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Qais Akbar Omar (GRS’16), a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, has published a much-praised memoir, A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story. He recalls how the violence and tumult of civil war jolted his family, who, despite losing relatives, their home, and possessions, continued to nurture his wish to attend a university.

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Popular Music and Counterculture in South Korea

Starts:
4:00 pm on Friday, February 15, 2013
Ends:
6:00 pm on Friday, February 15, 2013
Location:
CAS 228
The Korean Wave (hallyu) has been sweeping across Asia and the world since the 1990s. Korean soap operas, variety shows, popular music and movies have enjoyed phenomenal success in neighboring countries such as Japan and China and are beginning to develop a wide following in the West. Last year's "Gangnam Style", a rap song parodying Korea's nouveau riche, unexpectedly became a world-wide smash hit. Is Korean pop music representing or subverting mainstream Korean culture? Join ASIABU for a Tea Talk with Professor Yoon Sun Yang from the Modern Languages and Comparative Literature (MLCL) department on popular music and counterculture in South Korea. Prof. Yang will present on this topic, followed by a Q&A session. The popular Korean food Kim Bop will be served.