IZO Events

Nov 3 2023

6th Social Sciences Korean Studies European Network' (SoKEN)

Korean Studies at Goethe University Frankfurt will host the "6th Social Sciences Korean Studies European Network (SoKEN)" on the topic of "Korean Youth Abroad" (10-11 November 2023)  

18 excellent lectures on Korean youth abroad, such as the second-generation Korean diaspora, young temporary migrants (e.g. working holiday visa holders and development workers) and Korean students abroad have been selected for the conference. The keynote speech will be given by Dr Sunhee Koo (University of Auckland). This conference will greatly contribute to the discussion and production of research in Korea-related social sciences in the European and global Korean Studies community and serves to expand the network for sustainable exchange.

The conference can be attended on site in the Renate von Metzler Saal on Campus Westend (Casino 1.801) or via Zoom (


10 November 2023  

10:20-10:50 Welcome remarks  
Prof. Yonson Ahn (Korean Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt) Mr. Byung-Kuk Woo, Director, Korea Foundation Berlin Office    

11:00-12:30 Panel 1 Korean Youth in the Global South  
Chair: Ruixin Wei
1. Jihye Kim (University of Central Lancashire & Goethe University Frankfurt) Ethnic Churches and Second-Generation Korean Brazilians in São Paulo
2. Jeong Taek Lim (University at Albany) Ethnic Identity of Korean-Vietnamese Adolescents Living in Vietnam: A Qualitative Study with an Ecological Approach
3. Young Su Park (Seoul National University) Online Of Two Velocities: Bifurcated Life Trajectories and Visions of Korean Aid Workers in Ethiopia

12:30-14:00 Lunch  

14:00-15:30 Panel 2 Korean Youth in the Global South  
Chair: Lynne Soon-Chean Park
4. Jihye Son (Korea University) A Comparative Study on the Language and Bicultural Identity of the Next Generation of Koreans in Brazil and Argentina  
5. Ananya Mahir (Independent Researcher) Role of Young Koreans in Shaping Korea's Image in India
6. Kyungmin Bae (University of the Philippines) Return Migration to Where I was Not Born: Two Korean-Filipino Youth's Experience  

16:00-17:30 Panel 3 Experiences of International Students
Chair: Bonnie Tilland
7. Jeehun Kim (Inha University) Multiple Purpose/Journey Migration: Lived Experiences of Korean University Students and Recent Graduates in Singapore  
8. Hyunah Cho (University of Leeds) Musical Engagement and Subjective Wellbeing amongst Korean Students in the UK  
9. Sung Un Gang (Technische Universität Berlin) Breaking Boundaries: Queer Korean Youth and Their Experiences of Studying Abroad    

11 November 2023  

10:00-10:50 Keynote Lecture
10. Sunhee Koo (University of Auckland) Culture, Meaning, and Overseas Korean Youth Identity: A Research Prospectus for the Past and Future    

11:00-12:00 Panel 4 New Generation Koreans
Chair: Jeehun Kim
11. Ruixin Wei (Goethe University Frankfurt) The Ethnic Boundary-Making/Unmaking of Korean Chinese Youth in the Consumption of Korean Popular Culture  
12. Lynne Soon-Chean Park (University of Auckland) Otherness, Acculturation and Social Identity: A Qualitative Inquiry of the Emergence of Ethnic Identity among 1.5- and 2nd-generation Korean New Zealanders    

12:00-13:30 Lunch  

13:30-15:00 Panel 5 Culture, Soft Power and Korean Youth
Chair: Hyunah Cho
13. James Jungho An (Independent Researcher), Yoona Kim (KAIST), Wonjae Choi (Seoul National University), Myunggu Jung (KAIST) Changes in the Notion of Success Through Hip Hop Music of Young Korean-American Rappers
14. Bonnie Tilland (Leiden University) King Sejong Institutes, Korean Teachers, and Soft Power
15. Carolyn Choi (Princeton University) Online At the Intersection of Race and Global Nation-Building: English Language Travel, Labor Market Segmentation, and Low-Wage Work among South Korean Working Holidaymakers in Australia  

15:30-17:00 Panel 6 Ethnic Entrepreneurship and Employment
Chair: Kyungmin Bae
16. Jingeum Lee (Goethe University Frankfurt) Intercultural Business Communication in Korean Companies Near Frankfurt Am Main  
17. Stephen Cho Suh (San Diego State University) and Brian Woohyun Kim (Seoul National University) Online Serving Diaspora in the Homeland: Korean American Culinary Entrepreneurs in Seoul's Food and Beverage Industry

18. Juhee Jeong (Heidelberg University) and Xiaoying Jin (Heidelberg University) Online The Contribution of Sending Country's Policy Initiative to Youth Mobility: Case Study of South Korea's Overseas Employment Support