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This workshop delves into an under-studied topic of the Korean youth in the South, focusing on the multiple trajectories and complexities of newer-generation Korean im/migrants in the Southern Hemisphere and the Global South. Unlike younger-generation Koreans in the Global North particularly in North America and Europe, who have tended to pursue professional careers and achieved mainstream-oriented mobility, young Korean im/migrants in the Global South have explored different options and followed multiple trajectories beyond the boundaries of their host societies. Hence, this workshop aims to understand how and to what extent these particular circumstances have shaped their lives and experiences of the Korean youth in the South. 

You can register for the Zoom link here.

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A workshop with Prof. William Callahan, Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), organised by the IZO Early Career Researcher Network, will take place on 27 January from 9 am to 12 pm. Prof. Callahan will be in Frankfurt the evening before (26 January, 6 pm) to give a lecture at the China Institute,
to which you are also cordially invited.

Under the title "How to understand China, and understand the world: mixed methods approaches", we will then have the opportunity to talk in more detail with one of the most renowned China experts in the field of international relations at the ECRN workshop on Friday morning. Designed specifically for ECRs, the workshop will be highly interactive, with plenty of opportunity to ask questions about research and academic career development. Coffee and snacks will be provided by the IZO during the three-hour event. Participation is only possible after prior registration via email to Please see the attached flyer for further details.

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Korean Studies at Goethe University of Frankfurt cordially invites you to the online workshop "Korean and German Encounters and Interactions" on 20 January and 21 January 2023. 

You can register for the zoom link here

The following programme awaits you:

(Panel I) 20 January 2023, 10:15-12:15

Prof. Jin-Wook Shin & Boyeong Jeong (Chung-ang University)

Rival Narratives of Germany and Discursive Struggles in South Korean Public Spheres

Prof. Hannes Mosler (University of Duisburg-Essen)

South Korea's April Revolution Through the Lens of West Germany

Prof. Yvonne Schulz Zinda (University of Hamburg)

The Past, Present and Future of Korean Studies in Germany

(Panel II) 20 January 2023, 13:15-15:15

Prof. Jan Creutzenberg (Ewha Womans University)

Pansori in Germany: Korean Singing-Storytelling, from Invitation to Collaboration

Katharina Süberkrüb (University of Hamburg)

German Trends in Collecting Korean Material Culture Towards the End of the Chosŏn Dynasty

(Panel III) 21 January 2023, 10:00-12:00

Dr. Jihye Kim (University of Central Lancashire)

Hallyu (Korean Wave) and Korean Restaurant Businesses in Frankfurt

Prof. Yonson Ahn (Goethe University of Frankfurt)

Maternal Practices of Korean Healthcare Workers in Germany

Dr. Jaok Kwon-Hein (University of Heidelberg)

Becoming 'Good' Working Mothers: Mothering of Highly Skilled Female Migrants from Korea in Germany

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Nov 23 2022

​IZO & Ceditraa guest lecture on 6 December 2022, 18.15, IG 1.314

Prof. Ann Heylen on Digitization of Scholarly Publishing in East Asian Popular Culture Research

On 6 December 2022, Ann Heylen, Professor at the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature, National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), and Executive Director of the International Taiwan Studies Center (ITSC), at the College of Liberal Arts, NTNU, will give a talk in Frankfurt upon joint invitation by the Ceditraa project and the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies (IZO).

The talk offers a case study in which the bibliographic references of the articles published in East Asian Journal of Popular Culture (EAJPC) are subjected to an electronic text analysis. It forms part of generating a relational database. The methodology will illustrate traditional corpus linguistic (CL) tools and tendencies in the development of scholarly publishing and patterns in the digitization of culture research. The concept of the 'journal as corpus' is taken as the organizing principle in the selection and editing of networked materials and multimedia to inquire about the role of language acquisition and cultural knowledge transmission. The purpose is to apply this method to a larger corpus of bibliographic references of East Asian popular culture.

Prof. Heylen's talk is organised by Mirjam Tröster, whose Ceditraa research focuses on K-cinema in Taiwan.

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The 4th edition of the Korean Popular Culture Workshop will take place on the 16th of November 2022 between 4 and 6 pm CET. The event will be held online on Zoom with prior registration being required (registration link below). The workshop aims to shed light on the new developments in Korean cinema, dramas and music in the digital globalized world. This year the focus of the workshop will be the Korean film industry in the context of globalization and the changes in K-drama content and production generated by the emergence of streaming platforms like Netflix. The guest speakers are Jimmyn Parc, Associate Professor at the University of Malaya, Malaysia and Hyejung Ju, Associate Professor of Mass Communication at Claflin University in South Carolina, USA.

