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|AMS - Library of Congress Lecture Series|
The American Musicological Society and the Music Division of the Library of Congress are pleased to present a series of lectures highlighting musicological research conducted in the Division’s collections.
20 November 2018, 7 p.m., Library of Congress, Madison Bldg., Montpelier Room:
Hye-jung Park (Ohio State University), "From World War to Cold War: Music in America's Radio Propaganda in Korea"
Hye-jung Park describes her talk as follows: "During World War II, the US Office of War Information (OWI) transmitted short-wave radio programs of news and music directly from the United States to Korea. Korea was still a colony of Japan, and Japanese colonial officials forbade American music. Under the wartime ban, OWI's radio broadcasts were the only channel by which Korean people could access American music. These radio programs portrayed the United States as the bringer of Korea's freedom from Nazism and Japanese colonialism. Heralding Japan's defeat, the OWI's radio programs also cultivated familiarity with Western music in Korea, particularly with novel and hybrid forms of American music. The US Army Military Government in Korea that occupied southern Korea after the war (1945-48) continued to make strategic use of music. The military government made great efforts to foster Western classical music in Korea, effectively countering Soviet emphasis on accessible music with socialist content. In addition, US officials gained Koreans' confidence by restoring 'authentic' Korean traditional music that was lost under Japanese colonial rule. By revealing the connections between wartime and Cold War music policies, I demonstrate that music in US wartime radio propaganda was an important precedent for the Cold War musical propaganda efforts that followed."
Hye-jung Park is a PhD candidate in musicology at the Ohio State University. Her research focuses on music in US-Korea relations from 1941 to 1960, and she has presented on this topic at the annual conferences of the American Musicological Society, the Society for Ethnomusicology, the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, and the Association for Asian Studies. Park is a recipient of the Alvin H. Johnson AMS 50 dissertation fellowship for 2018-19 from the American Musicological Society. Her research has also been supported by the Margery Lowens Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Society for American Music.
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