KLFC Program on the Traditional Korean Wedding Ceremony

The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter Spe­cial Lec­ture Series will fea­ture a pro­gram on the tra­di­tion­al Kore­an wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny Thurs­day, Sep­tem­ber 21, 2017, from 3:00 to 4:15 p.m. The pro­gram will be con­duct­ed by Sang Lee, a dis­tin­guished artist of the Kore­an com­mu­ni­ty in Hawai‘i.

Sang Lee photoOver the past thir­ty-five years, Sang Lee has made many artis­tic con­tri­bu­tions to the Islands by intro­duc­ing rich Kore­an tra­di­tions such as wed­ding cer­e­monies, cal­lig­ra­phy, and paint­ings. His art­works por­tray a tan­gi­ble con­nec­tion between the past and the present of Korea and the Unit­ed States, the essence of the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

Along with the demon­stra­tion of the tra­di­tion­al wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny, the pro­gram will include dance per­for­mances by Mary Jo Fresh­ley, direc­tor of the Hal­la Huhm Kore­an Dance Stu­dio; Clara Hur, a Kore­an Flag­ship M.A. stu­dent; and Annette Lee, a UH Mānoa busi­ness stu­dent. Repli­cas of sev­er­al tra­di­tion­al roy­al cos­tumes will also be on display.

The pro­gram is free and open to the pub­lic and will take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um at 1881 East-West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Mānoa cam­pus. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter at flagship@hawaii.edu or tele­phone (808) 956‑8469. For more infor­ma­tion about the Flag­ship pro­gram, see Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter.

Mid-Twentieth-Century Modernism Is Subject of Eighth CKS Critical Issues Forum

Choson UnhaengIssues of mod­ernism in mid-twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry Korea will be at the heart of dis­cus­sions when the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies presents its eighth Forum on Crit­i­cal Issues in Kore­an Stud­ies August 31 and Sep­tem­ber 1, 2017. The fea­tured speak­er will be Janet Poole of the Depart­ment of East Asian Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. Pre­sen­ta­tions both days will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Center.

Futures Interrupted

On Thurs­day, August 31, Poole will present a lec­ture titled “Futures Inter­rupt­ed: Going North and the His­to­ry of Kore­an Mod­ernism.” The lec­ture will cen­ter on Yi T’aejun and Ch’oe Myŏngik, cel­e­brat­ed fic­tion writ­ers in the late colo­nial peri­od. Poole presents the two as rep­re­sent­ing the anti­quar­i­an and deca­dent ten­den­cies of con­tem­po­rary writ­ing in the Kore­an lan­guage. Though they were acknowl­edged as mod­ernists dur­ing the 1930s, their work is usu­al­ly under­stood as hav­ing regressed after Lib­er­a­tion under the influ­ence of the North Kore­an soci­ety to which they moved (in the case of Yi) or in which they stayed (in the case of Ch’oe) after the divi­sion of the penin­su­la. This talk will take an explorato­ry look at Yi’s and Ch’oe’s writ­ing from the late colo­nial and ear­ly post-Lib­er­a­tion peri­ods and ask two ques­tions: Can we think of lit­er­ary works from the era of the Asia-Pacif­ic and Kore­an wars as form­ing part of an ongo­ing mod­ernist project? And what is at stake in doing so?

Crossing the Great Divide

On the sec­ond day, Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 1, Poole will lead a dis­cus­sion on the top­ic “Cross­ing the Great Divide: Mid-Cen­tu­ry Mod­ernism on the Kore­an Penin­su­la.” Her point of depar­ture is a call by his­to­ri­an Yun Hae­dong for a rethink­ing of mid-twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry Kore­an his­to­ry, extend­ing the rubric of total mobi­liza­tion from the begin­ning of the sec­ond Sino-Japan­ese War in 1937 past the dra­mat­ic events of lib­er­a­tion from colo­nial rule and onto the end of active fight­ing in the civ­il war in the mid-1950s. Where­as total mobi­liza­tion refers more com­mon­ly to the era of Japan­ese impe­ri­al­ism, Yun argues for con­ti­nu­ity across the colonial/​postcolonial/​Cold War divides marked by the for­ma­tion of sep­a­rate states on the penin­su­la in 1948. Poole regards Yun’s polemic as high­ly sug­ges­tive for a recon­sid­er­a­tion of Kore­an lit­er­ary texts and images, which have been equal­ly sun­dered by the divi­sion — both tem­po­ral and spa­tial — into an implaca­ble con­test between real­ism and mod­ernism. She will address the ques­tion of whether an expan­sive under­stand­ing of Total War, togeth­er with a recon­sid­er­a­tion of mod­ernism as a response to the mul­ti­ple tem­po­ral­i­ties of glob­al moder­ni­ty, offer strate­gies to cross the great divide in the realm of aes­thet­ics and politics?

