Imperial run-off: Korean golf in the Philippines

Lectures, talks and seminars

VZ606 (Von Zedlitz Building, Level 6) Kelburn Campus

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Based on research done with Associate Professor Rachael Miyung Joo's colleague Jose Medriano, this talk explores some of the cultural consequences of decades of intensive state-managed capitalist development by connecting narratives of Korean golf to the continuing land claims of small-scale farmers and indigenous groups. Korean golf refers to Korean owners, operators, tour companies, players, and the use of Korean language, symbols, and cultural practices in the game of golf.

Through this narrative, Rachel highlights the contested claims to land in a highly polluted space and demonstrates an approach to the study of imperialism, inequality, and indigenous struggles in an era of global capital. This study weaves together the subjective pleasures of Korean golf with the stakes for those who are erased from the landscapes they call home.

Rachel's seminar will also be available via Zoom.

Speaker Bios

Rachael Miyung Joo is an Associate Professor of American Studies at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, USA. She is trained as a cultural anthropologist who also works in the field of cultural studies. She published a book, Transnational Sport: Gender, Media, and Global Korea (Duke 2012) that focuses on the significance of transnational sports in defining global Koreanness in the 21st century based on field research in Seoul, South Korea and Los Angeles, California.

For more information contact: Prof. Yiyan Wang 04 463 6456