The Future of Hallyu: Korean Cinema on the Global Stage

Wednesday, April 19, 2023
1:00 PM - 5:15 PM

McCaw Hall
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street, Stanford University

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Flyer for the conference "The Future of Hallyu" with speaker headshots and large portrait of panelist and actor Byung Hun Lee

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The fifth installment in a special event series on the occasion of Shorenstein APARC's 40th Anniversary, "Asia in 2030, APARC@40"


Byung Hun Lee
Star of Iris, Mr. Sunshine, Squid Game

Ji Eun Park
Writer of My Love from the Star, Crash Landing on You

Hosted by APARC's Korea Program

This event is made possible by generous support from the Korea Foundation and other friends of APARC.

Join the Korea Program and the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) of Stanford University for an in-person, half-day conference in APARC's 40th anniversary series, featuring three panels with academics and Korean screenwriters and actors who will consider the future of K-drama and Korean cinema while envisioning how these media genres could help expand the horizons of the field of Korean studies.

1:00-1:15 p.m.

Opening and Welcome Remarks

Gi-Wook Shin
Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
Professor of Sociology
William J. Perry Professor of Contemporary Korea
Director of the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Korea Program
Stanford University

Sangsoo Yoon
Consul General of The Republic of Korea in San Francisco

1:15-2:30 p.m.

Panel 1 – Behind the Silver Screen: Writing a K-Drama

Ji Eun Park
Writer of "My Love From The Star" and "Crash Landing on You"

With: Young Jean Lee
Professor of Theater and Performance Studies
Stanford University

Moderator: Haley Gordon
Research Associate, Korea Program
Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center
Stanford University

Interpreter: Raymond Ha

2:30-2:45 p.m. ~Break

2:45-4:00 p.m.

Panel 2 – K-Dramas and Korean Studies: Lessons and New Directions

Chris Hanscom
Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures
University of California, Los Angeles

Ju Oak Kim
Associate Professor of Communication
Texas A&M International University

Bonnie Tilland
University Lecturer in the Institute for Area Studies
University of Leiden
The Netherlands

Dafna Zur
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Stanford University

Moderator: Marci Kwon
Assistant Professor of Art History
Stanford University

4:00-4:15 p.m. ~Break

4:15-5:15 p.m.

Panel 3 – From "Iris" to "Squid Game": A Conversation with Byung Hun Lee

Byung Hun Lee
Star of "Iris," "Mr. Sunshine," and "Squid Game"

Moderator: Dafna Zur
Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Stanford University

Interpreter: Raymond Ha