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Art and Seoul: Exploring the Beauty of Korean Musical Tradition
Jeongin Lee, Ph.D. student, Ethnomusicology Department, the University of Texas at Austin; and Dr. Hilary Finchum-Sung, Ethnomusicologist; Executive Director, Association for Asian Studies

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM
Time Zone: America/Chicago
Local Time: Wednesday, June 29, 2022 5:45 PM - 7:30 PM

Event Details
5:45 PM Reception
6:30 PM Program

You may be familiar with Korean popular music, or K-Pop, which has taken the world by storm. How has Korean music evolved over time and how does current popular music pay homage to traditional themes 


Join the Council in the Rosine Hall at the Dallas Arboretum as we explore the connections amongst music, identity, and tradition, and their ability to permeate an entire cultural experience. This immersive experience will feature Jeongin Lee, an ethnomusicology Ph.D. student at UT Austin, playing the gayageum (12-string Korean zither) and a traditional Korean fan dance performed by the Korean American Youth Artists of Texas. The performances will be followed by a discussion on the significance of of musical tradition in Asian studies with specialist Korean music theory specialist Dr. Hilary Finchum-Sung. We hope you will be a part of this immersive experience! 


About Jeongin Lee


Jeongin LeeJeongin Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas, Austin. In her undergrad program at Ewha Womens University, Seoul, South Korea, she majored Korean traditional music, playing gayageum (12-string Korean zither). She received her Master's Degree in Performance Studies from Texas A&M University in 2016. Jeongin is primarily interested in the nexus of music and violence and her current research explores the complex layers of the soundscape in the DMZ. Specifically, Jeongin focuses on the ways in which people—residents, soldiers, tourists, and artists—use sound and music to construct, maintain, and experience the space.

About Hilary Finchum-Sung
Dr. Hilary Finchum-SungDr. Hilary Finchum-Sungis the executive director of Association for Asian Studies, where she has been a member for about 20 years. She served as the first non-Korean faculty member in the Seoul National University’s department of Korean Music in the Republic of Korea where she spent the last decade. Dr. Finchum-Sung’s work has also been published in many academic journals, including Ethnomusicology,), Seoul Journal of Korean Studies, and Acta Koreana. She has mastered fluency in not only Korean language, but also Korean music, particularly as a performer on the two-string fiddle, haegeum. Dr. Finchum-Sung is a board member of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. She has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Indiana University.  

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Promotional Partners

Dallas Korean Cultural Foundation

Department of Modern Languages

The Korean American Professional Network

Location: Dallas Arboretum – Rosine Hall
8525 Garland Rd
Dallas, TX 75218
Fees: Flash Sale - $15 Members; $20 Non-Members
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