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Feminist Politics in Korea & The Korean Diaspora

Feminist Politics in Korea & The Korean Diaspora

These conversations with social activists and film makers are a public-facing component of a UCLA undergraduate course. With topics ranging from queer and transgender politics to disability and reproductive justice, from transnational adoption and anti-violence to prison abolition and migrant justice, the conversations emphasizes intersectional feminist praxis and the transformative power of solidarity.


Wednesday, May 26, 2021
3:45 PM - 4:45 PM (Pacific Time)

This event is the very first of a series of public-facing conversations with social justice activists and filmmakers invited to a UCLA undergraduate course (Gender Studies 131, Feminist Politics in Korea and the Korean Diaspora). With topics ranging from queer and transgender politics to reproductive justice, from transnational adoption and anti-violence activism to prison abolition and migrant justice, the conversations emphasize intersectional feminist praxis and the transformative power of solidarity. For more information about the series and other speakers, please visit otherwise.net/feminist.

Our next conversation is on Wednesday, May 26 with Na Young and Yurim Lee.   

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Na Young is a former student activist and a long-time queer feminist activist who has previously worked with Cultural Action 문화연대 and Global Action Network/Feminist School NGA/SF). She is a co-founder and current representative of Center for Sexual rigHts And Reproductive justicE (SHARE) and a key part of the recent effort to decriminalize abortion in South Korea. Na Young has been active part of the Rainbow Action Against the Discrimination of Sexual Minorities as well as Solidarity Action for Anti-discrimination Law Enactment, and has published numerous essays and editorials concerning religious fundamentalism, sexual politics, and reproductive justice. Her recent writings appear in Feminism without border: Feminist Response to Yemenese Refugees in Jeju (2019) and Battleground: Sexual Politics around the Criminalization of Abortion and Reproductive Justice (2018).

Yurim Lee is a reproductive justice activist and co-founder of Center for Sexual rigHts And Reproductive justicE (SHARE), a recipient of the Human Rights Advocates of the Year Award by the National Human Rights Commission in 2019. She was a key part of Solidarity Action for Anti-discrimination Law Enactment. Currently a PhD student in Gender Studies at UCLA, Lee is pursuing research on connections between reproductive justice, state-led population control, and transnational adoptions from South Korea. Her writings appear in Battleground: Sexual Politics around the Criminalization of Abortion and Reproductive Justice (2018) and Meritocracy and Inequality (2020), both in Korean.  

 Ju Hui Judy Han is a cultural geographer and Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCLA, where she teaches classes on gender and sexuality, Korean studies, (im)mobilities, and comics. Her research and publications concern conservative religious formations, queer activism, and protest cultures. Judy grew up in Seoul and has lived and worked in Los Angeles, Berkeley/Oakland, Vancouver, and Toronto.

 



Sponsor(s): Center for Korean Studies, Department of Gender Studies, Asian American Studies Center, UCLA Center for the Study of WomenGYOPO

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