The 2022 NCA Convention was held from November 17 until 20 in New Orleans, LA. The KACA had three conference programs: one Paper Session and two Panel Discussions.
Research Paper Session: Saturday, November 19, 2022
The Paper Session (“Politics of people: Exploring Korean identities, community, and place”) was held on November 19, with five paper presentations, chaired by Jin R. Choi (University of Maryland).
The first paper (“Communication patterns, host receptivity, and psychological health in the process of cross-cultural adaptation: A survey and interview study of Korean and Indonesian expatriate workers”), authored by Yang-Soo Kim (Middle Tennessee State University) and Young Yun Kim (University of Oklahoma) was delivered by Eun-Jung Han (Salisbury University). The second paper (“Melodramatizing racialized Korea: The impasse of Black representation in Itaewon Class”) presented by Benjamin Han (Tulane University). The third paper (“Political civic tech in South Korea as the contested site of citizenship formation”) was presented by Danbi Yoo (University of Massachusetts, Amherst). The fourth (“Study on the reunification of Korea and the Korean-American community”) was presented by JongHwa Lee (Angelo State University). The fifth paper (“Using the extended parallel process model to examine intentions to take actions when encountering self vs. loved one’s depressive symptoms”) was presented by Ji Youn Ryu (Ohio State University).
We want to extend congratulations to our top faculty paper winner (Dr. Benjamin Han, Tulane University) and top student paper winner (Danbi Yoo, University of Massachusetts, Amherst).
The First Panel Session: Friday, November 18, 2022
The first Panel Discussion (“Insights from Asian female educators’ experience in communication and public relations”), chaired by Jae-Hwa Shin (U of Southern Mississippi), was held on November 18, with four presenters: Moon Lee (Syracuse U), Jin-Ae Kang (East Carolina U), Jisu Huh (U of Minnesota), and Jae-Hwa Shin (U of Southern Mississippi), discussing underrepresented and underserved voices of Korean female educators in the post-Trump era.
The Second Panel Session: Saturday, November 19, 2022
The second Panel Discussion (“Reflections on K-scholarship and KACA: Honoring PLACE”), chaired by JongHwa Lee (Angelo State U), was held on November 19, with three presenters: Seok Kang (U of Texas, San Antonio), Hye-ryeon Lee (U of Hawaii, Manoa), Kyu Ho Youm (U of Oregon). Nojin Kwak (U of Buffalo, SUNY) was not able to participate due to the weather/flight issue. The panel discussed the legacies, contributions, and challenges of “K-scholarship” and the KACA.
KACA Social Gatherings
The KACA-NCA held a graduate student social luncheon on Friday (18th); about a dozen graduate students participated, plus four faculty members.
The KACA also had a social dinner at a local seafood place (King’s Fish), with over twenty-five attendants (including ten faculties).