn, Loyola Marymount
Kendra Van Nyhuis, UC Berkeley
Marissa Smith, San Jose State
Stephanie Choi, UC Santa Barbara
Franck Bille, UC Berkeley
Eun-young Jung, Independent Scholar

Speaker Biographies:

Mongolia
Peter Marsh, CSU-EB

Peter K. Marsh is an ethnomusicologist and music historian with broad interdisciplinary training and experience as a teacher, scholar, and administrator, and a specialist in the area of Asian music and culture. He earned his Ph.D. from Indiana University, his M.A. in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and his B.A. and B.M. cum laude in English and Music Performance at Lawrence University. He teaches courses in music history and world music at Cal State East Bay and is currently coordinator of the graduate program in music. He is a specialist in ethnomusicology and area studies, principally the music and culture of Mongolia and Inner Asia and has written extensively on issues related to popular music, tradition, and modernity in Mongolia. His book, The Horse-head Fiddle and the Reimagination of Tradition in Mongolia, Current Issues in Ethnomusicology Series (New York: Routledge Press, 2014) examines the development of two-string folk fiddles and their folklorization in Mongolian folk music in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Charlotte D’Evelyn, Loyola Marymount

Professor Charlotte D’Evelyn received her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology and has been teaching at LMU since 2014. She is a faculty advisor of the Kyodai Japanese Culture Club and an active musician on viola, violin, Chinese erhu, and the Mongolian horse – head fiddle. Her fieldwork focuses on music and minority politics in Inner Mongolia, China, the subject of a forthcoming book.

Marissa Smith, San Jose State

Marissa Smith received her PhD in Anthropology from Princeton University in June 2015. Her BA in Anthropology and Russian is from Beloit College. Her research concerns the cosmopolitan projects of people in rural places. She specializes in the study of practices of production, value, technology, and sustainability, tracing forms of the nation, the state, the corporation, and human-nonhuman relationships. Marissa Smith is currently Research Coordinator for the McNair Scholars Program at San Jose State University. This past fall and in previous years she taught Introduction to Cultural Anthropology at De Anza College, and last spring taught courses on the connections between myth, ritual, value, material culture, and nationalism at Hult International Business School in San Francisco. She has also conducted classes on ethnographic methods and Tibetan Buddhism during my graduate training at Princeton University.

Franck Billé, UC Berkeley

Franck Billé is the Program Director for the Tang Center for Silk Road Studies. He received his PhD in Social Anthropology from Cambridge. He is currently working on three pieces of research on the subjects of borders, territoriality and sovereignty. He was previously research coordinator of a multisited and multidisciplinary research project running at the University of Cambridge, UK (2012-2015). The specific aim of the project (“Where Rising Powers meet: China and Russia at their North Asian Border”) was to investigate the differing political economies of the two countries and their trajectories in the post-1991 era. His work prior to that, for my doctoral thesis at Cambridge, focused on race and ethnicity in the context of East Asia, specifically Mongolia and China. A revised version of his doctoral work at Cambridge was published as Sinophobia: Anxiety, Violence, and the Making of Mongolian Identity (Hawai’i 2015). He is also the co-editor of North East Asian Anthropologies, a new Open Access book series at Amsterdam University Press. This series presents groundbreaking anthropological research on North East Asia, a vast region encompassing the Russian Far East, Siberia, northern China, Mongolia, Japan, and Korea.


Korea
Stephanie Choi, UC Santa Barbara

Stephanie Choi is a Doctoral Candidate in Ethnomusicology at UCSB. Her current research focuses on the ways in which K-pop as a transnational practice endows cultural and political flexibility to the identity formations of social actors who engage in the K-pop scene. She is especially interested in how Korean and American youth’s participation in K-pop challenges and subverts the dominant social orders of race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender through popular cultural practices. Her dissertation project is sponsored by the Field Research Fellowship from the Korea Foundation and Pre-Doctoral Fellowship from UCSB’s Interdisciplinary Humanities Center. She received AKMR Prize for the Best Student Paper from the Association for Korean Music Research and Honorable Mention for the Wong Tolbert Prize from the Section on the Status of Women of the Society for Ethnomusicology in 2015.

Kendra Van Nyhuis, UC Berkeley

Kendra is an ethnomusicologist studying intercultural interactions in the rock music scene of South Korea. Kendra's fieldwork was funded by the Fulbright IIE program. Her research interests include South Korean Rock and Popular Music, Scenes, Race, Intercultural Collaboration, Urbanism, Performance, and East Asian Modernities.

Donna Kwon, University of Kentucky

Donna Lee Kwon is Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Kentucky. She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley (Ethnomusicology), a MA in World Music/Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and a BA/BM (Women’s Studies/Piano Performance) from Oberlin College. She is the author of Music in Korea: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture, published as part of the Global Music Series on Oxford University Press (2011). Her research interests include North and South Korean music, East Asian and Asian American popular and creative music, gender and the body, issues of space and place, and ecomusicology. Many of these interests are addressed in her second book in progress that stems from her dissertation research, entitled Stepping in the Madang: Embodying Space and Place in Korean Drumming and Dance. She is the recipient of multiple research grants and fellowships, including most recently from the American Council of Learned Societies (2015-2016). In terms of service, Donna has served as President of the Association for Korean Music Research as well as on the Society for Ethnomusicology Council. She is currently serving on the Board of the Society for Ethnomusicology as Treasurer.

Eun-young Jung, Independent Scholar

Dr. Jung earned her Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology in 2007 at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by a Japan-Korea Postdoctoral fellowship. She served as Assistant Director at the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008-2009). She was assistant professor in Integrative Studies at the Music Department and core faculty for Korean Studies, at UC, San Diego (2009-2015). Her research focuses on transnational popular cultural dynamics in and from East Asia and the musical lives of Asians and Asian Americans in the U.S., addressing issues of race, gender and sexuality, ethnicity, and cultural identities. Her recent publications include “Korean Pop Music in Japan: Understanding the Complex Relationship between Japan and Korea in the Popular Culture Realm” in Introducing Japanese Popular Culture (2018), “Seo Taiji Syndrome: Rise of Korean Youth and Cultural Transformation through Global Pop Music Styles in the Early 1990s” in Made in Korea: Studies in Popular Music (2017), “New Wave Formations: K-Pop Idols, Social Media, and the Remaking of the Korean Wave” in Hallyu 2.0: The Korean Wave in the Age of Social Media (2015), “Transnational Migrations and YouTube Sensations: Korean Americans, Popular Music, and Social Media” in Ethnomusicology (2014), and “K-pop Female Idols in the West: Racial Imaginations and Erotic Fantasies” in The Korean Wave: Korean Media Go Global (2013).

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