My Impressions of the KLTI Forum in the U.S.
- onNovember 14, 2014
- Vol.13 Autumn 2011
- byJung Young Moon
In order to introduce Korean literature to America, KLTI held its first-ever forum in the western part of the U.S. from April 27 to 29. I participated along with Kim Joo-young, Ch’oe Yun, and the literary critics Wu Chan-je and Kim Yonghee. KLTI Director Kim Joo-youn accompanied us in addition to three staff members, who were very helpful in organizing and managing the forum.
On April 27th the forum at UCLA began with keynote addresses by KLTI Director Kim Joo-youn and UCLA's Director of the Center for Korean Studies, Dr. John Duncan. Next, novelist Kim Joo-young made a presentation titled, “Poverty as the Raw Material of Korean Fiction and the Indomitable Spirit of the Nation,” followed by literary critic Wu Chan-je on “Looking to Prosperity from Within the Ruins: Korea in Korean literature,” novelist Ch'oe Yun on “A Tradition of Oppression: Laying the Groundwork for Individuality and Democratization,” and my own presentation, “The Current of Experimental Fiction in Korea.” Discussions followed the presentations.
On April 28th, literary critic Kim Yonghee and Professor Lee Nam of the Dodge College of Film and Media presented “Korean Literature in the Screen Age: Literature and Film, the Desire of the General Public, and Social Institutions in Korea” and “Screen Adaptations of Korean Literature and the American Market,” respectively, at the Korean Cultural Center Los Angeles (KCCLA). On April 29th at USC, Korean-American poet Nicky Schildkraut, Ch'oe Yun, Leonard Chang, and I participated in a poetry reading and discussion. In addition to those named above, many experts made presentations and participated in the discussions, helping make the U.S. forums a success.