A Night of Korean Art Songs

photo: Kim Hyeon-SimSoprano Hyeon-Sim Kim will present a recital of Korean art songs September 6, 2014, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Orvis Auditorium, 2411 Dole Street on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. Chung Haing Lee, piano, and Seola Kim, janggu and haegeum, will accompany Kim in a program of songs chosen to fit the themes of homeland, seasons, love, and nature, ranging in style from Korean traditional to romantic Western melodic songs.

Hyeon-Sim Kim is an alumna of Seoul National University (bachelor of music and master of music in voice) and the Manhattan School of Music in New York (master’s degree in vocal performance). She is guest professor of voice in the Music Department of Kyung Hee University in Seoul. She has lectured at Seoul National University, Korea National University of Arts, Kun-Kuk University, and Sejong University in Seoul.

Kim has performed eleven solo recitals in New York, Nashville, Seoul, and Pusan and has appeared in numerous operas, including La Boheme (Mimi), L’Elisir d’amore (Adina), Carmen (Micaella), and Ryu Gwan Soon (Ryu Gwan Soon). She has recorded two albums: Come Again! Sweet Love and The Grace of God.

Kim’s recital is presented by the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa, Music Department and Center for Korean Studies, The United Korean Association of Hawaii, and Seoul National University Alumni Association. Tickets are $10 general admission and $6 students, seniors (65+), and faculty (ID Required). For more information about the program, see the UH Music Department Web site.

Director of Harvard University Korean Language Program

image: Harvard University logoThe Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University invites applications for director of the Korean Language Program (KLP). The director will be appointed at the rank of senior preceptor. The five-year appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2015, and is fully renewable, contingent upon review and approval of the divisional dean. Among the duties of the director will be to head and direct the Korean Language Program, develop a creative and well-sequenced curriculum, train and supervise language instructors, and teach at least three courses per year. The director will also serve as a member of the department’s Language Program Committee. In addition, it is expected that the director will oversee the language component of Harvard Summer School/Korea (a summer study-abroad program in Seoul offering intensive credit-bearing Korean language instruction) to insure coordination with the department’s KLP in Cambridge.

An outstanding doctoral record in language pedagogy, applied linguistics, or a related field is required. Other qualifications for the position include substantial and innovative language-teaching experience in Korean language programs, expertise and experience in curriculum and material development, plus the use of digital resources and technology in language instruction, and evidence of scholarly work in language teaching, linguistics, or comparative culture. Candidates should have native or near-native ability in the production and comprehension of spoken and written modern standard Korean and English, plus proven skills in language program leadership and personnel management.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and experience, recent teaching evaluations, and any other relevant materials available for review. Candidates are required to submit names and e-mails of three references. The application will be considered complete only when all three recommendations have been received by the department. Candidates should also submit a fifteen-minute teaching demo video by uploading to a video sharing site and sending the link to chaireal@fas.harvard.edu, or on DVD to:

Gustavo Espada Financial and Systems Coordinator
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
Harvard University
2 Divinity Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted online by November 16, 2014, at http://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/5644. Questions about the application process may be sent to chaireal@fas.harvard.edu.

New Look at Tonghak and Ch’ŏndogyo Movements in CKS Book Series

Book coverHistorian Carl F. Young has undertaken a new study of the internal developments in the Tonghak and Ch’ŏndogyo movements between 1895 and 1910. The results are presented in the latest volume in the Center for Korean Studies Hawai’i Studies on Korea book series, Eastern Learning and the Heavenly Way: The Tonghak and Ch’ŏndogyo Movements and the Twilight of Korean Independence. The book, just issued, is co-published by the University of Hawai’i Press.

Tonghak, or Eastern Learning, was the first major new religion in modern Korean history. Founded in 1860, it combined aspects of a variety of Korean religious traditions. Because of its appeal to the poor and marginalized, it became best known for its role in the largest peasant rebellion in Korean history in 1894, which set the stage for a wider regional conflict, the Sino-Japanese War of 1894–1895. Although the rebellion failed, it caused immense changes in Korean society and played a part in the war that ended in Japan’s victory and its eventual rise as an imperial power.