Registration Link


16:00-16:10 CET


16:10 -17:05 CET

The Untold Story of the Korean Film Industry: A Global Business Perspective

Dr. Jimmyn Parc

University of Malaya, Malaysia

17:05-18:00 CET

Korean TV Dramas Meet Netflix: New Tribe of K-Dramas on Streaming Platform

Dr. Hyejung Ju

Claflin University, Orangeburg SC

Online via Zoom

Contact: Casandra Chistinean (

Prof. Dr. Yonson Ahn (

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From 1 to 3 September, 2022, IZO co-hosted a major symposium on Japan's position in comparative law. The event at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law, Hamburg, celebrated the 70th birthday of Professor Harald Baum, the preeminent figure in Japanese legal studies in Germany and a long-term member of IZO's academic advisory board.
High-profile speakers from Asia, Europe, the U.S and Australia explored the influence of Japanese law outside Japan. Japan's history and its position as one of the largest economies in Asia suggest a major impact upon its neighbours and beyond and make the country potentially interesting as a source of legal concepts. However, this idea of Japan as an exporter of legal ideas is at odds with the still dominant, hierarchically tinged narrative of Japan as a mere recipient of Western legal ideas.
Within this framework, the talks aimed to assess, from multiple perspectives, the influence of Japanese law upon its neighbours as well as global developments. The participants explored themes such as the fundamental position of Japan in comparative legal studies, the impact of Japanese law upon East and Southeast Asian jurisdictions, as well as Japan's role within global harmonization projects.

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"True love or a political marriage of convenience? China-Russia relations in light of the Ukraine war"

As we are approaching the end of the summer semester, the IZO is looking forward to our last event before the summer break: On 19 July, 18.30-19.45 CET,  Marina Rudyak will join Maria Repnikova and Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova to look behind the curtains of the China-Russia partnership, which has been repeatedly celebrated diplomatically over the past months.

The entire online event was recorded and is available on Youtube.


China and Russia have declared a friendship “without limits" and with “no forbidden areas". Chinese official rhetoric appears largely supportive of the Russian legitimisation of the war on Ukraine. But does China really support Russia unconditionally? What can we read between the lines, and how are Russia and the Russian-Ukrainian war discussed in inner-Chinese spaces (in Chinese, not directed at foreigners?) And what role is there to play for Europe?

The IZO is glad to host a virtual conversation on these questions between IZO member Marina Rudyak (Goethe University Frankfurt/Heidelberg University), Maria Repnikova (Georgia State University) and Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova (Riga Stradins University). While observing China-Russia relations from Western Europe, the United States and Eastern Europe, respectively, what all three have in common is that they were born in the former Soviet Union. Their knowledge of both Chinese and Russian political discourses gives them a rare and unique perspective on analysing current China-Russia dynamics.

About the speakers

Maria Repnikova is an Associate Professor in Global Communication at Georgia State University. Her research focuses on China's political communication, Chinese soft power, China-Africa relations and China-Russia comparisons. She is the author of two books, Media Politics in China: Improvising Power Under Authoritarianism (2017) and Chinese Soft Power (2022). Since the eruption of the Russia-Ukraine war, she has been a regular commentator on China-Russia relations.

Una Aleksandra Bērziņa-Čerenkova is a political scientist, China scholar, Head of Riga Stradins University China Studies Centre and Head of the Asia program at the Latvian Institute of International Affairs. Her research focuses on PRC political discourse, contemporary Chinese ideology, EU-China relations, as well as Belt and Road and other transcontinental interconnectivity initiatives. She is the author of the book Perfect Imbalance: China and Russia (2022).

Marina Rudyak is an Interim Professor for Chinese Politics at Goethe University Frankfurt and Assistant Professor for Chinese Cultural Studies at Heidelberg University. Her research focuses on China's international development cooperation and the Chinese foreign policy discourse. Her 2020 completed doctoral Dissertation Becoming a Donor traced the formation of China's foreign aid policy. She is the co-creator of the Decoding China Dictionary.


The discussion will take place virtually via Zoom. We kindly ask for registration in advance.

Image credit: Reuters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meet in Denpasar, Indonesia (G20, July 5, 2022)

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On 19 May 2022, two outstanding voices of the Chinese-language exile community, Yan Geling and Yang Lian, visited Goethe University Frankfurt as part of the event "The Moral Duties of Art - Chinese Literary Exile in Germany" hosted by the IZO.

