From a Migrant to an Earthian: a Bangladesh-Korean Experience

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Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 20144:00PM - 6:00PM108N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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Critical Korean Studies Workshop


Mahbub Alam, born in Bangladesh, came to South Korea in 1999 as a migrant worker. While witnessing harsh reality and discrimination against migrant workers, Alam joined labor movements and later engaged in media activism. He took part in a number of film projects as both a director and an actor (The Deported (2007), Bandobi (2009), The Returnee (2009), City of Crane (2010), Love in Korea (2010), and others). He is an author of his autobiography, I am an Earthian (2010). He was a director of Asia Media Culture Factory, a cultural organization for diversity, and Free port, a migrant art center where he organized Seoul Migrant Art Festival and Earthian Music Band.

Based on his various experiences as once a migrant worker and a now Korean citizen, Alam will discuss problems of the media representation of foreign migrants in Korea and show how communications through art and cultural activities play an important role to build a community which would overcome ethnic and national boundaries.


Lisa Qiu


Hong Kal
Associate Professor, Department of Visual Art and Art History, York University

Mahbub Alam
Actor and Filmmaker

Main Sponsor

Centre for the Study of Korea


Centre for South Asian Studies

Asian Institute


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