About Janet Poole

Janet Poole photoJanet Poole earned her B.A. (Hon­ours) in Japan­ese and Kore­an at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don, her M.A. in Kore­an lit­er­a­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and her Ph.D. in East Asian Lan­guages and Cul­tures at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty. Her research and teach­ing inter­ests lie in aes­thet­ics in the broad con­text of colo­nial­ism and moder­ni­ty, in his­to­ry and the­o­ries of trans­la­tion, and in the cre­ative prac­tice of lit­er­ary translation.

When the Future Disappears coverHer lat­est book, When the Future Dis­ap­pears: The Mod­ernist Imag­i­na­tion in Late Colo­nial Korea (Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2014), writes the cre­ative works of Korea’s writ­ers into the his­to­ry of glob­al mod­ernism, and colo­nial­ism into the his­to­ry of fas­cism, through an explo­ration of the writ­ings of poets, essay writ­ers, fic­tion writ­ers, and philoso­phers from the final years of the Japan­ese empire. She is also the trans­la­tor of a col­lec­tion of anec­do­tal essays pub­lished dur­ing the Pacif­ic War by Yi T’aejun, East­ern Sen­ti­ments (Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2013). 

Her awards include the Weath­er­head East Asia Insti­tute First Book Prize, 2012; the Kore­an Lit­er­a­ture Trans­la­tion Insti­tute Select­ed Trans­la­tor Award, 2010; Dis­tinc­tion award­ed for her dis­ser­ta­tion, “Colo­nial Inte­ri­ors: Mod­ernist Fic­tion of Korea,” 2004; and the 32nd Korea Times Mod­ern Kore­an Lit­er­a­ture Trans­la­tion Awards, Short sto­ry cat­e­go­ry, for her trans­la­tion of “The Walk of Light” by Yun Dae-nyong, 2001.

Poole is cur­rent­ly work­ing on an explo­ration of the remains of colo­nial his­to­ry through a study of Japan­ese-style hous­es on the Kore­an penin­su­la; a col­lec­tion of essays on the social life of ear­ly twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry pho­tog­ra­phy; and a trans­la­tion of Yi T’aejun’s short sto­ries, includ­ing his lat­er works from the ear­ly years of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic People’s Repub­lic of Korea. 

About the Forum

The Forum on Crit­i­cal Issues in Kore­an Stud­ies was inau­gu­rat­ed in 2010 to bring out­stand­ing schol­ars from around the world to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Mānoa cam­pus for dis­cus­sions of impor­tant con­tem­po­rary top­ics relat­ed to Korea. 

The Forum is free and open to the pub­lic. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041. This pre­sen­ta­tion is sup­port­ed by the Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Fund. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/​affirmative action institution.

Twenty-One Students Selected for Center for Korean Studies Scholarships

CKS logoThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is pro­vid­ing $55,000 in schol­ar­ships for twen­ty-one stu­dents in Korea-relat­ed stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for the 2017‒2018 aca­d­e­m­ic year. This year’s finan­cial sup­port includes the first awards of two recent­ly estab­lished schol­ar­ships: the Kook Min Hur schol­ar­ship and the Doin and Hee Kyung Lee Kwon Scholarship.

The Kook Min Hur schol­ar­ship was cre­at­ed by the Kore­an Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion (Kung­min­hoe or Kook Min Hur) in mem­o­ry of the sac­ri­fices made by the many patri­ots of the orga­ni­za­tion. The KNA was estab­lished in Hawai‘i in 1909 for the pur­pose of unit­ing all Kore­ans in the Unit­ed States in the com­mon cause of lib­er­at­ing Korea from Japan­ese occupation.

