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Alumni Presentation 
Dr. Sharon Yoon D'04

The Intersections of Social Media, Social Activism and Public Policy:  Making Sense of the Rise of Hate Speech Protests in Osaka’s Korean Enclave

Date and Time: Tuesday, July 14, 2015
(Doors open 6:30 p.m. Talk begins 7:00 p.m. Networking begins 8:00 p.m.)

Location: South School Building 4th Floor, Room 445
Keio University Mita Campus 
http://www.keio.ac.jp/ja/access/mita.html (Japanese directions)
http://www.keio.ac.jp/en/maps/mita.html (English directions)

Cost: The talk is open to the public with no charge (courtesy of Keio University).  The cost of dinner will be separate and will be set later based on RSVPs.

The Dartmouth Club of Japan is excited to co-sponsor with Keio University a talk by Sharon Yoon on an important and timely topic.  This will be a great opportunity for Dartmouth and Keio alumni and current students to deepen their relationships with one another as well as with other guests.

Please RSVP (dartmouthclubjapan@gmail.com) by Monday, July 6, 2015
(Some of us may want to continue the conversation after the talk over dinner.  If you are interested in the dinner, please indicate that in your RSVP and we will try to reserve a place nearby.)

Summary: In the past five years, Japan has experienced a sudden surge of hate speech demonstrations organized by a new group of ultra-right nationalists in Japan. The graphic and sensational nature of their protests, of which “Kill the Koreans” can be considered one of the less offensive, has attracted widespread media attention. Unlike the country’s traditional right-wing nationalists, this group represents a new demographic of the frustrated and disenfranchised who have by and large relied on spreading their propaganda targeting third- and fourth-generation Korean ethnic minorities in Japan for draining the country’s scarce resources as recipients of state welfare benefits via social network sites (SNS). The presentation analyzes the discourse and activities of three groups: (1) the Citizens Group That Will Not Forgive Special Privileges for Koreans in Japan, otherwise known as the “Zaitokukai;” (2) Korean social activists who are at the forefront of the counter-racist movement in Osaka’s Korean enclave; and (3) ordinary Japanese citizens who witness these hate speech demonstrations in their everyday lives on the streets of Osaka and via SNS. I argue that though the new right is often dismissed for representing only an insignificant and skewed segment of Japanese society, that by utilizing the power of anonymity of the internet and by harnessing the overwhelming feeling of vulnerability and despair among the Japanese, the harmful influence of this group has been much more widespread than suspected. The talk will end with a discussion of possible public policy solutions in curbing the harmful effects of right-wing extremists more broadly.
About the Speaker: Sharon J. Yoon is the Japan Society for the Postdoctoral Fellow Postdoctoral Fellow at Osaka University. She received her doctorate in sociology from Princeton University as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow for her research on transnational entrepreneurship in Beijing’s Koreatown and previously conducted research as the Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Yoon’s current project analyzes the rise of hate speech and cyber-racism in Osaka’s Korean enclave. Her research interests on the Korean minorities in Japan and diasporic communities in East Asia stems from a Senior Fellowship thesis she conducted as an undergraduate over ten years ago, under the mentorship of several Japan scholars at Dartmouth College. This fall, Dr. Yoon will begin a tenure-track position at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.
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