ICJS Lecture Seriese: "Boom or Bust: Korea in Japanese Pop Culture & Politics"

A panel discussion addressing Japan-Korea relations

March 31, 2005, Thursday
7:30 p.m.
Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall 206 (access)
This lecture is free and open to the general public, but space may be limited. RSVP is not required: seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Korea is in the news in ways unimaginable just a few years ago, with Japan experiencing a cultural "boom" in Korean culture, cuisine, consumerism and mass media. In addition to the refreshing shift in Japanese popular perceptions of Korea - long the country "so near but far away" - there is ongoing concern about the more troubling aspects of abductions from Japan and security considerations on the peninsula, particularly the Six-Party Talks and an avowedly nuclear North Korea.

Helping shed light on this interesting juxtaposition of booming popular culture and alarming security considerations is a panel session of Korea experts hosted by Temple University, Japan Campus's Institute of Contemporary Japanese Studies.

Following a discussion on how these parallel developments may evolve in the months ahead, the expert panel will facilitate a dialogue in an open forum discussion.


David Satterwhite (Moderator)
Dr. Satterwhite is the Executive Director of The Japan-United States Educational Commission (Fulbright Japan), now in its 53rd year in Japan as an important bi-national funding source for academic scholarships between the two countries. The Fulbright Program operates in 180 countries worldwide. In his previous position he was Managing Director Japan of The Economist Conferences, in which capacity he oversaw the Economist Corporate Network-Japan -- The Economist Group's exclusive membership program for senior managers in Japan and the Asia-Pacific region.

After an upbringing and undergraduate studies in Japan, Satterwhite pursued graduate degrees from the University of Washington in Seattle, earning an MA in Korean Regional Studies (1979) and a Ph.D. in Political Science, with a concentration in Comparative, IR, International Political Economy, and the Politics of Korea (1994). The latter studies were assisted by a year-long Fulbright grant spent at Korea University in Seoul (1986-87).

His professional careers include: university-level instruction for eight years, including courses in Korean Politics; a commitment to work on human rights and democratization issues, including an interim directorship of the North American Coalition for Human Rights in Korea. As managing director of The Economist Group-Japan, he organized Roundtables with the Government of Korea, in Seoul, in which the Prime Minister and President Kim Dae-Jung participated. He has held his current position since 2004, and continues to follow developments in NE Asia and on the Korean peninsula closely.

Gavan McCormack
Gavan McCormack is professor of Japanese History in the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies at the Australian National University and (2003 to 2005) visiting professor at International Christian University in Tokyo. His most recent book is 'Target North Korea: Pushing North Korea to the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe,' (Nation Books, 2004), (published by Heibonsha in 2004 as 'Kita Chosen wa do Kangaeru no ka').

Dr. McCormack was educated at Melbourne and London universities, with a Ph.D. in History from London University in 1974. He has taught at the Universities of Leeds (UK), La Trobe (Melbourne), and Adelaide, and has been a visiting professor at Kobe University, Kyoto University, Ritsumeikan University, and Tsukuba University.

Professor McCormack has lived and worked in Japan since first visiting as a student in 1962, and is the author of a dozen books on various aspects of modern Japanese, Korean, and Chinese history. His recent works include 'Multicultural Japan: Paleolithic to Postmodern' (edited with Donald Denoon, Mark Hudson, and Tessa Morris-Suzuki), (Cambridge University Press, 2002); 'Japan's Contested Constitution' (edited with Glenn Hook) (London, 2001); and 'The Emptiness of Japanese Affluence' (M. E. Sharpe, 2001), (published by Misuzu shobo in 1998 as 'Kuukyo na rakuen'.

Yasuyo Sakata
Yasuyo Sakata is Associate Professor of International Communication at Kanda University's Department of International Studies. Professor Sakata has also lectured at Keio University, the University of Tokyo (Institute of Oriental Studies), the United Nations University (Tokyo), and the National Defense Academy (Yokosuka) (Graduate Security Studies Program). She was a member of the Defense and Diplomacy Study Group (Japan Defense Agency), 2001-2003, Japan Institute of International Affairs, "Northeast Asia Security and Japan" Project, 2003-2005.

Professor Sakata received her B.A. and M.A. in political science from Keio University and was a security studies program scholar at the Research Institute for Peace and Security (Heiwa Anzen Hoshou Kenkyujo, Tokyo) from 1992-94. She is the co-author of 'Heiki no Kakusan Bousi to Yushutsu Kanri (Export Control: A Strategy for Preventing Weapons Proliferatoin)'; '9.11 igo no Amerika to Sekai (America and the World after 9.11)'; 'Chousen Sensou- Kyusen 50 shuunen no Kenshou (Korean War)' and co-translator of works such as John Lewis Gaddis's ''The Long Peace'. Professor Sakata is a frequent commentator on Japan-Korea security issues for media such as the Asahi Shimbun, NHK/BS news, CNN, and ABC Radio (Australia).

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