Our next Research Talk is on 15th March 2021, 1pm with Min Kyung Lee, from Bryn Mawr College entitled, Hair Spaces: Korean Migration and the African American Street.
Following the Korean War, the military government of South Korea sponsored specific industries to improve the dire post-war economic situation. Central to this strategy was to identify export goods that optimized local resources and knowledge, and that targeted international markets. Among those exports were wigs, and by the sixties, Seoul became the global center for wig manufacturing, relying mainly on its own female population for hair supplies and cheap labor. This talk traces the trajectory of wigs, and connects the migration stories of Koreans to those of African Americans, focusing on their shared spatial practices in American cities.
The talk is supported by the Centre for Spatial, Cultural and Environmental Politics. It will take place on Zoom and you need to register in advance see details below:
When: Mar 15, 2021 01:00 PM London
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