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Social Science and Public Policy

Challenges to Citizenship in East Asia

October 30, 2020 at 1:00pm2:30pm EDT

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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

East Asia Program and Korean Peninsula Affairs Center presents

Challenges to Citizenship in East Asia 

This webinar invites three leading scholars to discuss important topics in contemporary East Asia, ranging from challenges to citizenship in South Korea and Japan to citizenship in China. Professor Seung-kyung Kim (Indiana University) highlights the intersection of citizenship and compulsory military service in contemporary South Korea. In her talk, she will discuss how the neoliberal ethos of the modern nation-state instilled in South Korean millennials as they grew up in the 21st century guides their decisions and strategies regarding compulsory military service. Next, Professor Diana Fu (University of Toronto) will describe forms of “authoritarian citizenship” in China where ordinary citizens engage in a range of citizenship performances, from begging officials to intervene to protesting for rights. She will discuss what it means to be a “good” and “bad citizen” in the world’s most powerful authoritarian state. Professor Celeste Arrington (GWU) will highlight her research on Japan’s disability rights movements as people with disabilities increasingly assert their rights as citizens. Professor Margarita Estevez-Abe (The Maxwell School, Syracuse University) will serve as discussant for all the short presentations, while Professors George Kallander and Frederick Carriere will moderate the online format.

Seung-kyung Kim, Indiana University Bloomington
Diana Fu, University of Toronto
Celeste Arrington, George Washington University

Margarita Estevez-Abe, Syracuse University

Frederick Carriere, Syracuse University
George Kallander, Syracuse University

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This event was first published on September 14, 2020 and last updated on October 19, 2020.

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