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North and South Korea: Where We Are At

View of Seoul, South Korea - Photo by Ciaran O'Brien on Unsplash.

About the “Where We Are At” Series

With a 24-hour uninterrupted, busy news cycle, it can be difficult to stay updated on East Asia and to grasp the relevance of the news we see. This online program series helps teachers with a recap of how China, Xinjiang, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan stand on the domestic and international stage, provides a summary and the specific context of what happened in each East Asian country in the last few months, and allows for a place for teachers to ask questions to a regional expert. Whether you closely follow East Asia or want to learn more about why you should be paying attention to it, this program is a great occasion to deepen your knowledge and understanding.

Teachers join the EARC staff and guest speakers from the faculty of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and other regional experts for a discussion on the contextual relevance of recent and current events.

This program is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).

These are stand-alone programs, and teachers can sign up for as many as they would like. The fourth event of this series focused on North and South Korea and was led by Professor Albert Park.

If you would like to sign up for the upcoming session of this series, just follow the links for the Hong Kong session.

North and South Korea: Where We Are At Session

Date: Tuesday, November 9, 2021.

Time: 5:00 to 7:00 PM, Pacific Time.

This was an online program. Participants received a Zoom link the day before the event.

Regional Expert

Professor Albert Park is the Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies at Claremont McKenna College. As a historian of modern Korea and East Asia, his current research project focuses on the roots of environmentalism in modern Korean history and its relationship to locality and local autonomy. This book project is tentatively titled Imagining Nature and the Creation of Environmental Movements in Modern Korea. He is the author of Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea and is the co-editor of Encountering Modernity: Christianity and East Asia. Dr. Park is the Co-Principal Investigator of EnviroLab Asia—a Henry Luce Foundation-funded initiative at the Claremont Colleges ($1.5 million award) that carries out research on environmental issues in Asia through a cross disciplinary lens. Alongside being an Associate Editor at the Journal of Asian Studies, he is the Co-Editor of the book series Environments of East Asiaa multidisciplinary book series on environmental issues in East Asia that is published by Cornell University Press. He is the recipient of four Fulbright Fellowships for Research, an Abe Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and fellowships from the Korea Foundation and the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Chicago. A native of Chicago, he received his B.A. with honors from Northwestern University, an M.A. from Columbia University and Ph.D. in History from the University of Chicago.


Two free WA OSPI clock hours were available for participants who requested them.