Annual Story Telling and Essay Contest Coming Up

image: cartoon SejongThe Fourteenth Annual Korean Story Telling and Essay Contest will be held Saturday, October 5, 2013, under the sponsorship of the Center for Korean Studies, the Korea Times (Hanguk ilbo), and Honolulu’s Radio Seoul. The contest is open to learners of Korean as a foreign language from beginning to advanced levels. It will take place at the Center beginning at 9:30 a.m.

The contest is held annually in conjunction with the observance of Hangul Day, a day designated to commemorate the invention and proclamation of hangul, the Korean alphabet, by King Sejong.

The storytelling contest requires contestants to give a speech of three to four minutes in Korean on one of three topics: “Korea, Korean people and me”; “Korean language and me”; or “My dream.” The topic of the essay contest will be announced on the day of the contest.

Judges will include UH Manoa faculty, the president of the Hawaii Korean School Association, and the Republic of Korea Honolulu consul general.

Participation in the storytelling contest requires registration in advance. Registration forms are available from UH Manoa Korean language teachers and the Korea Times (telephone 955-1234). The deadline for registering is October 2, 2012. Pre-registration is not necessary for the essay contest.

For other details, see the contest poster. Direct questions to Prof. Dong-Kwan Kong at or by telephone at (808) 956-4792.