Intersection of Asia, feminism and cultural studies: Yonsei University's experience in South Korea

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This article addresses the issues of how feminism, cultural studies and inter-Asia studies can intersect amicably and meaningfully as an institutional program by using Yonsei University as an example. Speaking from the position of someone who is one of the founders and teachers of the Graduate Program in Cultural and Gender Studies at Yonsei University, I endeavor to analyze the possibilities and limitations of combining these fields together. This article suggests that practitioners of inter-Asian cultural studies carefully formulate and establish a conceptual framework as foundation upon which we can begin to discuss some possible commonalities for future curriculum. I believe that the framework ought to focus more on the 'post-nation state paradigm,' and incorporate the achievements of both critics of global capitalism and the neoliberal order, and creators of new meanings - including migrants and youths - as a possible transnational subjectivities. Inter-Asia cultural studies also needs to learn some lessons from the history of the belittlement and groundless exclusion of feminism experienced by the Birmingham School and Korean cultural studies practitioners and the gender-blindness they held.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)478-483
Number of pages6
JournalInter-Asia Cultural Studies
Volume9
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2008 Oct 15

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  • Cultural Studies

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