Conference Archive


World Affairs Council of Seattle – North Korea: What Now?

Fri, Dec 14 at 12:00 PM-2:00 PM
1201 3rd Ave, Seattle, WA 98101, USA

After months of escalating tension between the United States and North Korea, President Trump and Kim Jong-Un held a historic meeting in Singapore, where they signed a joint statement pledging to establish new relations between the two countries, build lasting peace and work towards complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. But how real are these goals? Can diplomacy work with North Korea? Join the World Affairs Council for a lunch discussion with Ambassador Joseph Yun, former United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan, on what to expect in the U.S.-North Korea relationship, the future of North Korean denuclearization plan, and achieving peace on Korean Peninsula.

This event is sponsored by the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea.

About the Speaker

Ambassador Joseph YunAmbassador Joseph Yun is senior adviser to the Asia Program at the United States Institute of Peace. As former US Special Representative for North Korea Policy, he is recognized as one of the nation’s leading experts on relations with North Korea, as well as on broader US-East Asian policy. His 33-year diplomatic career has been marked by his commitment to face-to-face engagement as the best avenue for resolving conflict and advancing cross-border cooperation.

Ambassador Yun previously served as the Special Representative for North Korea Policy from October 2016 to May 2018. He played an instrumental role in reopening the “New York channel,” a direct communication line with officials from Pyongyang. During this time, he concurrently held the position of Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Korea and Japan, responsible for all aspects of bilateral relations with the two treaty allies. He also served as U.S. Ambassador to Malaysia and as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and led efforts to normalize diplomatic relations with Myanmar.

His previous assignments also included Deputy Assistant Secretary for Southeast Asian Affairs, Counselor for Political Affairs in the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, Economic Counselor in the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok, as well as earlier assignments in South Korea, Indonesia, Hong Kong, and France. Ambassador Yun is the recipient of a Presidential Meritorious Service Award, four Superior Honors Awards, and nine Foreign Service Performance Awards from the U.S. State Department.

Ambassador Yun holds degrees from the London School of Economics and the University of Wales. He speaks Korean, Indonesian and French. He is married to Dr. Melanie Billings-Yun. They have one son, Matthew.

The Boeing Company is an underwriting sponsor of all World Affairs Council Community Programs.







“Serialization in Asia” Conference, May 22-23, 2015
Room 337 Husky Union Building (HUB), University of Washington

Organizer: Heekyoung Cho (UW)

Presenters: Heekyoung Cho (UW), Chris Hamm (UW), Bohyeong Kim (University of Massachusetts Amherst), Miriam Kingsberg (University of Colorado), Uliana Kobyakova (Keimyung University, Korea), Ji-Eun Lee (Washington University), Ted Mack (UW),  Suyoung Son (Cornell University), and Bonnie Tilland (UW)

Discussants: Yomi Braester (UW), Jeffrey Knight (UW), Vicente Rafael (UW), and Cynthia Steele (UW)

K-Manhwa, March 28- April 1, 2015


Presentation: “Regional Dynamics in NE Asia and the Future of US – S. Korea Relations”

Panel discussion and Q&A

Korea Peninsula Forum 2014: Northeast Asian Regional Dynamics

Wednesday November 12, 2014
6:00-7:30 PM
Kane Hall – Walker-Ames Room

Speaker: Christopher Hill

For the first ground-breaking event for the Korean Peninsula Forum, Center for Korea Studies invites Christopher Robert Hill, the former United States ambassador to the Republic of Korea and currently the Dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, to give a public presentation. The Korea Peninsula Forum aims at enhancing the understanding and visibility of issues related to the Korean peninsula in the Northwest America and beyond. The Forum is proposed and sponsored by the Center for Korea Studies at University of Washington and will be supported by Korea Foundation.


“Serial Publication in Asia” (Workshop)
April 19, 2014
Organizer: Heekyoung Cho (UW, Korean Literature)

Jennifer Dubrow (UW, Urdu Literature)
Chris Hamm (UW, Modern Chinese Literature)
Suyoung Son (University of Colorado-Boulder, Premodern Chinese Literature)


Korea-Vietnam Workshop
March 21, 2014

Clark Sorensen (UW)
Andrea Arai (UW)
Judith Henchy (UW)
Christoph Giebel (UW)
Charles Armstrong (Columbia)
Laurel Kendall (Columbia)
Peter Zinoman (UC Berkeley)



