4/3/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Dr. Merose Hwang, associate professor of History and coordinator for the Asian Studies Minor and Peace Corps Prep Program at Hiram College, will discuss the Korean peace process in her talk “Understanding North Korea through its Modern History” on April 4 at 7 p.m. in Room 115 of the Dauch College of Business and Economics on the Ashland University campus. The event, which is sponsored by the Ashland Center for Nonviolence, is free and open to the public.
According to Hwang, Americans have a responsibility to try to understand how the United States is historically connected to North Korea through the history of U.S. engagement in the Asia-Pacific region. Hwang hopes that this presentation will help Americans exercise their responsible role as global citizens by considering three watershed moments from the North Korean perspective: the Sino-Japanese War (1894), Japanese colonialism (1910), and the Korean War (1948).
Hwang received her Ph.D. from the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto and has been the recipient of Korea Found Field Research Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities, and Kathryn W. Davis Fellowship for Peace. She has held positions as a research fellow at the Institute for Korean Studies, Yonsei University and Visiting Scholar at the Institute for the Study of Religion at Sogang University. Her current research interests include post ’45 mass killing, indigenous rituals and community restoration.
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