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Brown Bag Lunch: Youth for Nation – Culture and Protest in Cold War South Korea

April 26, 2019, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In 1960, South Korean students overthrew the government in the April 19th Students’ Revolution. In this talk, historian Charles Kim advances a cultural explanation of that seminal event. After Korea’s liberation from Japanese rule in 1945, and especially after the 1950-1953 Korean War, media and statist texts called upon students to serve the rebuilding nation by emulating the youthful protestors who had participated in the anticolonial resistance movement of March First (1919). This patriotic education inadvertently prepared students for the antigovernment protests of April 19th and helped solidify upstanding youth protest as a cornerstone of national identity.

Charles Kim is an associate professor in the Department of History at UW-Madison.

For more information, contact Nan Kim (ynkp@uwm.edu) or Aragorn Quinn (quinna@uwm.edu).



April 26, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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