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Organization Embracing the Doppelganger

Summary: Organization
Embracing the Doppelganger:
North Korea in Recent South Korean Films
Hyung Gu Lynn
University of British Columbia
Institute of Asian Research
May 13, 2011
3:30 5:00 PM
LAW 119
This talk deals with representations of North Korea in several South Korean films of the 1990s
and the 2000s. Focusing on one film and general selection bias have led to claims that depictions
of North Korea and North Koreans have improved or that there continue to be demonizing por-
trayals of North Koreans in South Korean films. I argue that an analysis of several films reveals
that contrary to such unidirectional trajectories, there have been at least three distinct types of
representations of North Korea since the 1990s, only one of which might be deemed the product
of the 1990s detente fueled by the Sunshine Policy.
Hyung-Gu Lynn is the AECL/KEPCO Chair in Korean Research at the Institute of Asian Re-
search (IAR), University of British Columbia. He is also the Editor for the journal Pacific Af-
fairs, an independent, interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal of contemporary Asia that has
been published continuously since 1928. Among his publications are Bipolar Orders: Two Ko-


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