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Introduction: Reflections on Nancy Abelmann's Legacy

  • Eleana Kim (a1) and Jesook Song (a2)

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Nancy Abelmann passed away on January 6, 2016, at the age of fifty-six. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1990, after completing her dissertation under Nelson Graburn. That same year, she was hired by the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she worked for two and a half decades. She was a beloved teacher, mentor, and colleague to many, and she was a key figure in multiple departments and centers. At the time of her death, she held the Harold E. Preble Professorship in Anthropology, Asian American Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, and Women and Gender Studies and was also Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

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1 Abelmann, Nancy and Lie, John, Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riots (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1995); Abelmann, Nancy, Echoes of the Past, Epics of Dissent: A South Korean Social Movement (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1996).

2 Linda Lewis, review of Echoes of the Past, Epics of Dissent, by Abelmann, Nancy, Journal of Asian Studies 57, no. 2 (1998): 556.

3 Abelmann, Nancy, The Melodrama of Mobility: Women, Talk, and Class in Contemporary South Korea (Honolulu: University of Hawai‘i Press, 2003).

4 Kyung-Sup, Chang, “Compressed Modernity and Its Discontents: South Korean Society in Transition,” Economy and Society 28, no. 1 (1999): 3055.

5 Nancy Abelmann, The Melodrama of Mobility, op. cit. note 3, 27.

6 McHugh, Kathleen and Abelmann, Nancy, eds., South Korean Golden Age Melodrama: Gender, Genre, and National Cinema (Detroit, Mich.: Wayne State University Press, 2005).

7 Nancy Abelmann and Kathleen McHugh, “Introduction: Gender, Genre, and Nation,” ibid., 4.

8 See Abelmann, The Melodrama of Mobility, op. cit. note 3.

9 Abelmann, Nancy, The Intimate University: Korean American Students and the Problems of Segregation (Durham, N.C.: Duke University Press, 2009).

10 Abelmann, Nancy, Choi, Jung-ah, and Park, So Jin, eds., No Alternative? Experiments in South Korean Education (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2012); Lo, Adrienne, Abelmann, Nancy, Kwon, Soo Ah, and Okazaki, Sumie, eds., South Korea's Education Exodus: The Life and Times of Study Abroad (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2015).

11 Okazaki, Sumie and Abelmann, Nancy, Korean American Families in Immigrant America: How Teens and Parents Navigate Race (New York: New York University Press, 2018).

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  • Eleana Kim (a1) and Jesook Song (a2)

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