Korean Baby Boomers: Who Are They?

Dr. Mee Hye Kim will present research on the baby boomers in South Korea Monday, December 5, 2016, at 12 noon. She will speak from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Gartley Hall, Room 018, on the University of Hawaii Manoa campus.

Kim is a professor at Ewha Womans University with expertise in gerontology, women’s welfare, and social welfare policy analysis. She has spent this year as a visiting scholar at the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work.

She is currently a board member of the Federation of Korean Gerontological Societies, a former president of the Korean Gerontological Society, and a commissioner of the Social Welfare Committee of Seoul City, Elderly welfare section.

A Dialogue with Gong Ji-Young

Gong Ji-YoungThe Center for Korean Studies is pleased to present A Dialogue with Gong Ji-Young: Empathy Friday, November 18, 2016. Gong Ji-Young is a best-selling novelist and one of the most popular “new wave” women writers in South Korea. She is the recipient of multiple literary awards.

A writer whose works center on social activism, Gong will speak about her works and themes and how they were shaped. Her major themes include issues surrounding the labor movement and women’s struggles, particularly gender equity and Korean society’s failure to move beyond patriarchal ways of thinking.

Two of her books, Human Decency (2006) and Our Happy Time (2005), are available in English translation.

Gong’s literary awards include the 21st Century Literary Award; the Korean Novel and Literature Award from the Korea Novelist Association; the Oh Young-soo Literature Award; a Special Media Award from Amnesty International; and the Yi Sang Literary Award.

Gong’s presentation will take place in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. November 18. UH professor of Korean literature Yung-Hee Kim will introduce her. A question-and-answer session will follow. The program is free and open to all.

This event is supported by the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2015-OLU-25005). It is also supported by the Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Fund at the Center for Korean Studies.

For further information, including information regarding access for the handicapped, telephone the Center at (808) 956-7041.

Limited, paid ($6) public parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Center and in other parking lots on campus. For more information about parking regulations and locations, consult the campus parking office Web page.

CKS Film Series Finale: The Way Home

CKS film series feature The Way HomeThe Center for Korean Studies fall 2016 film series winds up November 15 with a screening of The Way Home (집으로), a 2002 feature directed by Lee Jeonghyang.

This film completes the series “Late Blossoms: Old Age in Korean Cinema,” movies chosen to present a positive view of later life in South Korea. The films for the series were selected by UH Korean studies librarian Jude Yang.

The Way Home tells the story of Sangwoo, a seven-year-old boy who is left in a remote village with his grandmother while his mother looks for work. Born and reared in the city, Sangwoo finds conflict in the rural environment with his old-fashioned grandmother. He gets angry when he thinks his mother has abandoned him. Selfish and disrespectful, he trades his grandmother’s treasure for a video game, throws his food, and pitches tantrums. Through his grandmother’s endless patience and devotion, Sangwoo learns to embrace empathy, humility, and the importance of family. He is a different boy by the time his mother finds work and returns for him.

Center for Korean Studies film screenings are free and open to all. They take place in the Center’s auditorium at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. Korean-language films include English subtitles. Screenings begin at 6:30 p.m.

To mark the conclusion of the current series, light refreshments will be served before the screening, so come early. Refreshments will be available beginning at 5:00 p.m. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. as usual.

Limited, paid ($6) public parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Center and in other parking lots on campus. For more information about parking regulations and locations, consult the campus parking office Web page.

Support for this series comes from the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies. DVDs used for the screenings are gifts of the Korean Film Council and the Korean Film Archive.

For further information about the series, telephone the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956-7041 or Jude Y. Yang (yoonlim@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956-2319.

Watch the Trailer

An advertising trailer for The Way Home is available here:

Anthropology and Korean Studies Position at Ole Miss

University of Mississippi Korean studies position announcementThe Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Croft Institute for International Studies at the University of Mississippi invite applications for a position as Croft assistant professor of anthropology and Korean studies. This is a joint-appointment, tenure-track position supported by the Korea Foundation. Tenure and promotion reside in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology. The start date is August 2017.

The search is for a cultural or linguistic anthropologist who will take a leading role in the development of Korean studies at the University of Mississippi. The successful candidate will be able to teach introductory and thematic courses for anthropology and international studies as well as upper-level and graduate courses with a focus on Korea.

Candidates should have an active fieldwork program, a strong commitment to teaching, and the language proficiency to conduct original research in Korean. A Ph.D. in anthropology is required by the time of appointment.

Teaching and service responsibilities will be divided equally between the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Croft Institute. The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in anthropology, and the Croft Institute administers the major in international studies within the College of Liberal Arts.

To Apply

Interested candidates should apply online at https://https://jobs.olemiss.edu/postings/10802 by uploading a letter of application, curriculum vita, outline of current and projected research interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a writing sample, and names and contact information for three individuals who can be contacted for letters of recommendation.

Review of applications will begin when an adequate pool is established, but no earlier than November 10, 2016. Review will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

For information about the University of Mississippi Department of Sociology and Anthropology, see http://socanth.olemiss.edu. For information about the Croft Institute for International Studies, see http://www.croft.olemiss.edu.

University of Pennsylvania Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2017‒2018

James Joo-Jin Kim program Moon Family postdoctoral fellowship announcementThe James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania is now accepting applications for the Moon Family Postdoctoral Fellowship in Korean Studies for the 2017–2018 academic year. The postdoctoral program is open to scholars whose research focuses on Korea. Those working in the humanities will receive preference.

The fellowship will cover a period of up to twelve months between August 1, 2017, and July 31, 2018, and will provide a stipend of $50,000. The Kim Program will cover the cost of health insurance (including medical, dental, vision, and life). The postdoctoral fellow will also receive office space and access to libraries and other resources at the university.

The selected fellow will be required to remain in residence; teach one course for undergraduates in the spring semester of 2018; give a public presentation for Korean Studies Colloquium; mentor Kim Program undergraduate fellows; and participate in Kim Program events and related activities at Penn.

Applicants must have received the Ph.D. degree within five years of the postdoctoral appointment year (that is, in 2012 or later). The applicant who is awarded the fellowship must complete all requirements for the Ph.D. degree (dissertation deposited) by July 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 6, 2017.

For Further Information

For further information and application instructions, see https://apply.interfolio.com/39010.

Direct inquiries to Melissa Jen DiFrancesco (meljen@sas.upenn.edu), Associate Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania. Telephone (215) 573-8367.

Spring 2017 UH Graduate Scholarship Available

CKS logo for graduate scholarship announcementThe Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is now accepting applications for the spring 2017 Core University Graduate Scholarship. This scholarship is to apply toward tuition and student fees only. UH Mānoa graduate students with a focus on Korean studies are highly encouraged to apply.

Follow this link to download a copy of the scholarship application form. In addition to the completed form, applications must include a two-page essay addressing academic plans and major/focus and how they relate to Korean studies; copies of academic transcripts; and two letters of recommendation (see the application form for details). Only fully completed applications with all supporting documentation will be considered.

Applications and supporting documents must be sent to the address below:

Center for Korean Studies, UHM
Attn: Kortne Oshiro-Chin
1881 East-West Rd., Rm 208
Honolulu, HI 96822

Hand-delivered applications must be received by Thursday, November 10, 2016, 4:00 p.m., HST. If mailed, applications must be postmarked by November 7, 2016. E-mail applications will not be accepted.

For further information, contact Kortne Oshiro-Chin at kortne@hawaii.edu or telephone (808) 956-2212.

This scholarship is supported by a Core University Program for Korean Studies Grant through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2015-OLU-2250005).