Third Kyujanggak Hanmun Workshop

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The Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at Seoul National University will offer its third one-month intensive Hanmun workshop this summer. The workshop is for graduate students or advanced undergraduate students who have completed at least one year of classical Chinese courses and are interested in improving their reading comprehension of original texts. The workshop will last four weeks, from June 29 to July 23, 2015.

Since classes will be conducted in Korean, students should have at least intermediate-level proficiency in Korean. Seminars will take place each week from Monday to Thursday and last 2.5 hours each; the seminars mainly focus on the students’ translations of assigned texts. Therefore, in addition to class hours, students will spend at least ten hours a week preparing and translating the assigned texts.

The course registration fee is US$500, but fee-waiving grants and travel support are available. Applicants need to provide clear evidence of basic Hanmun comprehension skills, preferably through a reference letter from an academic advisor or Hanmun instructor.

To apply, complete the online application at beginning February 23, 2015. Applications are due by March 15. Announcement of acceptance will be made March 31. The final registration deadline is April 20.

For further information, contact Information about the Kyujanggak International Center for Korean Studies is available at

9th Kyujanggak Korean Studies Summer Workshop

The Kyujanggak Institute of Korean Studies will host its ninth summer workshop for Korean studies June 29 to July 10, 2015, at the Kyujanggak Institute for Korean Studies at Seoul National University. The workshop aims to give graduate students in Korean studies and Korea-related subjects the opportunity to further their understanding of research trends in various fields.

Morning lectures will cover research methods, trends, and approaches in ten different fields: history of science, old documents, architecture, anthropology, religion, art, politics, history, modern literature, and law. All classes and discussions will take place in Korean. In the afternoon, students can either take an introductory class for reading classical Korean texts composed in Hanmun or join a four-week intensive advanced Hanmun class. The course registration fee is US$500, but students can obtain a fee-waiving grant, as well as travel support.

To apply, complete the online application at beginning February 23 and provide a reference letter from an academic advisor. If you are planning to attend both the summer school and the Hanmun workshop, you need to file only one application, but indicate in the appropriate place that you will be attending both.

Applications are due by March 15, 2015. Announcement of acceptance will be made March 31. Final registration deadline is April 20, 2015. For further information, contact

For more information about the Kyujanggak International Center for Korean Studies, see and

University of Michigan Asia Library Travel Grants

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The Asia Library at the University of Michigan has announced its 2015 travel grants offered through the Nam Center for Korean Studies, the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, and the Center for Japanese Studies.

The three centers offer Asia Library Travel Grants on a competitive basis and are now accepting applications for the 2015 grants. The grants are to help defray the cost of travel, lodging, meals, and photo-duplication for scholars of Korea, China, and Japan at other institutions who wish to utilize the collection at the University of Michigan Asia Library. The Asia Library is one of the most comprehensive collections of East Asian materials in North America. For further information, visit the library’s Web site at

The grants will be paid as reimbursements of expenses in compliance with university travel guidelines. Candidates must secure approval prior to travel. Faculty and advanced graduate students at other institutions are eligible to apply. Grants are awarded in amounts up to $700 per trip. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

Applications for Korea-related grants should be submitted through the Nam Center for Korean Studies: For further information, send e-mail to

Colloquium: Women and Leadership in South Korea

photo: Kum-Sil Kang
The Center for Korean Studies spring 2015 Colloquium Series will present a discussion of women and leadership featuring former Republic of Korea minister of justice Kum-Sil Kang on Tuesday, February 24.

Kang, now senior advisor of One Law Partners, served with distinction in the Korean judiciary for thirteen years, including serving as a judge of the Seoul High Court. In 2003, she became the fifty-fifth minister of justice of the Republic of Korea and served until 2004. In her present position, she has been active in her firm’s continuing efforts to expand practice in the People’s Republic of China, as well as contributing to the growth of economic ties between the Republic of Korea and the People’s Republic of China.

Kang represents the Jeju branch of her law firm and serves as a member of the selection committee for the Peace Prize awarded by the Jeju 4.3 Peace Foundation. She also serves as director of The Asia Foundation Korean Office and as a special adviser to Qiqihar City, Heilongjiang, China. She is a graduate of the Seoul National University College of Law.

In her colloquium presentation, Kang will speak about her personal experience and the importance of women in leadership positions in South Korea. Her talk will take place in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Center for Korean Studies colloquia are free and open to the public. The Center is located at 1881 East-West Road on the UH Mānoa campus. Paid parking ($6.00) is available in the parking lot mauka of the CKS building and elsewhere on campus. For further information, including arrangements for access for the handicapped, telephone the Center at (808) 956-7041.

Korean Culture Day 2015

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The students and faculty of the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures and the Korean Language Flagship Center will present their annual Korean Culture Day program on Friday, March 13, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Center for Korean Studies.

Korean Culture Day activities typically include traditional brush calligraphy; taking pictures wearing traditional Korean clothing (hanbok 한복); playing traditional games such as chegich’agi (제기차기), a foot-shuttlecock game; ttakchich’igi (딱지치기), a folded-paper flipping match; and konggi (공기), Korean jacks; and taekwondo demonstrations. There are always Korean food items to sample too.

The Korean Culture Day program is free and open to all.

For further information, contact Prof. Mary S. Kim ( or the Korean Language Flagship Center ( at (808) 956-8469.

Film Series Entry Centers on Economic Hardship

still photo from Breathless
The Center for Korean Studies 2015 spring film series–Castaway in Korean Society–continues Tuesday, February 24, with a screening of the independent feature Breathless (똥파리), directed by Yang Ik-joon and released in 2008. The spring series, selected by Professor Myungji Yang of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of Political Science, is presenting cinematic explorations of how precariousness and economic uncertainty shape ordinary people’s daily lives in current Korean society.

The director of Breathless, Yang Ik-joon, also plays the main character, Sang-hoon. Sang-hoon is a brutal and foul-mouthed debt collector who works for a loan shark. He carries a notebook containing the names and addresses of those from whom he needs to collect, and he literally beats the money out of them. Violence is a way of effacing childhood memories of how Sang-hoon failed to stand up and protect his mother and sister from an abusive father. One day, he accidentally spits on Yeon-hee, a high school student, who refuses to put up with his rudeness and demands an apology. They get into an argument, and Sang-hoon knocks her down. She eventually makes her way into his life, however, and he begins to feel affection for her. As his feelings for Yeon-hee grow, he considers leaving his gangster life behind, but leaving the past turns out to be more difficult than he thought.

For more information about the series and about the remainder of the schedule, see See below for a link to the advertising trailer for Breathless.

Film screenings take place in the auditorium of the Center for Korean Studies at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus and begin at 6:30 p.m. Korean films are shown with English subtitles.

This series is free and open to all University of Hawai‘i students, faculty, and staff and to the community at large. The series is supported by the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies.

For further information about the film series, contact the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956-7041 or Professor Myungji Yang ( at (808) 956-6387.

Limited, paid public parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Center and in other visitor parking lots on campus for $6.00. For more information about parking regulations and locations, consult the campus parking office Web page.