• Coffee Morning
    Wed, August 21, 2019
    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Join us for our very first Coffee Morning held at the Four Seasons, Seoul! This new venue is modern, fun and perfect for socializing and networking with SIWA members. Light refreshments will continue to be included in your coffee morning ticket price.

We will welcome our guest speaker, Dr. Javier Cha, assistant professor of East Asian Studies in the College of Liberal Studies at Seoul National University. Dr. Cha will enlighten us on “Korea’s Past Around Us: Invented Traditions, the Unnoticed, and Erased Memories.”

Traces of Korea’s complicated relationship with its past can be found all over Seoul. In this talk, we will explore this history using objects, structures, and activities that we encounter around us. Some things that our Korean friends introduce to us as ancient may be recent inventions. Indigenous achievements presented to us as isolated inventions probably benefited from cultural interactions. Some memories are suppressed or even destroyed. Examples are plentiful in this city that has been the capital of Korea for more than 600 years.  Topics to be covered include: the Korean alphabet, traditional attire, rice-flour pastries, subway stations, Bukchon Hanok Village, and Myeong-dong, among others.

Please note that ticket price includes the speaker, coffee and light refreshments. Wine by the glass will be available for individual purchase during the last half of the Coffee Morning for 17,oooKRW, but is not included in the ticket price. The event will start at 10am.

Don’t miss this exciting talk about the dynamic country we live in today. If you’ve been away for the summer or just moved to Korea, we especially look forward to welcoming you (back) to Seoul!

About the Guest Speaker: Dr. Javier Cha:

Javier Cha is an assistant professor of East Asian Studies in the College of Liberal Studies at Seoul National University. Prior to moving to South Korea, he worked in the Netherlands and Hong Kong. Dr. Cha’s research areas include Confucian philosophy, medieval Korean history, invented traditions, English translation of East Asian classics, and digital methods in the humanities. He received his Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University, and B.A. and M.A. in Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia.


INTERESTED IN VOLUNTEERING FOR THE SIWA AND DIPLOMATIC COMMUNITY BAZAAR? Stay after the coffee morning for a short meeting to learn more about the Bazaar and how you can help. Sign up below! https://www.siwakorea.com/events/bazaar-volunteer-meeting-2019-08/

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Photos below of our new Coffee Morning venue: Boccalino Wine Bar at the Four Seasons, Seoul.



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97 Saemunan-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03183, South Korea

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