CALL FOR PAPERS
South Korea’s Education Exodus (Chogi yuhak): Risks, Realities, and Challenges
A Working Conference at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
March 28-29, 2008
South Korean “early study abroad” students – namely those young people who exit South Korea for study prior to college – are literally changing the face of Korean diasporic communities across the U.S. and other English-speaking nations. Early study abroad is a rapidly escalating market in South Korea: a $550 million industry in the first quarter of 2004, doubling the 2002 figures. Remarkably, a recent South Korean survey revealed that if given the opportunity, 1 out of 4 parents would like to emigrate for their children’s education. The conference will ask large questions about South Korea’s particular globalization embrace, cosmopolitan desires, and education system; and about the changing face and social reality of Korean America with the arrival of these new immigrants. In doing so, the conference will take up both the macro-level context and consequences and the U.S. realities of this growing “immigrant” population.
We invite graduate students and faculty with sustained and substantive research programs on this topic to submit an abstract.
Deadline for Abstract Submission: July 15, 2007
Conference website: http://www.aasp.uiuc.edu/EducationExodus/index.html
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