AEMS Educator Workshop: Teaching Korea
In conjunction with the Asian Film Festival
This free workshop was offered to local educators as an opportunity to explore the use of some of the films screened at our Asian Film Festival as teachers tools. We invited speakers from around the country to give presentations. Twenty-five Illinois educators, from elemetary school through college, attended the workshop.
The original announcement of the workshop is available as a PDF download here.
The Spring 2007 issue of the AEMS newsletter reviewed these films, along with an overview of the “Korean Wave” phenomenon.
Heinz Insu Fenkl
Dr. Fenkl spoke about the Korean animated feature film, Empress Chung, as a window into Korean culture. He provided historical both for the history of animation in Korea and for the traditional folktale of Shim Chung, on which this film is based. Empress Chung is suitable for elementary and possibly middle school students.
Professor Fenkl is director of the both the Creative Writing Program and the Interstitial Studies Institute at the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. He is the author of two novels, including, Memories of My Ghost Brother (Dutton Books, 1996), an autobiographical novel about his bi-racial childhood in 1960s Korea.
Film Council (KOFIC)'s page about Empress Chung
Heinz Insu Fenkl's website
Dr. Magnan-Park's presentation, entitled “Globalizing Korean Culture: ‘Korean Fever' and South Korean Cinema,” discussed the unexpected global success of South Korean cultural products. This phenomenon is often referred to as “hallyu,” or “Korean Fever.”
Dr. Magnan-Park is Assistant Professor of Film, Television and Theatre at the University of Notre Dame. He has published several articles on South Korean and Hong Kong cinema.
Oasis on Metacritic
Interview with Lee Jeong-hyang
Dr. Moon discussed the significance of the male-only conscription system to the social and economic organization of contemporary Korean society, providing the broad social and cultural context to understand the film The Unforgiven. Professor Moon is Associate Professor of Sociology and Director of the Asian Studies Program at Vassar College. She is the author of Militarized Modernity and Gendered Citizenship in South Korea (Duke University Press, 2005) and is currently editing a volume entitled Gender and Sexuality in the Global U.S. Military Empire.
For links related to the film The Unforgiven, click here.
Ms. Park used the film Please Teach Me English as an opening to discuss the South Korean ambivalence towards learning English. Although English competency is broadly recognized as important to social mobility, many Koreans openly or privately resent it as a destroyer of Korean national identity.
Ms. Park has just completed a dissertation on this topic in the Linguistics Department at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Dr. Prescott is Associate Director of the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Last Updated July 27, 2012