THE KOREA SOCIETY

is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization with individual and corporate members that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding, and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea.

Literature

South Korea at a Crossroads

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | 4:00 PM
Against the backdrop of China’s mounting influence and North Korea’s growing nuclear capability and expanding missile arsenal, South Korea faces a set of strategic choices that will shape its economic prospects and national security. In South Korea at the Crossroads, Scott A. Snyder examines the trajectory of fifty years of South Korean foreign policy and offers predictions—and a prescription—for the future. Pairing a historical perspective with a shrewd understanding of… Read More

King of Spies with author Blaine Harden

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 | 6:00 PM
Best-selling author and former Washington Post Northeast Asia bureau chief Blaine Harden discusses his riveting King of Spies on its date of release. His third work on Korea recounts the untold story of one of the most powerful spies in US history working on the Peninsula during the Korean War. Books are available for purchase and signing. King of Spies with author Blaine Harden with Blaine Harden Join our membership… Read More
Leap from satire to Korean drama and other works by a mid-century master. Delve into a China raw, volatile and often uncontrollable in a novel equal parts muckraking, a transnational love story, and panoramic social critique. Two of America’s premier translators of Korean literature, the Fultons reflect on two recent releases: Sunset, a first ever English-language compilation of the works of the great midcentury writer Ch’ae, known widely for his… Read More

How I Became a North Korean

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 | 4:00 PM
Award-winning author Krys Lee speaks to the release of her debut novel, How I Became a North Korean, at this first cultural event at the Korea Society’s new location at 350 Madison Avenue at 45th Street. A Yonsei University assistant professor of creative writing, Krys Lee is a recipient of the Rome Prize and finalist for the BBC International Short Story Award. This captivating new release tells the story of… Read More
Dr. Laurel Kendall, Chair of the Division of Anthropology and Curator of Asian Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History, Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University, and president–elect of the Association for Asian Studies, explores the divine nature of Korean shaman paintings in her new book, God Pictures in Korean Contexts: The Ownership and Meaning of Shaman Paintings, co-authored by Jongsung Yang, Director of the Museum of… Read More
Yeonmi Park, the 21-year-old North Korean defector and human rights activist, discussed her new book, In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl's Journey to Freedom, with moderator David Hawk from the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea. Yeonmi Park: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom Members: Free with registration Nonmembers: $10 Join our membership program here! E-News sign-up If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Tyberg… Read More

New York Insiders by Korean Outsiders

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 | 6:30 PM
Three Korean authors, Seongmin Ahn, Christina Kang, and Katie Bomi Son, shared their respective experiences as an artist, an art advisor/consultant, and art-event organizer, as well as the inspirations behind writing books on New York’s art scene. New York Insiders by Korean Outsiders withSeongmin Ahn, Katie Bomi Son, and Christina Kang Members: FREE | Nonmembers: $10 If you have any questions, please contact Jamie Tyberg or (212) 759-7525, ext. 321.… Read More

Korean History in Maps

Wednesday, August 19, 2015 | 6:30 PM
Michael D. Shin, lecturer in Korean Studies at the University of Cambridge, and editor of the new historical atlas, Korean History in Mapsfrom Prehistory to the Twenty-First Century, discusses Korea’s history through maps, from early Choson to the present. Korean History in Maps provides overviews of the political, cultural, economic, and social systems for each period of Korean history, along with chronologies and lists of monarchs. With numerous images of… Read More

Classics Reimagined

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 | 6:30 PM
Authors Adrienne Leslie and Patricia Park discuss and read from Alice Again and Re Jane, contemporary retellings that pay homage to Alice in Wonderland and Jane Eyre, but with a Korean-American twist. These new love stories about identity and culture are just in time for summer beach reading! The books will be available for sale, and a reception and book signing will follow the discussion. Tuesday, June 2, 2015 |… Read More
Japan and South Korea are Western-style democracies with open-market economies, are committed to the rule of law, and are also U.S. allies. However, despite their shared interests, shared values, and geographic proximity, divergent national identities have driven a wedge between the countries. Brad Glosserman and Scott Snyder discussed the roots of this split and its ongoing threat to the region and the world. In their new release, The Japan-South Korea… Read More
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