“The Politics of Honorable Death and Martyrdom in Korean History” (Workshop)
June 8-9, 2013
Co-organizers: Hwasook Nam (UW) and Jungwon Kim (Columbia University)

Jungwon Kim (Columbia, History)
Ho Kim (Kyungin University of Education, History)
Franklin Rausch (Land University, History)
Amanda Swain (UW, History)
Jung Hwan Cheon (Sungkyunkwan University, Cultural studies)

Seung Hee Jeon (Harvard, Comparative literature)
Heekyoung Cho (UW, Literature)



“Spaces of Possibility”
Korea and Japan: In, Between, and Beyond the Nation

September 21-23, 2012

Organizers: Andrea G. Arai (UW), Clark Sorensen (UW)

Working group:
Clark Sorensen (UW), Andrea Arai (UW), Tom Looser (NYU), Chris Nelson (UNC-Chapel Hill), Rob Oppenheim (UTexas), Janet Poole (UToronto)

Other Participants:
Franz Prichara (UCLA), Heekyoung Cho (UW), Hong Sukjong (Cornell U.), Jinsoo An (UC Berkeley), Kyounglae Kang (U. Rochester), Robert Winstanly-chesters (U. Leeds, UK)

Nancy Albelmann (U Illinois), Marilyn Ivy (Columbia), Ken Oshima (UW), Harry Harootunian (NYU Emeritus)

“Spaces of Possibility” is a working conference on contemporary Korea and Japan that seeks to closely consider new kinds of cultural and social spaces that have begun to apepar in teh wake of the Asian economic crisis of the late 1990s. For this conference we have encouraged a new model of collaborative research. Indeed, formulating a new methodology for collaborative research across disciplines, areas, national times, and spaces is an equally important goal of this conference. By visiting both new and old locations in the company of colleagues in the course of researching our papers, we aim to explore the unfamiliarity of the familiar, and bring this explroation into our conference papers. It is in this interaction between our working group members, as well as between the different times and spaces of Korea and Japan in which we hope to discover new possibilities for our research just as we explore the new possibilities emergent in these sites.


Workshop on the International Impact of Colonial Rule in Korea

8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Friday – Saturday, November 19 – 20, 2010

Parrington Hall, Forum

University of Washington, Seattle



November 19 Schedule

November 20 Schedule




Friday, November 19

9:00-9:30 Continental Breakfast

9:30-9:40 Opening Remarks

Clark Sorensen, Director, Center for Korea Studies, University of Washington
Sung-Min Woo, Northeast Asian History Foundation

9:40-12:30 Session I: Colonial Policies for Forging Korea’s Image

Chair: Hongyung Lee (UC Berkeley)

Presenter: Hak-joon Kim (The Dong-A Daily)
Title: “A Devil Appears in A Different Dress: Imperial Japan’s Deceptive Propaganda for the Rationalization of Making Korea Its Colony”

Presenter: Sang-sook Jeon (Yonsei University)
Title: “Modern Japanese International Relations and the Chosun Issue”

Presenter: Andre Schmid (University of Toronto)
Title: “Japanese Propaganda in the United States from 1905”

Presenter: Naoko Shimazu (University of London)
Title: “Publicizing Colonies: Visual Representations of ‘Korea’ and ‘Koreans’ in NIPPON

Discussants: Kan Kimura (Kobe University), Kenneth Pyle (University of Washington), Ted Mack (University of Washington)

12:30-1:30 Commons (Catered Lunch)

1:30-4:30 Session II: Colonial Korea’s Perception of Foreign Societies

Chair: Donald Hellmann (University of Washington)

Presenter: Dong-no Kim (Yonsei University)
Title: “Korean Elites’ Perception of the World”

Presenter: Yong-chool Ha (University of Washington)
Title: “The Impact of the Colonial Situation on International Perspectives in Korea: Active Imagination, Wishful Strategies, and Passive Action”

Presenter: Yu-mi Moon (Stanford University)
Title: “American Movies and Perceptions of America in Wartime Colonial Korea: 1931-1942”

Discussants: Ihn-hwi Park (Ewah Womens’ University), Hwasook Nam (University of Washington)

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Saturday, November 20

9:00-9:30 Continental Breakfast

9:30-12:30 Session III: Foreign Societies’ Perception of Colonial Korea

Chair: Anand Yang (University of Washington)

Presenter: Daeyeol Ku (Ewha Womens’ University)
Title: “British and American Perception of Korea during the Colonial Period”

Presenter: Sergey Kurbanov (St. Petersburg State University)
Title: “Russian View of Koreans and Japanese Colonization of Korea in the First Quarter of the 20th Century”

