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Contemporary Korea

K-Content, Youth Economy & Beyond

Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 8:00 PM
Image courtesy of YouTube Korea When YouTube began sharing revenue directly with creators, an entirely new industry was born. Today, there are over 2 million creators around the world in its monetization program, building thriving businesses by sharing their own content to the worldwide audience. Among the most innovative and passionate YouTubers are those hailing from South Korea. Neal Mohan, Chief Product Officer at YouTube discusses the rise of K-content… Read More

New Food Media with Eric Kim

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 6:30 PM
Photo Credit: Jenny Huang and Eric Kim's Instagram @ericjoonho Food writer Eric Kim is known for sharing recipes accompanied with thoughtful storytelling and reflection. At first Kim pursued academia, teaching undergraduate literature courses while working towards a PhD in American Literature at Columbia. He unexpectedly found his path to success by writing and curating content for leading publishers in food media such as Food Network, Food52, and Saveur. Today, Kim… Read More

10th Anniversary Special with Eric Nam

Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 6:00 PM
Celebrating the 10th year of our Young Professionals’ Network (YPN) series, The Korea Society is excited to announce the YPN 10th Anniversary Special with singer-songwriter Eric Nam, one of the most popular and recognizable celebrities in Asia. As a Korean American singer, songwriter, entertainer, and TV personality from Atlanta, Georgia, Eric has been inspiring his fans and the younger generation through his musical performances and insightful commentary on important contemporary… Read More

Cycling in Korea

Thursday, June 3, 2021 | 5:00 PM
In April 2018, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 3rd as International World Bicycle Day to recognize "the uniqueness, longevity and versatility of the bicycle, which has been in use for two centuries, and that it is a simple, affordable, reliable, clean and environmentally fit sustainable means of transport." Koreans have enjoyed cycling and life with bicycles for many years. Hear from the cycling experts and enthusiasts from different… Read More
Join us as we welcome renowned businesswoman Angie Byun as she reflects on her career as a leader in the media, entertainment, and fashion industries. Learn insider secrets about her executive roles with Vogue, GQ, The New Yorker, Wired, and Golf Digest and how those experiences helped her land her current position as CEO at AB WORLD. The discussion will be led by moderator Asiah James, Director of Emerging Audiences… Read More
Yul Kwon, Google Senior Director of Product Management and the first Asian American winner of the CBS reality show Survivor, will join the Society to share his diverse career trajectories in product management, technology, law, and media. Yul has worked with major government agencies and private companies including Google, Facebook, the Federal Communications Commission, the US Senate, McKinsey, and PBS. As the first Asian American winner of the CBS reality… Read More

K-Drama Fever: Global TV in the US

Thursday, November 12, 2020 | 6:00 PM
Television as we know it has transformed in the last two decades, away from network television mainly produced in the form of sitcoms, police procedurals, and medical or courtroom dramas, towards serial narratives, with clear storylines developed across episodes. At the same time, the notion of “quality television” has changed the way we evaluate TV content, from intentionally mindless entertainment to innovative cultural works. These shifts have been fortuitous for… Read More
Image Credit: Instagram @drawings_for_my_grandchildren In this interview series, we take a dive into contemporary culture in South Korea. Grandpa Chan and Grandma Marina are influencers on Instagram, perhaps unlike anyone else you see on that platform, maybe just because of their age. Their Instagram account Drawings for My Grandchildren started in 2015, for which Grandpa Chan draws and Grandma Marina writes stories of their lives for their grandchildren. After 1100… Read More

BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears with Tamar Herman

Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 6:00 PM
America's leading authority on BTS, K-Pop, and East Asian entertainment, Tamar Herman returns to the Korea Society with her book BTS: Blood, Sweat & Tears. BTS has conquered Western music charts and social media on their way to being the biggest band in the world. With record-breaking firsts and three Billboard No. 1 albums within a year, their music and messaging has gone on to transcend the limitations of language,… Read More
Copyright Credit: playSyria In this new series, we take a dive into contemporary culture in South Korea. In this first episode, we will be exploring the world of games, especially that of computer, video, and mobile games: the history of video game culture in Korea from the 70s until now; how it has given birth to a new industry and a group of new business leaders in Korea; and how… Read More
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