BTS for BLM: K-Pop, Race and Transcultural Fandom

Saturday, January 30, 2021, 4:00 p.m.
Venue: Online
Admission: Free
Season: 2020-2021


Co-sponsored by the Center for Asian Studies and Professor Kimberly Hill, please join us for a special Asian Culture Forum by Professor Michelle Cho on the topic of K-Pop, Race, and Transcultural Fandom. Click this link to register in advance.

Prof. Cho will provide an overview of the online activities, politicization and media coverage of K-pop fans in the Black Lives Matter movement and anti-racist activism; she will also discuss the K-pop group BTS’s cultural and historic relationship with Black pop cultural forms, and Black-Korean relations in the U.S. since the 1980s. This virtual meeting will be moderated by Olivia Kang.

Join the Teams meeting on January 30 by clicking here at 4 p.m. on the day of the event.

Michelle Cho, is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of East Asian Studies. Her research and teaching focus on questions of collectivity and popular aesthetics in Korean film, media, and popular culture. She has published on Asian cinemas and Korean wave television, video, and pop music in such venues as Cinema Journal, the International Journal of Communication, The Korean Popular Culture Reader, and Asian Video Cultures (2019 “Best Edited Collection” Award winner, Society for Cinema and Media Studies).


For more information contact:
Sharon Yang
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