The English Department Presents “Black Korea, 1950-53: African Americans and the Conflict in Korea”

This evening, Daniel Kim, Associate Professor of English at Brown University, will lecture about Black Korea, 1950-53: African Americans and the Conflict in Korea.

The talk is taken from Professor Kim’s current book project, The Korean War in Color.  In it, Kim examines U.S. cultural representations of the Korean War in an interracial and transnational framework, focusing on depictions of Asians, Asian Americans and African Americans.  Working against the historical erasure of this event, the book returns us to novels, films, and journalistic accounts from the 1950s to bring into focus the watershed role that the war played in the framing of dominant liberal narratives of race and empire.

Daniel Kim is the author of Writing Manhood in Black and Yellow: Ralph Ellison, Frank Chin, and the Literary Politics of Identity (Stanford University Press, 2005).  Generated at the intersections of feminist, gender, gay/lesbian and ethnic studies, this book examines literary representations of racialized masculinity, and it is the firststudy to do so in a comparative – African American and Asian American – context.  He has published essays in American Literary History, Criticism, Journal of Asian American Studies, and Novel: A Forum on Fiction.

Date: TONIGHT, April 6th

Time: 6 PM

Place: Downey House Room 113

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