Organized Panel Session
A rising number of students crossing national borders to study as well as increasing transnational research and institutional networks have led scholars to explore how higher education institutions are adapting to and reflecting an increasingly interconnected world. Put differently, globalizing forces are often treated as contexts to the movement and the interconnectedness of ideas and people in higher education. While acknowledging the importance of these questions, this panel also seeks to explore a question less explored—its flipside. Namely, in what ways are these institutions the very sites that shape globalizing dynamics and the movement and interconnectedness of people and ideas? In what ways are students going overseas significant agents and shapers of these globalizing dynamics? This panel explores these questions with a focus on Korean students studying overseas and academics in Korean academic institutions. Bringing in both historical and contemporary perspectives, the papers in this panel locate universities as crucial sites and students and scholars as key agents in articulating and disseminating transnational forms of knowledge, shaping mobility patterns, and thereby not only connecting people and ideas across borders, but also shaping ways in which to do so. The panel explores this topic across different time periods. Hanmee Kim examines the 1920’s/30’s Korean students in the U.S., while Joon Young Jung explores Japanese researchers working on and in Korea from 1926 to the postwar era. Sangmee Oh takes the discussion to the 1950’s/60’s Korean American students, and Stephanie Kim explores contemporary South Korean students in the California higher education system.