Organized Panel Session
For the past few years, transnational studies of individuals, ethnic groups, and societies across East Asia have shown multiple ways in which they are and have been connected and engaged with one another. Through an interdisciplinary approach that addresses various topics, including temporal reform, migrant labor, artistic exchange, and transnational cinema, this panel aligns itself with those recent efforts and further examines how, during the last century, various historical agents moved within and beyond East Asia, encountering and interacting with other people and ideas. By focusing on the diplomatic missions and foreign travels of Korean elites, which led them to adopt the Gregorian solar calendar, Seungyop Shin will investigate the integration of the Chosŏn dynasty into the regime of international standard time. Myungho Hyun will explore the three-decade-long circular migration of East Asian workers who labored on the construction of the Trans-Siberian Railway and in gold mines along the Amur River. Christina Mathison and Qi Wang will discuss the Taiwanese painter Chen Cheng-po and the Korean Chinese filmmaker Zhang Lu, respectively, to interrogate how their works both reflected and were shaped by the political and cultural contexts that surrounded them, especially through new spatio-temporalities that these artists experienced when they crossed borders, adopted new aesthetic practices, and faced national/colonial politics. These presentations will help us rethink sociopolitical institutions that have been defined within and by national boundaries, and they will challenge the view that aristocrats, laborers, and artists and their activities are fixed and independent from their shifting geopolitical milieus.