Institutionalization of Corruption in South Korea

Olli Hellmann speaks on corruption in South KoreaThe East-West Center Research Program brown-bag presentation on Wednesday, June 1, 2016, will feature politics specialist Olli Hellmann speaking on “The Institutionalization of Corruption in South Korea.” Hellmann is a lecturer in politics at the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom and is currently a POSCO visiting fellow at the East-West Center. His presentation will take place from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. in Burns Hall room 3012.

According to Hellmann, South Korea appears to be struggling more than other industrialized democracies to combat corrupt practices by public office holders. His presentation will argue that conventional anti-corruption approaches have failed to uproot corruption in South Korea, as particularistic exchanges are institutionalized in informal networks that connect political elites to private business. By generating social capital and harboring corruption-specific know-how, these networks can evade monitoring and resist punishment. Through a comparison with other capitalist countries in East Asia, he will trace the institutionalization of corruption back to the “critical juncture” at which organizations for mass mobilization were first established in the mid-twentieth century.

Olli Hellmann’s research on party organization and party systems in East Asia has been published in a monograph titled Political Parties and Electoral Strategy: The Development of Party Organization in East Asia (Palgrave Macmillan) and in a number of peer-reviewed journals, such as Party Politics and the Journal of East Asian Studies. More recently, his research has shifted toward issues of state building and corruption. Funding for this new research has come from the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the British Academy/DFID Anti-Corruption Evidence (ACE) Partnership.

For further information, contact the East-West Center Research Program.

Center for Korean Studies Announces Recipients of 2016-2017 Scholarships

image: CKS scholarshipsTwenty-eight students in Korea-related studies at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa will receive scholarship aid through the Center for Korean Studies during the 2016‒2017 academic year. Center scholarship awards for the academic year total $63,000. The recipients and their awards are listed below.

Descriptions of the scholarships administered by the Center for Korean Studies and instructions for applying for them can be found at The deadline for applying for Center-managed scholarships for the 2017–2018 academic year is February 3, 2017.

Donald C.W. Kim Graduate Scholarship

  • Bonnie Fox, M.A., Korean Flagship Program ($7,500)
  • Esther Yi, M.A., Korean Flagship Program ($7,500)

Herbert H. Lee Scholarships

  • Ji Hyun Choi, B.A., Korean Flagship Program and Economics ($1,000)
  • Clara Hur, M.A., Asian Studies Program ($4,000)
  • Anna Jang, J.D., Richardson School of Law ($4,000)
  • GiHyun Kim, B.A., Korean Flagship Program and Communication ($1,500)
  • Ah Lim Om, B.A., Korean Flagship Program and ICS ($1,500)
  • David Suh, B.A., Korean Flagship Program and Economics ($1,500)

N.H. Paul Chung Endowed Graduate Scholarship

  • Jai Eun Kim, M.A., Korean Flagship Program ($4,000)
  • Joseph Oh, M.A., Korean Flagship Program ($3,300)

Yŏng-Min Endowed Scholarship

  • Tanya Fitzgerald, M.A., Asian Studies Program ($2,000)
  • Sukyoung Myung, Ph.D., Political Science ($2,000)
  • Kyoung Won Oh, Ph.D., Korean Language ($1,660)
  • Sooran Pak, Ph.D., Korean Language ($640)

Dong Jae and Hyung Ja Lee Endowed Scholarship

  • Joanna Mills, B.A., Korean Flagship Program and Theatre ($1,900)

Center for Korean Studies Graduate Scholarships

  • Hyunjung An, Ph.D., Korean Linguistics ($1,660)
  • Yoonjung Cha, Ph.D., Social Work ($1,000)
  • Won Geun Choi, Ph.D., Political Science ($1,000)
  • Chiyeon Hwang, Ph.D., Korean Literature ($1,000)
  • HyeJin Kim, Ph.D., Korean Literature ($1,000)
  • Hee Jin Lee, M.A., Korean Linguistics ($1,000)
  • Jee Hyun Lee, Ph.D., Korean Linguistics ($1,660)
  • Sooran Pak, Ph.D., Korean Language ($1,020)
  • Hye Young Smith, Ph.D., Korean Language ($1,660)

Center for Korean Studies Undergraduate Scholarships

  • Connie Chong, B.A., Korean Flagship Program and Second Language Studies ($1,500)
  • Joseph Gaenzle, B.A., Korean Flagship Program ($1,000)
  • Dean Kira, B.A., Korean Flagship Program ($1,000)
  • Joanna Mills, B.A., Korean Flagship Program and Theatre ($1,500)
  • Ga Young Park, B.A., Korean Flagship Program and Biology ($1,500)
  • Eun-hae Whang, B.A., Korean Flagship Program and Travel Industry Management ($1,500)

In addition to these scholarships, federally funded Foreign Language and Area Studies fellowships, administered through the School of Pacific and Asian Studies, will go to twelve Mānoa students for the study of Korean. These awards consist of stipends and tuition allowances. The recipients for the 2016‒2017 academic year are:

  • Yeajin Kim, B.A., Korean Flagship Program
  • Brian H. Kim, M.A., Korean Flagship Program
  • Kelly Watts, M.A., Korean Flagship Program
  • Brian J. Kim, M.A., Korean Flagship Program

The following students are receiving FLAS grants to study Korean during the summer of 2016:

  • Clara Hur, M.A., Asian Studies Program
  • Kyle Akuya, B.A., Korean Flagship Program and Second Language Studies
  • Aaron Allen, B.A., Korean Flagship Program
  • Victoria Meza, B.A., Korean Flagship Program
  • Maile Pan, B.A., Korean Flagship Program

Water Management and Climate Policy in South Korea

The East-West Center Research Program will present a noontime brown-bag talk on water management and climate policy in South Korea Wednesday, May 18, 2016, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in Burns Hall 3012. The speaker will be Hyun Jung Park, currently a POSCO visiting fellow at the East-West Center. Her presentation is titled “Evaluation of Adaptive Water Management in the Context of South Korea Climate Policy.”

area of water management and climate policy studyTo cope with growing water demand and climate-related stresses, the Republic of Korea government conducted the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project. Completed in 2011, the project included the Han, Nakdong, Kŭm, and Yŏngsan rivers and applied a control-based approach relying heavily on technical solutions. The project was implemented under the slogan “low carbon and green growth,” but there were no clear explanations of how it contributed to the “low carbon” goal.

