Migrant Voices Between Korea and China: Politis, Literature, and Translation in Kim San's "Song of Arirang" and Cheon Unyeong's "Farewell, Circus"

Friday, September 7, 2018 at 3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), 240
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

The ethnic Korean minority in China have emerged in recent years as important political and cultural mediators between China and the two Koreas, while also growing more assertive of their own autonomous identity from all three East Asian nation-states.  Timed with the inauguration of the Magpie Series in Modern and Contemporary Korean Literature at Kaya Press, this symposium brings together writers, academics, and cultural producers to reflect on the politics of historical and contemporary diaspora of the Korean Chinese and the literary translation of migrant voices.  The event will center on two opening publications of Magpie Series: the expanded edition of Kim San and Nym Wales's Song of Arirang, a biography of a Korean revolutionary in 1930s China, and the first English translation of Cheon Unyeong's Farewell, Circus, a rare novel about Korean-Chinese intermarriage.  The symposium will feature presentations by Choen Unyeong and Jinim Park, respectively writer and translator of Farewell, Circus, and by the editor of Song of Arirang Prof. Dongyoun Hwang (Saka University).  They will be joined by USC and UCLA faculty and student respondents.


Sponsored by the Daesan Foundation in Korea, Kaya Press, and several USC institutions: the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Department of History, the East Asian Studies Center, the Korean Heritage Library, the Korean Humanities Group, and the Korean Studies Institute.

Event Type

Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus

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