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The Korea Now Podcast

Dec 21, 2020

This episode of the Korea Now podcast features an interview that Jed Lea-Henry conducted with Albert Park. They speak about the history of agriculture in Korea, the important place that farmers traditionally held within the economy and the society, what agrarian life in Korea has looked like and how it has changed, the impact of colonial rule and modernisation, the introduction of cooperative models, the role of government and the strained power-dynamic between them and the farming sector, the New Village Movement (NVM, Saemaul undong), Minjung Ideology, and the future of agriculture and environmentalism in Korea.

Albert Park is the Bank of America Associate Professor of Pacific Basin Studies at Claremont McKenna College. As a historian of modern Korea and East Asia, his current research project focuses on the roots of environmentalism in modern Korean history and its relationship to locality and local autonomy. Albert is the Co-Principal Investigator of EnviroLab Asia - a Henry Luce Foundation - funded initiative at the Claremont Colleges ($1.4 million award) that carries out research on environmental issues in Asia through a cross disciplinary lens. He is also the author of ‘Building a Heaven on Earth: Religion, Activism and Protest in Japanese Occupied Korea’ and is the co-editor of ‘Encountering Modernity: Christianity and East Asia’.

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***Albert Park’s research can be found at: Albert L Park | Claremont McKenna College - and | Claremont McKenna College

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