Presenter: Kezhi Sun (Fudan University)
Title: “Modern Chinese Understanding of Colonial Korea”

Discussants: Hongyung Lee (UC Berkeley), Yong-chool Ha (University of Washington), Madeline Dong (University of Washington)

12:30-2:00 Catered Lunch and Roundtable Discussion

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Woon-do Choi NEAHF
Sung-min Woo NEAHF
Sang-sook Jeon Yonsei University
Andre Schmid University of Toronto
Naoko Shimazu University of London
Dong-no Kim Yonsei University
Yong-chool Ha University of Washington
Yu-mi Moon Stanford University
Hak-joon Kim The Dong-A Daily
Sergey Kurbanov St. Petersburg State University
Kezhi Sun Fudan University


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Organized by the University of Washington Center for Korea Studies.

Sponsored by the Northeast Asia History Foundation and Academy of Korea Studies.

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North Korean Nuclear Politics:

Constructing a New Northeast Asian Order in the Twenty-First Century

8:30 am – 5:00 pm

Thursday – Friday, June 4 – 5, 2009

Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 310

University of Washington, Seattle

Conference Schedule

June 4 Schedule

June 5 Schedule



Thursday, June 4, 2009
Husky Union Building (HUB) 310)

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 9:30 am Opening Ceremony

Anand Yang, Director, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington

Clark Sorensen, Director, Center for Korea Studies, University of Washington

Myoung Kyu Park, Director, Institute for Unification and Peace Studies, Seoul National University

Yong-Chool Ha, Professor, University of Washington

9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Session I

Nuclear Strategy and North Korea: Understanding the Nexus between External Policies and the Domestic Political Economy

Myoung Kyu Park
, Seoul National University

K. A. Namkung
, Senior Advisor to Governor Bill Richardson
Byong Ro Kim, Seoul National University

10:00 am

North Korea’s Nuclear Strategy and Domestic Politics

Samuel Kim, Columbia University

10:45 am

Nuclear Politics and Economic System Reforms

Stephan Haggard, University of California, San Diego

11:30 am

Coffee Break

11:45 am

North Korea’s Changing Perception of the World

Seong Ji Woo, Kyung Hee University

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm


1:30 pm – 4:45 pm

Session II

The Nuclear Talks and North Korea’s Bilateral Relations

Mel Gurtov
, Portland State University

Hong Yung Lee
, University of California – Berkeley
David Bachman, University of Washington
Chae Jin Lee, Claremont McKenna College

1:30 pm

Continuity and Change: The Prospects for US-North Korea Relations During the Obama Administration

Kyung-Ae Park, University of British Columbia

2:15 pm

Inter-Korean Relations

Myoung Kyu Park, Seoul National University

Byong Ro Kim, Seoul National University

3:00 pm

Coffee Break

3:15 pm

Japan-North Korea Relations

Haruki Wada, Tokyo University

4:00 pm

The Changing Nature of Sino-Korean Relations in the Context of the Nuclear Talks

Cai Jian, Fudan University

Friday, June 5, 2009

Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 310

8:30 am – 9:00 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am – 11:30 am

Session III

Nuclear Politics and Regional Order

Hong Yung Lee
, University of California – Berkeley

Mel Gurtov
, Portland State University
Carol Kessler, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Chae-Han Kim, Hallym University

9:00 am

Perception of North Korea as a Rational Actor: A Critical Inventory

Yong-Chool Ha, University of Washington

Chaesung Chun, Seoul National University

9:45 am

From Nuclear Talks to Regional Institutions

Scott Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations

10:30 am

Coffee Break

10:45 am

The Six Party Talks and the Energy-Security Nexus: Laying the Foundation for Multilateral Cooperation in Northeast Asia

Donald Hellmann, University of Washington

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Lunch

12:30 pm – 1:00 pm


A Synthetic Overview of the Meeting and the Perspective of the Obama Administration in the Shadow of the Global Economic Crisis

Ambassador Morton Abramowitz, The Century Foundation

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Session IV

Roundtable Discussion

Chae Jin Lee
, Claremont McKenna College

2:45 pm

Coffee Break

3:00 pm

Concluding Remarks

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Conference Participants

Morton Abramowitz, The Century Foundation

David Bachman, University of Washington

Chaesung Chun, Seoul National University

Mel Gurtov, Portland State University

Yong-Chool Ha, University of Washington

Stephan Haggard, University of California, San Diego

Donald Hellmann, University of Washington

Cai Jian, Fudan University

Chris Jones, University of Washington

Carol Kessler, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Byong Ro Kim, Seoul National University

