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FRIDAY, JUNE 10, 2011 [updated 06.07.11]

Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility
Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto

  8:30 – 9:00 REGISTRATION and breakfast
    Continental and Korean breakfast
  9:00 – 9:30 WELCOME
  Professor Joseph Wong (Canada Research Chair, Political Science; Director, Asian Institute, University of Toronto)
  Senator Vivienne Poy, Honorary Patron (Chancellor Emerita of the University of Toronto)
  Consul General Ji-in Hong (Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto)

More Important than Sex? Foodways and Korean Culture
Professor Michael Pettid (Korean Studies in Asian and Asian American Studies; Director of Translation Research and Instruction Program (TRIP), Binghamton University-State University of New York

  10:15 – 10:30 BREAK
  10:30 – 11:45

PANEL I: Social Change and Cultural Discourses on Food


Constructing National Hauté Cuisine in Globalizing Korea
Professor Okpyo Moon (Anthropology; Dean of Graduate School, Academy of Korean Studies, Korea)


From Nutrition to Aesthetics: Meaning of Rice and Rice Consumption in Korea Professor Kwang Ok Kim (Anthropology, Seoul National University, Korea)


Colonial Food Modernity at Its Formation - An Analysis of Food Discourses of Korea in the 1920s and 1930s
Ms Jina Lee (Author; PhD Candidate in Anthropology, Seoul National University, Korea)


Discussant: Professor Rick Halpern (Bissell-Heyd Chair of American Studies; Dean, University of Toronto Scarborough)

  11:45 - 12:30 FOOD DEMONSTRATION
  Corporate Chef Chan Bu Jung (Bulgogi Brothers; former Korean Cuisine Executive Head, The Blue House, Korean Presidential Office)
  12:30 – 2:00 LUNCH
  2:00 – 3:15

PANEL II: Food, Health, and Market Forces


Dynamic Korean Cuisine: Food and Nutrition
Professor Soo-Kyung Lee (Food and Nutrition, Inha University, Korea)


Nutrition, Food Marketing, and Population Health
Professor Valerie Tarasuk (Nutritional Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto)


Affluent Food Priorities: Healthy & “Green,” Authentic & Exotic
Professor Josee Johnston (Sociology, University of Toronto at Mississauga)


Discussant: Dr. Catherine L. Mah (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Head, Food Policy Research Initiative, Ontario Tobacco Research Unit)

  3:15 – 3:30 BREAK
  3:30 – 4:45 PANEL III: Korean Food: Cooking and Eating Practices

Korean Food and Its Representations
Dr. Bruce Kraig (Professor Emeritus in History and Humanities, Roosevelt University in Chicago; president of Culinary Historians of Chicago; host and writer)


Branding Korean Food in the Global Market: Globalization Strategies through Authenticity and Innovation
Mr. Chai-Woo Yi (president, Bulgogi Brothers)


From Inside the Korean Stomach: Stories and Etiquette at the Korean Table
Ms Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee (Award-winning chef, writer and artist)


Discussant: Professor Vanina Leschziner (Sociology, University of Toronto)

  4:45 – 5:00 CLOSING REMARKS

Professor Ito Peng (Sociology; Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science, University of Toronto)

University Club of Toronto
380 University Avenue, Toronto

5:30 – 6:30 RECEPTION




  Food by: Corporate Executive Chef Chan Bu Jung (Bulgogi Brothers; former Korean Cuisine Executive Head, The Blue House, Korean Presidential Office); Executive Chef Jimmy Heung Soon Im (Bulgogi Brothers); with assistance from the sous chefs at Bulgogi Brothers, Toronto

MCs: Ms Byulna Ryo (former Miss Korea representing Canada; Service Director, Air Canada) and Mr. Sonny Cho (former Toronto City Councillor candidate; President, Avantis Inc.; and member of the Board of Directors, Ontario Place Corporation)