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2021 Korea Update

Korea Update


Various speakers


Virtual event


Friday, 29 October, 2021 - 09:15 to 15:30

Celebrating 60 Years of diplomatic relations between Australia and the Republic of Korea 1961-2021

2021 Korea Update
Morning session 9.15 - 1pm,
Afternoon session 2 - 3.30pm

The ANU Korea Update is the University's flagship annual conference on Korea.

The 2021 Korea Update is a special event as we commemorate and celebrate 60 years since the establishment of formal diplomatic ties between Australia and the Republic of Korea.

This one-day public event brings together key representatives from the academic and policymaking communities to discuss current socio-cultural, political, diplomatic and security issues related to the Korean peninsula.

There will be a morning session from 9.15 - 1pm and an afternoon session from 2-3.30pm.

Korea Corner Grand Opening
4 - 5pm

Following the 2021 Korea Update, we will be holding the Grand Opening of the new Korea Corner from 4-5pm as a virtual event. The ANU Korea Institute and the Republic of Korea Embassy in Canberra warmly invite you to the grand opening of the Korea Corner. The Korea Corner is a new bespoke space in the HC Coombs building on the ANU Acton campus, featuring Korean design details.

It is a dedicated space which represents Korean Studies and Korean culture within the Australian National University. It is open to students, staff and the general public, providing a beautiful venue for Korea-related academic and cultural events and gatherings for faculty, students, residents, and visitors to the Korea Institute.

REGISTER for all three sessions on Eventbrite

Program for Fri 29 October 2021

9.15am - 1pm: 2021 Korea Update - Morning Session


  • Elizabeth Lee, MLA
  • Professor Helen Sullivan, Dean, ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
  • Chair: A/Prof Ruth Barraclough


  • Dr Lauren Richardson, ANU - The role of leadership in ROK-Japan relations.
  • A/Professor David Hundt, Deakin University - Pandemic politics in Australia and South Korea in hard times
  • A/Professor Chair: Roald Maliangkaij, ANU

A recording of Welcome keynotes and Diplomacy panel is available here.

10.30am - 10.45am Morning Tea break


  • Dr Jay Song, University of Melbourne - North Korean migration under Kim Jong Un
  • Professor Andrei Lankov, Kookmin University - North Korea in 2021: bad news and, perhaps, a start of a new era
  • Chair: Professor Kyung Moon Hwang, ANU

A recording of North Korea panel is available here.

11.45am - 15 minutes break


  • Professor Shin-wha Lee, Korea University - 
  • A/Professor Bridget Coggins, University of California - Korean solutions to Korean problems? The evolution of US-ROK security relations
  • Chair: Dr Peter Lee, ANU

A recording of Politics panel is available here.

1-2pm: Lunch break

2pm - 3.30pm: 2021 Korea Update - Afternoon Session


  • Professor Kyung Moon Hwang, ANU - Korean Reunification: A historical imperative?
  • Chair: A/Professor Ruth Barraclough, Director, Korea Institute, ANU

A recording of Future of the Peninsula panel s available here.

2.30pm CULTURE

  • Professor CedarBough Saeji, Pusan National University -Changing ideas about Korean traditions: The view from K-Pop
  • Professor Ross King, University of British Colombia -The rise of global demand for Korean language education: between learner desire, neoliberal commodificaiton of pedagogy, and ROK language spread policy
  • Chair: Dr Eunseon Kim, ANU

A recording of Culture panel is available here.

3.30pm WRAP UP

4 - 5pm: Korea Corner Grand Opening 

There will be opening remarks, a virtual tour, congratulatory messages and a performance of traditional art from Korea.

Congratulatory Messages

  • Jeong-Sik Kang (Ambassador of Republic of Korea)
  • Simon Haberle (Director, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU)
  • KOZA team (Korea-Australia Alliance)
  • Joanne Kwon (ANU K-pop Club)
  • Ga Yeon Lee (ANU Korean Student Society

A recording of the Korea Corner Grand Opening video 2021 is avaiable here

Performance of traditional music from Korea

  • Jocelyn Clark, gayageum (Professor, Pai Chai University)
  • Choi Jinsook, pansori (Yisuja, Important Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 5, Pansori)
  • Shin Seunggyun, drum accompaniment (Yisuja, Important Intangible Cultural Heritage No. 82-4, Namhaean Byeolsingut)

A recording of the Korea Corner Grand Opening Concert is avaiable here

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