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Status past Date 2019-05-13 
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EventName LTI Korea Holds 2019 Zainichi Korean Literature Research Symposium, Zainichi Korean Writers’ Discussion on Literature
Period 2019-04-13 ~ 2019-04-13
Place Japan

LTI Korea Holds 2019 Zainichi Korean Literature Research Symposium, Zainichi Korean Writers’ Discussion on Literature

 

On April 13th, 2019, the Literature Translation Institute of Korea (LTI Korea) held the 2019 Zainichi Korean Literature Research Symposium and the Zainichi Korean Writers’ Discussion on Literature.

 

▲ Poster for the 2019 Zainichi Korean Literature Research Symposium

 

The Zainichi Korean Literature Research Symposium took place at the Korean YMCA in Japan, and was co-hosted by LTI Korea, the Institute for Korean Studies at Waseda University, and the Institute for Japanese Studies at Dongguk University, and was funded by the Korean Cultural Center in Japan. The symposium provided an opportunity to review the results of research in the field thus far, and allowed new scholars of Zainichi Korean literature to share their myriad findings.

 

Part 1 of the symposium took place in the morning. Waseda University professor Hotei Toshihiro led the discussion on the theme of “The Past and Present of Zainichi Korean Literature Studies.” Researcher Song Hyewon, Tokyo University PhD student Cho Su-il, and Tokyo University instructor Takahashi Azusa also gave presentations during the session, which ended with a discussion between the four speakers. The morning session covered topics such as the accomplishments and challenges in the field of Korean literary studies in Japan, the issue of decolonization—a specific category of Zainichi Korean literature studies—as well as the division of the Korean Peninsula, bilingualism, readers of literature, and pre-1945 literature.

 

Sookmyung Women’s University professor Kwon Seong-u. The session was composed of presentations from Korean scholars: Professor Lee Seungjin of Konkuk University, Professor Shin Seungmo of Kyungsung University, and Dongguk University researcher Han Jung Sun. The topics covered included experiences of Zainichi Korean literature, contemporary Japanese pop culture, and literature published in Zainichi magazines.

 

The open discussion session involved Japan-based scholars of Korean literature, publishers, members of the press, and readers. Approximately 150 participants in total filled the venue, which hosted a spirited discussion and Q&A session between speakers and audiences, and between audience members. Seats were packed all throughout the symposium (from 10AM to 5PM) in a show of local enthusiasm for Zainichi Korean literature and Korean literature.

 

 

▲ The open discussion session at the Zainichi Korean Literature Research Symposium

 

The symposium was followed in the evening by the Zainichi Korean Writers’ Discussion on Literature. First-generation Zainichi Korean writers Kim Seok Beom, author of Zainichi masterpiece Hwasando, and Yang Sok-il, author of Blood and Bones, were among those participating in the event.

 

President Kim Sa-in of LTI Korea opened the event with a moving expression of gratitude to the Zainichi Korean authors, and a show of respect for the hardships they experienced. The event was full of optimism and hope that Zainichi writers and readers will help heal one another’s wounds and forge a new path for the future together. Writer Kim Seok Beom delivered the keynote address in impeccable Korean in spite of his advanced age, exploring the idea of literature, memory, and language in connection with his experiences as a writer and with the unique circumstances that define Zainichi Korean literature. Yang Sok-il also spoke in spite of health difficulties, and shared his opinions on the meaning of writing literature as a Zainichi Korean in a presentation that moved those in attendance.

 

The presentations from the veteran writers were followed by a discussion led by Professor Kwon Seong-u of Sookmyung Women’s University. Popular Zainichi Korean writer Seo Gyoungsik (Professor at Tokyo Keizai University), Moon Gyeong-su (Professor at Ritsumeikan University), and Kim Seok-beom shared their experiences as Zainichi Koreans and their opinions on literature in the heartfelt session.

 

The discussion session was an opportunity to bring together writers, scholars, publishers, and those involved in Zainichi Korean literature to commemorate and remember the long journey of Zainichi Korean literature.

 

 

▲ The Zainichi Korean Writers’ Discussion on Literature

 

LTI Korea will continue to seek ways to further the complementary development of Korean, Zainichi Korean, and Japanese literature and explore similar events in the future.