Hyun Jung Park’s research aims to find evidence to confirm whether it was a project for “low carbon” by estimating greenhouse gas emissions and removals due to the land-use changes caused by the project. Her study focuses on 40 kilometers of the Nakdong River, which represented 7 percent of the area of the restoration project. Park will share the results of her investigation (for example, big changes in patterns and capacities of greenhouse gas emissions/removals in the river basin and high level of carbon emissions particularly due to the reduced forest land). She will also discuss policy recommendations for effective water management in the context of Korea climate policy.

Hyun Jung Park is an independent scholar from Seoul. Until recently, she worked as a program officer for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, where she generated analytical reports and methodological guidelines/tools for policy-standard units in the Sustainable Development Mechanism Programme. Previously, she was a postdoctoral fellow at Georgia Institute of Technology. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, a master’s degree in city/environmental planning from Seoul National University, and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Kyung Hee University.

Pony Chung Fellowship at Korea University

Korea University offers Pony Chung FellowshipThe Research Institute of Korean Studies at Korea University has announced the offer of two programs under the auspices of the Pony Chung Foundation. The Pony Chung fellowship program is intended for young researchers abroad. A second program targets graduate students in Korea and abroad.

The Pony Chung Fellowship is intended to provide promising young scholars the tools and resources to expand their research, delve deeper into the topics of their studies, and develop academic relationships. Researchers of non-Korean nationality who have received a Ph.D. degree in Korean studies within five years are eligible to apply. Korean citizens who hold dual citizenship are eligible to apply.

Two awards will be made for the period of March 2017 to February 2018. The fellowship includes research funding (50,000,000 KRW), publication funding (10,000,000 KRW), appointment as a research professor, and office space.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2016. Applications should be submitted by e-mail to

Awards for Graduate Study

The goal of the program for graduate students is to further develop young scholars’ expertise in Korean studies and create a network of young researchers.

Participation is open to Korean and foreign-national graduate students who are in an M.A. or Ph.D. program in Korean studies. Applicants must be able take courses, give presentations, and participate in discussions conducted in Korean. A total of twenty applicants (ten Korean graduate students and ten foreign-national graduate students) will be accepted into the program.

The main part of the program consists of intensive courses and a research symposium. It will be conducted from August 1 to August 10, 2016, at the Research Institute of Korean Studies at Korea University.

The scholarship award includes one million KRW (for room and board assistance). Travel grants are available for participants from abroad (KRW 1 million/≒USD 870 for participants from the Americas and Europe; KRW 500,000/≒USD 435 for those coming from Asia).

The application deadline is May 30, 2016. The on-line application form can be found at

For additional information, contact:

International Center for Korean Studies
RIKS, Korea University
A306, Korean Studies Hall, Korea University,
Anam-dong, Seongbuk-gu, Seoul, Korea, 136-701

Office: 82-2-3290-2595
Fax: 82-2-3290-2596

Inter-University Center for Korean Language Studies Now Accepting Applications

Korean language studies at Sungkyunkwan UniversityThe Inter-University Center for Korean Language Studies at Sungkyunkwan University is now accepting applications for advanced academic Korean language training in the 2016 summer session and the 2016-2017 academic year. The Inter-University Center is an advanced Korean language training institution for academic researchers, graduate students, and prospective researchers in Korean studies as well as related professionals. It is jointly operated by Sungkyunkwan University and the executive committee of the Inter-University Consortium, currently co-chaired by faculty from UCLA and the University of British Columbia.

The IUC academic-year program focuses on building basic academic vocabulary, developing presentation skills, and enhancing writing abilities. A separate intensive six-week program is offered during the summer. The summer session is designed for students needing to upgrade their skills before starting the fall semester; students seeking to build on what they have learned during the preceding spring semester; and students seeking to refresh their academic Korean.

Tuition is $5,000 per semester for students from IUC member universities and $7,500 per semester for students from non-member universities. For the summer program, $2,500 for students from IUC member universities and $4,000 for students from non-member universities. Scholarships will be offered to selected applicants on a competitive basis.

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A Comparative Look at Industrial Relations Values

industrial relations speaker Byoung Mohk ChoiThe Department of Sociology Spring Colloquium Series and the Center for Korean Studies present a talk by Professor Byoung Mohk Choi titled “Industrial Relations Values: A Comparative Study of Western, Thai, and Korean Values” Friday, April 29, 2016.

Choi will speak at 3:00 p.m. in Saunders Hall 244. He is the department head of the School of Social Welfare at Far East University in Seoul. His research interests include social welfare, health, population, IT, social problems, the elderly, and community development. Professor Choi has published several books on Korean society and national health, dementia care, welfare, sociology, youth suicide, human behaviors, and social environment.

For further information, telephone the UH Department of Sociology at (808) 956-7693.