Moderated by Prof. Dr. Yang Zhiyi, the Berlin-based novelist and screenwriter Yan Geling discussed with the poet Yang Lian, who has already been living in self-imposed exile since 1989. In front of a large audience of over 170 interested guests, including many members of the Chinese diaspora in Germany, both artists explained their break with the Chinese regime and talked about traumatic experiences in their own past and their influence on their respective artistic work.

While Yan was a respected and widely read author in China for many years, her criticism of the Chinese regime led to a de facto ban on her new book after the outbreak of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. During the event in Frankfurt, Yan described her doubts before publishing the critical article, combined with the fear that her life would change drastically and she would become persona non grata in China. Nevertheless, she ultimately decided to publish the article, which in the end led to a de facto erasure of her person on the Chinese internet.

Following these accounts, both personal and political, Yan and her husband Lawrence Walker read excerpts from Yan Geling's work in the original Chinese and translation. Yang Lian entertained the audience with several of his poems, including one about his adopted home of Berlin and a very topical poem about his current residence in Frankfurt, which questions Theodor Adorno's attitude to poetry after Auschwitz.  Afterwards, the audience had the opportunity to ask the artists questions in German, Chinese and English. The audience was interested in both the artistic activities of the panellists and their assessments of the political and social climate in China.

The complete recording of the event on 19 May 2022 can be found here on Youtube.

Deutsche Welle also reported in detail (in Chinese) about the event. You can find the link here.

Image Credits: Peng Guo

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To write or not to write a poem after Auschwitz — that is not the question. The real question is how, so that art avoids falling victim to cultural barbarism. This question is particularly pertinent today to Chinese writers and artists, when the Chinese regime, an authoritarian world power, also styles itself as the custodian and patron of Chinese culture, with a lucrative and growing cultural market at its disposal. In this moderated dialogue, YAN Geling and YANG Lian, two distinguished Chinese authors living in Berlin, will answer questions about art, truth, power, and market. Yan Geling, a writer who consistently explores historical atrocities like the Nanjing Massacre or the Cultural Revolution in her novels, has also seen many of her works adapted into feature films with great commercial success. Through her fiction and essays, she investigates the human nature underlying the behavior of the Chinese regime. Yang Lian, a poet living mostly in self-imposed exile since 1989, whose works having entered the global scene of “World Literature," is also one of the most celebrated poets in mainland China. How do they perceive the moral duties of art? What do they think of literary exiles or those who choose to live in inner banishment? How do their works respond to the crises of our times, in China and beyond? The dialogue will be moderated by Prof. Zhiyi Yang (Sinology). The two authors will also read their works and take questions from the audience. The event is organized by the Interdisciplinary Center for East Asian Studies (IZO).

Date: 19 May 2022

Time: 6.15 – 7.45 p.m., followed by a small reception in the foyer

Place: Goethe University Frankfurt, Casino Building, R. 1811, Nina-Rubinstein-Weg 1

Please register for the talk and reception via e-mail to by 15 May at the latest.

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On May 5th, the IZO is organizing a guest lecture on the following topic by Prof. Dr. Marta Hanson: "Understanding is Within One's Grasp, The World Within the Hands in the Classified Canon, 1624".

By the early sixteenth century, some physicians considered the most important medical canon of Han antiquity, the Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon: Basic Questions (Huangdi neijing: suwen, ca. 1st BCE), to be in a state of crisis. Many of their contemporary physicians found it too archaic, inaccessible, and impractical to use. Many self-proclaimed healers favored more recent medical texts that private publishing had made more widely available, easier to read, and more practical for healing. The literati physician Zhang Jiebin 張介賓 (1563–1640) participated in the broader trend “to recover antiquity" (fugu 復古) by reorganizing the original Inner Canon, providing many illustrations, and adding explanations. The resulting Classified Canon, Illustrated with Commentary (Leijing tu yi 類經圖翼, 1624) also used many popularizing genres – diagrams, short essays, versified didactic poems, illustrations, and even the healer's own hand as a mnemonic tool. Dr. Zhang's amply illustrated, often versified, clearly explained, completely reorganized, and even, in part, embodied Classified Canon is best understood as one late-Ming literati physician's response to this perceived crisis. In fact, this Classified Canon was so successful among physicians in China that Jesuits used it as the source text for the first Latin translations of Chinese conceptions of the viscera and channels of the human body published in the Specimen Medicinae Sinicae (A Sample of Chinese Medicine) in 1682 in Frankfurt, Germany. 

Time: 05. 05. 2022 – 18:00

Place: Seminarhaus 0.106