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Workshops on the Frontier: Culture and Counterinsurgency in Korea’s Vietnam War

Speaker

Thomas Ryan (postdoctoral fellow, Nam Center for Korean Studies, University of Michigan)

The South Korean Vietnam War deployment (1965-1973) was celebrated as a successful exercise in the mass mobilization of the home front into material and ideological expressions of voluntary support for the war. Exploring a diverse set of forgotten Korean-language sources, this talk will show that the deployment did not always serve the ends of domestic counterinsurgency, as the disorganized pursuit of Vietnam as a "total war" at home also compelled deviant forms of cultural and economic activity. About the speaker: Thomas M. Ryan is a postdoctoral fellow and lecturer at the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan. He is a cultural and intellectual historian of modern Korea with research interests in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, Cold War migration, anticommunist ideology, and literature and visual culture. His book manuscript is a cultural history of home front mobilization in southern Korea from the collapse of the Japanese Empire to the fall of Saigon.

Categories

Asia focus, Civic Engagement/Social Action, Ethics, Global, Health/Wellness, Human Rights, Humanities, Lecture/Talk