Chae-Han Kim, Hallym University

Samuel Kim, Columbia University

Sean Kreyling, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Chae Jin Lee, Claremont McKenna College

Hong Yung Lee, University of California, Berkeley

K. A. Namkung, Senior Advisor to Governor Bill Richardson

Kyung-Ae Park, University of British Columbia

Myoung Kyu Park, Seoul National University

Scott Snyder, Council on Foreign Relations

Clark Sorensen, University of Washington

Haruki Wada, Tokyo University

Seong Ji Woo, Kyung Hee University

Anand Yang, University of Washington

Conference Sponsors

Organized by the University of Washington Center for Korea Studies and the Seoul National University Institute of Unification and Peace Studies.

Sponsored by the Academy for Korean Studies and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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The Literature of Liberation Space: A Conference on Korean Literature 1945-1950

October 31-November 1, 2008
Husky Union Building (HUB), Room 310

Conference Schedule
Library Exhibit and Reception

Literature of Liberation Space Poster

Registration is recommended but not mandatory. To register, please email your name and affiliation to Young Sook Lim at or call (206) 543-4873.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 30
Special Event: North Korean Movie Showing

5:00-6:30 pm Film: “용광로” (Yongkwangno / The Crucible), 1949
Allen Library Auditorium
Friday, October 31
8:30-9:00 am Coffee and Donuts
9:00-11:00 am Session I: The Discource of Liberation Space
On the Concept of Liberation Space
Clark Sorensen, Korea Studies, University of Washington
Contextualizing Korean Liberation Space in World Literature
David McCann, Korean Literature, Harvard University
11:00 am-12:00 pm Lunch
12:15-2:15 pm Session II: New Imaginaries
A Journey Through Time and Across Empires: Yi T’ae-jun’s Post-Colonial Imagination
Janet Poole, East Asian Studies, University of Toronto
“Liberation Space” Travelogues: Dividing Korea into the Global Cold War Order
Theodore Hughes, Korean Literature, Columbia University
2:15-2:30 pm Break
2:30-5:00 pm Session III: Classical Literature in Liberation Space
Telling History with Literature
Jiwon Shin, East Asian Languages and Culture, University of California, Berkeley
Rewriting the “Real” Text: Park T’aewon’s Hong Kil-Tong Chon
Leif Olsen, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
Searching for the “Chosŏnness:” How to Read Chong Chi-Yong’s Mountain Poems
Wook-jin Jeong, Asian Languages and Literature, University of Washington
5:30-6:30 pm Exhibit & Reception: UW East Asia Library Liberation Space Collection
Allen Library Lobby (Exhibit)
East Asia Library Reading Room (Reception)
Saturday, November 1
8:30-9:00 am Coffee and Donuts
9:00-11:00 am Session IV: (Title TBD)
On Writing Well in Korean: Literary Style Manuals from “Liberation Space”
Ross King, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
Literature Written for Children in Liberation Space
Dafna Zur, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
11:00 am-12:00 pm Lunch
12:15-2:15 pm Session V: Examples from Left and Right
Mongnŏmi maŭl ŭi kae: Stories of Haebang konggan by Hwang Sun-wŏn
Bruce Fulton, Asian Studies, University of British Columbia
Red Love and Socialist Modernity in the Creation of North Korea
Ruth Barraclough, Asian Studies, Australian National University
2:15-2:30 pm Break
2:30-4:30 pm Session VI: Liberation Space: Its Significance for Korean Literature
Title TBD
Peter Lee, Korean Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
Title TBD
Young Min Kwon, Korean Literature, Seoul National University
4:30-5:00 pm Concluding Remarks

Library Exhibit and Reception

In celebration of “The Literature of Liberation Space” conference, you are cordially invited to attend the opening reception of the exhibit,

Voices from Liberation Space,

on Friday, October 31, 2008, 5:30 – 6:30 pm
George Beckmann Reading Room
East Asia Library

The exhibit will be feature in the Allen Library North Lobby from October 31, 2008 – December 31, 2008.

To RSVP, please call Hyokyoung Yi at (206) 543-6603 or email

Voices from Liberation Space Library Poster

Sponsored by the University of Washington Center for Korea Studies,
the Academy of Korean Studies,
the University of Washington East Asia Library,
and the University of Washington Department of Asian Languages & Literature