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CANCELLED: Reflections on The Intimate University in the light of the "2000s" Internationalization of the American Undergraduate Student Body

By Nancy Abelmann, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign / Korea Colloquium Series

Wednesday, January 12, 2011
2:00 PM
11377 Bunche Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095

This lecture will introduce the primary arguments made in The Intimate University about the ways in which Korean American students at the University of Illinois navigated the burden of racial stereotypes, foremost their image as instrumental strivers. For many, this meant working hard to appear to be anything but students motivated only by material rewards – an effort made both in and beyond the large and largely Korean American student church. Deeply motivated to realize liberal ideals at college, many Korean American students were dogged by the realities of their often quite uniformly Korean American social lives. The speaker will illustrate these arguments with some of her own favorite ethnographic vignettes from the book. In the second part of the talk, she will turn to her new collaborative research on the rapid internationalization of undergraduates at the University of Illinois, where over 7% of the student body are Chinese and South Korean citizens (a trend that reflects the national scene). The speaker will reconsider her arguments in The Intimate University in relation to this new student population, and ask what challenges these new students pose to our universities and times.

Nancy Abelmann is Associate Vice Chancellor for Research (Humanities, Arts and Related Fields) and the Harry E. Preble Professor of Anthropology, Asian American Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Gender & Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. ; She co-directs the Ethnography of the University Initiative (EUI, and served as the director of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies from 2005-2008. She has published books on social movements in contemporary South Korea; women and social mobility in post-colonial South Korea; Korean America; and South Korean film; and most recently, The Intimate University: Korean American Students and the Problems of Segregation (Duke University Press, 2009). She is a co-editor of forthcoming No Alternative? Experiments in South Korean Education (Berkeley: Global, Area, and International Archive / University of California Press, 2011) and of in-progress South Korea’s Education Exodus: The Life and Times of Pre-College Study Abroad and Fragile Cosmopolitans: Sketches from South Korean Youth. With psychologist Sumie Okazaki she is writing Domestic Toil: How Korean American Teens and Parents Navigate Immigrant America based on field and survey research in Chicagoland.

This event is free and open to the public.

Cost : Free


Sponsor(s): , Asian American Studies Center, Gender Studies

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