Drawing on a variety of sources in several languages such as religious histories, doctrinal works, newspapers, government reports, and foreign diplomatic reports, Young explains how Tonghak survived the turmoil following the failed 1894 rebellion to set the foundations for Ch’ŏndogyo’s important role in the Japanese colonial period. The story of Tonghak and Ch’ŏndogyo not only is an example of how new religions interact with their surrounding societies and how they consolidate and institutionalize themselves as they become more established; it also reveals the processes by which Koreans coped and engaged with the challenges of social, political, and economic change and the looming darkness that would result in the extinguishing of national independence at the hands of Japan’s expanding empire.

photo: Carl YoungCarl Young is an associate professor in the History Department at the University of Western Ontario in London, Canada. A graduate of the University of London, his research interests focus on religious social movements, nationalism, and imperialism in modern Asia, centering especially on Korea and Japan. He also has a strong interest in comparative world history and cross-cultural interaction between different world regions. His previous research has included a comparison of South Korean minjung (popular) theology and Latin American liberation theology in the 1970s and 1980s. For more information about the book, visit the University of Hawai’i Press Web site.

Postdoctoral Fellowship at Australian National University

image: ANU Korea Institute logoThe Korea Institute at the Australian National University College of Asia and the Pacific is seeking to recruit a Postdoctoral Fellow to join a world-class group of researchers to contribute to Korea-related research fields of humanities and social sciences.



The Postdoctoral Fellowship is for a fixed period of two years, beginning in August 2015. The Postdoctoral Fellow is expected to: actively engage in research while participating in various forums and seminars on campus; teach one course related to his or her research interest during the two-year period of the fellowship; and carry out some administrative responsibilities in planning events on campus such as the Korean Studies lecture series, annual Korea Update, and the Korean Studies postgraduate students writing group. 



The successful applicant must have completed his or her Ph.D. by the time of appointment. Native or near-native fluency in both Korean and English is required. To be considered for this position, applicants must address the selection criteria, accompanied by a detailed curriculum vitae with contact information of at least two referees. 

The closing date for applications is December 1, 2014.

For more details on the position, including the selection criteria, see http://jobs.anu.edu.au/PositionDetail.aspx?p=4099.

Inquiries may be directed to Professor Hyaeweol Choi. Phone: +61 2 6125 4661. E-mail: korea.institute@anu.edu.au.

Tackling the North Korea Conundrum

photo: Zhiqun ZhuEast-West Center POSCO Visiting Fellow Zhiqun Zhu will lead a seminar titled “Tackling the North Korea Conundrum: What Can the ROK and China Do Together?” on Thursday, August 14, 2014, at 12 noon in Burns Hall 3012.

South Korea and China are the two biggest stakeholders in North Korea’s future and will be most affected by any drastic changes in North Korea. This seminar will explore how South Korea and China can cooperate to handle the North Korea challenge, including preparing for the DPRK’s collapse, so as to minimize the costs associated with the North’s inevitable transformation. Zhu will examine the current status of the North Korea problem, discuss the evolving relations between China and the two Koreas, and propose some policy options to China and South Korea in dealing with North Korea together. The suggested ROK-China joint efforts will focus on three dimensions: economic, political, and security.

Zhiqun Zhu is director of the China Institute and associate professor of political science and international relations at Bucknell University in Pennsylvania. His teaching and research interests focus on Chinese foreign policy and East Asian international relations. He has authored and edited twelve books and published dozens of journal articles and book chapters. He previously taught at the University of Bridgeport, Hamilton College, and Shanghai International Studies University. He was a visiting senior fellow at the East Asian Institute of the National University of Singapore in 2010 and 2012.

For further information, contact Cynthia Wasa Nakachi (nakachic@eastwestcenter.org), telephone (808) 944-7439.