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Asian Americans and the Cold War

Seoul, Korea


Professor Simeon Man
Dates Departure from U.S.: Sat., July 1, 2017
Arrival: Sun., July 2, 2017
Mandatory Orientation: Mon., July 3, 2017
First Day of Class: Tues., July 4, 2017
Last Day of Class: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017
Departure for the U.S.
(or personal travel):
Sat., Aug. 5, 2017

Flight Information

  • All approved applicants will be notified by e-mail when the program reaches minimum enrollment. Do not purchase plane tickets until the program is confirmed.
  • Please plan your arrival into Seoul on July 2 between the hours of 1:00pm and 5:00pm in order to take advantage of airport pick up provided by our partner in Seoul ISA. You should plan to arrive at the Incheon airport in Seoul  (airport Code ICN).
  • Contact STA Travel if you would like more information about  flights or the airfare deposit program.
Info Sessions
  • Thursday, Jan. 12 | 5:00-6:30pm 
    HSS 4025
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25 | 3:00-4:30pm
    HSS 4025
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15 | 5:00-6:30pm
    Study Abroad Dance Hall, University Center 409

Why you should go

Seoul is the epicenter of a globalizing Korean culture industry, the heartland of k-pop, k-dramas, and fashion. It is also a city of ten million, with all that that entails: there are high-end restaurants next to street vendors, large outdoor markets alongside luxurious malls, dense city streets surrounded by massive New Towns, palaces from the 14th century in proximity to displays of the most cutting-edge Samsung consumer products.

We will spend the summer thinking about the organization and logic of global cities like Seoul, and we will also talk about the impact of global networks on people – in particular, on Asian American histories and identities. In thinking about diasporas and the evolution of cultural norms and practices, we will visit key sites in the Korean War, including the DMZ and the War and Women’s Human Rights Museum. We will also visit reconstructed sites of national identity like Minsokchon, and discuss the role of such places in the creation and maintenance of transnational ethnic identity. For our work on global cities, we will take walking tours of Cheonggyechon (a massive urban renewal and city “greening” project), Hanok village, Insadong, Itaewon, Olympic Park, and Songdo City. We will also attend a KPop studio tour.

Knowledge of Korean language is not required for this global seminar. Bring only your enthusiasm and a pair of comfortable walking shoes - you will finish this seminar with a far greater understanding of this massive, complex city. Students can also use this program toward the campus-wide diversity, equity, and inclusion requirement.

Meet the professor

Prof. Simeon Man

Professor Simeon Man specializes in Asian American history and transnational U.S. history, with an emphasis on the politics of race and empire. Professor Man teaches introductory courses in Asian American history and transnational U.S. history, as well as specialized courses in the history of social movements, race and war in American culture, and the United States and the Pacific world. Professor Man received his Ph.D. in American Studies from Yale University in 2012. Before joining the faculty at UC San Diego, he was an Andrew Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Northwestern University (2012-14) and a Provost’s Postdoctoral Scholar in the Humanities at the University of Southern California (2014-15).

Get in touch with UCSD Global Seminars

Study Abroad UC San Diego
University Center 409
9500 Gilman Drive #0095
La Jolla, California 92093-0095
Phone: (858) 534-1123
Email: globalseminar@ucsd.edu
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