Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis, assistant professor of art education, will share her research.
Public pedagogy offers an alternative for understanding ethnic youth communities and cultures in relation to media and identity politics. In this presentation, Dr. Bae will explore the digital media play of contemporary diasporic Korean teens living in a Midwest campus town in the U.S.
Drawing on postcolonial notions of “hybridity,” this study highlights the ways these youths engage in ambivalent practices of both identification and dis-identification with their seemingly “authentic” Koreanness, allowing them to plan and rearticulate the (in)authenticity of the “Other” (Bhabha, 1994; Min-ha, 1989).
The liminal tactics of difference opens up possibilities for rethinking alternative (de)pedagogical sites and understanding of public pedagogy, which go beyond the conventional notion of community and identity politics.