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Enforced Migration and Sedentarization in Modern Central Asia

A panel discussion hosted by The UCLA Asia Institute.

May 14, 2008 12:00am

Nile Green, History, UCLA (Moderator)
Arash Khazeni, Claremont McKenna College
Ali Igmen, CSU Long Beach
Dru Gladney, President of the Pacific Basin Institute and Professor of Anthropology at Pomona College
Sanjay Subrahmanyam, Director of the Center for India and South Asia and Doshi Professor of History, UCLA (Respondent)
with commentary by Y. David Chung, Co-Director, Koryo Saram: The Unreliable People

Koryo Saram: The Unreliable People (2006), by Y. David Chung, documents the forced resettlement of Koreans to Kazakhstan during the Stalinist regime. An earlier screening of Little Angel, Bring Me Joy (1992), by Usman Saparov, depicts the deportation of the German population out of Turkeminstan during the same era. Through a discussion of this year's Central Asia Initiative theme of "Mobility and Governability," scholars from different fields contextualize these population transfers into and out of Central Asia under Stalin.  Asking whether these events are best understood as a product of early 20th-century Soviet history, or from a long-view perspective of political contestation, movement through and settlement in the region, the panel will set the framework for the screening of Koryo Saram: The Unreliable People.

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