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

Colloquium | May 1 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library

 Eun-young Jung, Independent Scholar; Franck Bille, UC Berkeley

 Brian Baumann, UC Berkeley

 Peter K. Marsh, Cal State East Bay; Donna Kwon, University of Kentucky; Charlotte D'Evelyn, Loyola Marymount University; Kendra Van Nyhuis, UC Berkeley; Marissa Smith, San Jose State; Stephanie Choi, UC Santa Barbara

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS)

A panel of scholars discuss and compare emergent themes in popular culture and politics in Korea and Mongolia.


Brian BAUMANN, UC Berkeley

Brian holds a Ph.D. in Mongolian Studies from Indiana University. His pursuit of Mongolian Studies stems from a two-year tenure in Mongolia with the Peace Corps, 1991-93. His dissertation concerns a specific text, a manual of Mongolian Buddhist astral science, which he transcribes, translates, and analyses in terms of the art and science to the making of an almanac and the function almanacs serve in Mongolian Buddhist tradition. Currently he is working on a book project concerning a Mongolian verse treatise on salvation in Sa skya pa tradition.

Franck BILLE, UC Berkeley

Franck Billé’s core research interest centers on borders, territoriality and sovereignty. His current monograph, tentatively called Somatic States: On Cartography, Geobodies, Bodily Integrity, is a study of the affective force of mapping. The book’s core thesis is that cultural representations of the nation-state are undergirded and sustained by corporeal analogies. Somatic States argues that this language is not simply poetic or metaphoric but that it reflects a genuine association of the individual body with the national outline, and that this identification has been greatly facilitated by the emergence of the national map. A second project, which led to a recent special issue of Cultural Anthropology, challenges the horizontality of cartographic representations and proposes volumetric boundaries as an analytical framework to theorize the actual operation and management of territorial sovereignty. Franck’s previous work, on race and ethnicity, was published with the University of Hawai'i Press (Sinophobia 2015, Yellow Perils 2018). More information about his research is available at www.franckbille.com.

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.

Charlotte D'EVELYN, Loyola Marymount University

Charlotte D’Evelyn is a faculty member in Asian Studies at Loyola Marymount University where she teaches courses on Asian popular culture, mythology, and folklore. She just accepted a one-year position in the music department at Pomona College, where she will serve as Visiting Assistant Professor of ethnomusicology for the 2018-2019 academic year. She has been conducting research on music and ethnic politics in Inner Mongolia since 2009 and is finishing a book on the subject for publication in 2020 through University of Hawai’i Press.

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).

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.

Peter K. MARSH, Cal State East Bay

Peter K. Marsh is an ethnomusicologist and music historian who specializes in the music and culture of Mongolia and Inner Asia. He has written extensively on issues related to musical tradition and popular music in Mongolia. His book, The Horse-head Fiddle and the Reimagination of Tradition in Mongolia (Routledge 2014), examines the development of two-string folk fiddles and their folklorization in Mongolia in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. He has presented his research widely in the fields of ethnomusicology and Mongolian Studies and has lectured about Mongolian music at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, American Museum of Natural History, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, and the National University of Mongolia. He served as the founding Resident Director of the American Center for Mongolian Studies, an academic-oriented non-government organization based in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. He is currently Associate Professor of Musicology and Ethnomusicology at California State University, East Bay.

Kendra Van NYHUIS, UC Berkeley

Kendra Van Nyhuis is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at University of California Berkeley. Her dissertation interrogates the exchanges and collaborations of Korean and foreign musicians in the underground rock scene in Seoul. More specifically, her work examines networks, urban spaces, race, gender and labor associated with rock performance in a scene that is both locally and globally focused. Her fieldwork was funded by a Fulbright Junior Scholar research grant.

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.