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Youngmi Kim, Personal Narratives of Modernization from Rural South Korea

Youngmi Kim, Kookmin University

October 5, 2016

3:30-5:00 PM, Communications #202
Friday October 14, 2016

Youngmi Kim is Associate Professor of Korean history at Kookmin University in Seoul, Korea. She earned her Ph.D. from the Korean History Department at Seoul National University in 2005 with a study of the politics of government mobilization schemes targeting neighborhoods. That study developed into her 2009 book, Tongwŏn kwa chŏhang: Haebang chŏnhu Sŏul ŭi chumin sahoesa [Mobilization and resistance: Social history of Seoul residents around the time of liberation]. In recent years she has been conducting research on South Korea’s rural modernization program, the Saemaŭl (“New Village”) Movement, of the Park Chung Hee era (1961-1979), through field work and using oral history methodology. She published a well received book on the topic, Kŭdŭl ŭi Saemaŭl undong: Han maŭl kwa han nongch’on undongga rŭl t’onghaesŏ pon minjungdŭl ŭi Saemaŭl undong iyagi [Their Saemaŭl Movement: Saemaŭl Movement stories of the people seen through a village and a farmer activist], also in 2009, which has been translated into Chinese and Japanese.

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