You are invited to attend the 13th UQ Korean Studies Webinar exploring issues in Korean thoughts embedded in “Squid Games” and Korean ethnic identity hosted by the Korean Studies Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia

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Presentation 1 (in English) at 3-4pm, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 (AEST)

Topic: From Zero to Hero: “Squid Games” as an Analogy of Mencius’ Theory of Self-Cultivation

Speaker: Dr Dan B. Jung is specializing in the thoughts of the Hundred Schools of the pre-Qin China and their influence on modern Korean society. She currently lectures at Seoul National University, using Korean popular culture references to make Asian Philosophy easy for students both foreign and domestic. She also localizes Korean Webtoons at Ridibooks for English readers. Her research ranges from papers such as “A New Interpretation of the Gongsun Longzi: The White Horse as an Analogy for Human Nature” to analysis on Daoist impact on Korean reality TV show hosts in the 21st century.

Discussant: Dr Narah Lee (SLC, The University of Queensland) and MC: H.A. Prof Jae-Hoon Jung (Co-Director, KSC, The University of Queensland).

Presentation 2 (in English) at 4-5pm, Wednesday, 18 May 2022 (AEST)

Topic: Identity and Heritage Language Learning among Mixed-heritage Korean New Zealanders

Speaker: Dr Mi Yung Park is Senior Lecturer in Asian Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. Her research interests include heritage language education, language ideology, bilingualism and bidialectalism, and language and identity. Her work has appeared in such journals as International Journal of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, International Multilingual Research Journal, Language and Education, Language and Intercultural Communication, Language Awareness, Classroom Discourse, and Journal of Pragmatics.

Discussant: Dr Min Jung Jee (SLC, The University of Queensland) and MC: Dr Isaac Lee (Co-Director, KSC, The University of Queensland).


Brisbane, Australia: Wednesday 18 May 2022 from 3-5pm

Auckland, New Zealand: Wednesday 18 May 2022 from 5-7pm

Seoul, Korea: Wednesday 18 May 2022 from 2-4pm