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LTI Korea Forum in the western United States

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LTI Korea organized several promotional events for writers Bae Suah and Cheon Myeong-kwan in L.A. and Irvine from June 2 to 4.

 

On June 2, Colin Marshall, host of Notebook on Cities and Culture, interviewed the two writers along with President Kim Seong-kon. He asked Bae and Cheon about their novelsNowhere to Be Found andModern Family, both of which were published in Americarecently. The writers shared an interesting conversation with him about the unique family structure of Korea, something bound to resonate with readers all over the world. President Kim explained LTI Korea’s translation and publication grant programs and remarked that he was especially pleased at having a Korean literature event at L.A., the center of American diversity. 

 

In the afternoon, the UCLA Center for Korean Studies organized a book reading and Q&A session at the main conference room at UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library. The writers read excerpts from their novels in Korean and then professional voice actors read the same parts in English. The writers touched on several topics during the subsequent discussion, including what it meant to be a Korean writer in a global age. A reception was heldat the end of the event. 

 

On June 4, the writers visited UCLA to meet with the students of Korean literature there. The students had read several works of Korean literature during the semester under Professor Chris Hanscom’s tutelage. The students asked the writers several detailed questions about the Korean literary world, the creative process of writing and its social implications.

 

In the afternoon, a screening ofBoomerang Family, the movie based on Cheon’sModern Family, was held at the McCormick Screening Room in the 1070 Humanities Gateway building for roughly 80 people. At the end of the movie, Cheon and the audience membersdiscussed and compared the creative process of writing novels and moviemaking.

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