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Professor Soyoung Kwon Appointed as Member of Incheon’s Peace City Initiative Committee

Professor Soyoung Kwon Appointed as Member of Incheon’s Peace City Initiative Committee

Dr. Soyoung Kwon, Assistant Professor of Global Affairs, was recently appointed as a member of Incheon City’s Peace City Initiative Committee by Incheon Mayor Park Nam-chun. As one of four academic experts among 30 committee members, Kwon plans to contribute her extensive experience in diplomacy and politics to a potential “peace city Incheon” to strengthen inter-Korean exchange and cooperation in creating a border peace zone.

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Gyu Tag Lee Comments on BTS Not Winning a Grammy Faculty News

Gyu Tag Lee Comments on BTS Not Winning a Grammy

BTS is the first K-pop act ever to be nominated for a Grammy. Despite much anticipation, BTS did not win a Grammy for its megahit single “Dynamite” at the 63rd Grammy Awards. Expressing disappointment at the results, cultural studies professor Lee Gyu-tag of George Mason University Korea said, “Their Grammy debut nomination itself was too late, as it should have come a year or two ago. The belated nomination had already proved how closed the Recording Academy was.”

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Gyu Tag Lee discusses the durability of K-pop with the Korea Times Faculty News

Gyu Tag Lee discusses the durability of K-pop with the Korea Times

On Dec. 10, The Korea Times invited three experts including Lee Gyu-tag, assistant professor of cultural studies at George Mason University Korea, to discuss the durability of K-pop and Korean cinema. They presented their analysis of the pandemic-driven shift in hallyu and how the year 2021 will evolve for Korean pop culture overseas.

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Crystal Anderson on BTS's $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter Faculty News

Crystal Anderson on BTS's $1 million donation to Black Lives Matter

Black Lives Matter, which has organized protests across the United States following the death of George Floyd in police custody, was of special importance to BTS fans, said Crystal Anderson, a faculty member at George Mason University and author of Soul in Seoul: African American Music and K-pop.

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