Friday, November 23, 2012

Upcoming Seminar: Military Confucianism in a Wall Street Law Firm

"Military Confucianism in a Wall Street Law Firm"


Speaker :Yeon Jin SEONG
J.D., Columbia University

PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Cornell University
Time: 12:30 p.m., Friday, 30 November 2012
Venue: Room 401 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


U.S. law firms, including Wall Street firms, are managed by strict ethics and practice guidelines from the headquarters. Korea practice groups of these firms were located in Hong Kong before a recent opening of the Korean legal market to U.S. and European firms. The Korea practice group of one of the Wall Street law firms at issue is operated by a mode of behavior and implicit rules that are quite different from, and in certain cases in direct breach of, the firm's general policy. The Korea practice group's modus operandi and discursive space are expressed and practiced in terms of military experience and Confucianist tenets. Everyday practice of hierarchy-bearing terms and culture-specific modes of interaction and behavior leads to the creation of an overdetermined meaning of being a Korean-speaking lawyer in the Korea practice group.


Feel free to bring your box lunch or sandwich to eat during the talk

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