John Duncan and Jennifer Jung-Kim (UCLA) will run a 90-minute micro-game of their "Reacting to the Past" game, Korea at the Crossroads of Civilizations: Confucianism, Westernization, and the 1894 Kabo Reforms, as a meeting-in-conjunction during the annual Association for Asian Studies-International Convention of Asia Scholars conference.
Participants will get an overview of the "Reacting to the Past pedagogy" and the Kabo game, and then break out into factions with their individual role assignments for a brief debate on social reforms. This micro-game is designed to provide an introduction to professors who wish to consider adapting the game for classroom use.
The game designers, instructors who have used the Kabo game in their teaching, faculty who have completed a two-day workshop on teaching the Kabo game, as well as a former student and Reacting veterans will be on hand for the post-debate discussion as well.
Please note that this is a historical role-playing course where students read primary sources and secondary scholarship on late-19th century Korea before launching into debates as historical characters from the 1894 Kabo games. The game engages the students to make these issues personal in order to win personal and factional victories. (It is not a video game, a board game, or a political science simulation.)