Million-Dollar Pledge Will Underwrite Korean Studies Distinguished Lecture Series

photo: Daisy L. and Sung Chul YangDr. Sung Chul Yang and his wife, Dr. Daisy Lee Yang, have pledged a gift of $1 million to the Center for Korean Studies to endow a program to be known as the Drs. Sung Chul Yang and Daisy Lee Yang Lecture Series. The new series will enable the regular appearance at Mānoa of eminent scholars of Korean and Asian affairs.

“We established this endowment to contribute to the building of common ground that our world needs in order to resolve conflict and create a more peaceful world,” Sung Chul Yang explained.

“Gifts such as this one enable us to continue growing as an institution for the education of future Koreanists,” said Center for Korean Studies Director Dr. Sang-Hyop Lee. “They also provide crucial support for our programs to broaden knowledge and understanding of Korea and Asia.”

Sung Chul Yang has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in a wide range of leadership and academic positions. These include serving as a distinguished professor at Korea University; ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States; senior adviser and chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Kim Dae-jung Peace Foundation; and member of the 15th Republic of Korea National Assembly.

Born and reared in Korea, Yang earned his B.A. at Seoul National University, his M.A. at the University of Hawai‘i, and his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky.

“I not only owe a lifelong gratitude to UH Mānoa and the Center for Korean Studies, but to the U.S. government and American people as well,” Yang said. “At UH as an East-West Center grantee, I learned the importance of intercultural relations and education.”

He added: “Cultural open-mindedness isn’t all I gained at UH. I met my wife, a third-generation Korean-American, and for this too I am grateful.”

Daisy Jung Jin Lee was born in North Korea. Her family moved to Hawai‘i and she was graduated from McKinley High School. She earned her B.A. from the University of Hawai‘i, M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Kentucky, and MAT from the University of Louisville. She had a successful career in academia including professorships at Korea University, Hankook University of Foreign Studies, and Kyunggi Open University in Seoul, Korea.

She also has served in a variety of community leadership roles including the Superintendent’s Task Force and Advisory Committee on Advance Program, and the Community Advisory Committee for Bilingual Education Program, Jefferson County Board of Education in Louisville, Kentucky. She is the author of Lady Bora from Diamond Mountain, a Korean historical fantasy novel.

Research Grant Opportunity at USC Korean Heritage Library

USC logoThe Korean Heritage Library at the University of Southern California has announced the availability of grants for researchers, librarians, and educators wishing to use the library’s resources. The grants are funded by the Overseas Korean Studies and Heritage Foundation.

The grants are available to scholars and librarians whose research can benefit from the resources at the USC Korean Heritage Library. Strong preference will be given to distinguished scholars from Korea and other countries outside the United States and to those at U.S. institutions with few Korean library resources.

A maximum of $3,000 will be awarded in 2015 to support up to three scholars. Awards for international scholars are up to $2,000 and for domestic scholars up to $1,000.

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Korean Ceramics at the Honolulu Museum of Art

example of Korean ceramics from Koryo periodThe Honolulu Museum of Art will exhibit items from its collection of Korean ceramics from August 13 to November 8, 2015. The exhibition, titled “Splendor and Serenity: Korean Ceramics from the Honolulu Museum of Art,” will present highlights from the museum’s internationally renowned collection of Korean ceramics, some of which will be displayed for the first time. The exhibition is designed to convey a deep appreciation of one of the world’s most exquisite ceramic traditions as it developed over a thousand years.

“Splendor and Serenity” is supported in part by the Korea Foundation and the National Museum of Korea. The Museum, formerly known as the Honolulu Academy of Arts, is located at 900 South Beretania Street in Honolulu. It is open 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. There is a small admission charge for adults.

To learn more about the exhibition and the availability of docent-led tours and discussions, visit the Musuem’s Web site at

The Museum will also be celebrating Korean arts and culture through special events throughout the month of September.

Ph.D. Research Fellow Position in Korean Studies at Frankfurt

Goethe University logoWith funding from the Academy of Korean Studies, the Interdisciplinary Centre for East Asian Studies at Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, is seeking to fill two Ph.D. research fellow positions (Wissenschaftliche/r Mitarbeiter/in) (E13 TV-G-U, 50 percent part-time) for a fixed term of three years beginning October 1, 2015.

The successful candidates will be expected to write a Ph.D. thesis within the scope of the research project “Transnational Migration in and out of Korea,” to be submitted by the end of the contract period; provide support in preparing and teaching classes (2 SWS/2h per week); provide organizational support for research activities, colloquia, and conferences; and contribute to publications/academic articles and presentations at conferences.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies at Tübingen

image: Tubingen logoThe Department of Chinese and Korean Studies of the Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen in Germany invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship in Korean studies. The position is scheduled to begin March 1, 2016, and end on September 30, 2019.

Requirements for appointment are an above-average Ph.D. degree in Korean studies or a related discipline and proficiency in spoken and written Korean and in German or English. The Ph.D. must have been completed by the time of appointment.

The fellow is expected to participate and contribute to research projects and programs on modern Korea, particularly in the fields of colonialism, the Cold War, or migration. The Korean Studies Program is especially interested in candidates whose research can complement and strengthen the existing approach of situating Korean history, society and culture into an East Asian and global context. The fellow is expected to teach two courses per semester (four hours per week) and to contribute administrative work, including assistance in the administration of the Korean studies library.

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Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research in 2016

Korea Foundation logoThe Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research offers support to enable eminent overseas Korean studies scholars and experts in relevant fields to conduct on-site field research in Korea and access resource materials. Overseas researchers of comparative/case studies in Korean studies or Korea-related areas in the humanities or social sciences may apply for support in the following categories.

  • Type A: Doctoral candidate who has completed his or her requisite coursework and is in the process of writing a doctoral dissertation (monthly stipend: KRW2,000,000);
  • Type B: Lecturer or researcher with at least five years of experience in teaching or research at a university or research institute (monthly stipend: KRW2,300,000);
  • Type C: Assistant professor or an individual currently in a professional/research field with more than ten years and less than twenty years of career experience; must hold a Ph.D. degree (monthly stipend: KRW2,600,000);
  • Type D: Associate or full professor or an individual currently in a professional/research field with more than twenty years of career experience; must hold a Ph.D. degree (monthly stipend: KRW3,000,000).

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