The Do In Kwon and Hee Kyung Lee Kwon schol­ar­ship was estab­lished to hon­or the mem­o­ry of the Kwons, two out­stand­ing civic lead­ers among the ear­ly Kore­an com­mu­ni­ty in Hawai‘i.

Descrip­tions of all the schol­ar­ships admin­is­tered by the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and instruc­tions for apply­ing for them can be found on the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Web site. The dead­line for apply­ing for Cen­ter-man­aged schol­ar­ships for the 2018 – 2019 aca­d­e­m­ic year is Feb­ru­ary 2, 2018.

The recip­i­ents of the 2017 – 1018 awards are list­ed below.

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Under­grad­u­ate Scholarships

  • Vic­to­ria Meza (B.A., Kore­an) $2,500
  • Hol­ly Moehlman (B.A., Kore­an) $2,500

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Grad­u­ate Schol­ar­ships

  • Bon­nie Fox (Ph.D., Kore­an) $2,500
  • Ki Tae Park (Ph.D., Soci­ol­o­gy) $2,500
  • Esther Yi (M.A., Kore­an) $500

Don­ald C. W. Kim Scholarship

  • Yuki Asahi­na (Ph.D., Soci­ol­o­gy) $5,000
  • Inho Jung (Ph.D., Kore­an) $5,000

Doin and Hee Kyung Lee Kwon Scholarship

  • Jae Hyun Lim (M.A., Music) $3,000

Dong Jae and Hyung Ja Lee Scholarship

  • Lacey Bon­ner (B.A., Kore­an) $1,700

Her­bert H. Lee Scholarship

  • Soo Youn Kim (B.A., Kore­an) $4,500
  • Jee Hyun Lee (Ph.D., Kore­an) $2,000
  • Jai Eun Kim (M.A., Kore­an) $4,000

Kim Chŏn-hŭng Memo­r­i­al Scholarship

  • Yoomee Baek (Ph.D., Music) $3,000
  • Seo­la Kim (Ph.D., Music) $3,600

Kook Min Hur Scholarship

  • Bri­an­na Leisure (B.A., Kore­an) $1,750

N. H. Paul Chung Grad­u­ate Scholarship

  • Kyeongkuk Kim (Ph.D., Eco­nom­ics) $2,000
  • Yen-Zhi Peng (M.A., Asian Stud­ies) $2,500
  • Robert York (Ph.D., His­to­ry) $1,000

Yŏng-Min Endowed Scholarship

  • Hye Young Choi Smith (Ph.D., Kore­an) $1,830
  • Hyun­jung An (Ph.D., Kore­an) $1,830
  • Sumire Mat­suya­ma (Ph.D., Kore­an) $1,840

In addi­tion, ten stu­dents are receiv­ing finan­cial sup­port to study Korea through the fed­er­al For­eign Lan­guage and Area Stud­ies pro­gram admin­is­tered by the School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies. The are:

2017 – 2018 Aca­d­e­m­ic Year Awards

  • Eloise Mor­ris (B.A., Kore­an; under­grad­u­ate fellowship)
  • Xiu Ju Cooney (B.A., Kore­an; alter­nate for under­grad­u­ate fellowship)
  • Clara Hur (M.A., Kore­an Flagship)
  • Daniel Ku (M.A., Kore­an Flagship)
  • Kel­ly Watts (M.A., Kore­an Flagship)

Sum­mer 2017 Awards

  • Kei­ta Moore (M.A., Asian Studies)
  • Crys­tal Taka­ta (B.A., Korean)
  • Ben­jamin Yi (B.A., Korean)
  • Hol­ly Moel­man (B.A., Korean)
  • Bri­an­na Leisure (B.A., Korean)

An Interview with Korean Studies Editor Christopher J. Bae

Christopher J. BaeThe Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press Jour­nals Depart­ment has pub­lished on on-line inter­view with the new edi­tor of Kore­an Stud­ies, Prof. Christo­pher J. Bae.

Bae, a Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa pro­fes­sor of anthro­pol­o­gy, recent­ly became chair of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Pub­li­ca­tions Com­mit­tee and with that became also the edi­tor of the Center’s jour­nal and man­ag­er of its book series.

In the inter­view, Bae talks briefly about the his­to­ry and scope of the jour­nal, pub­lished con­tin­u­ous­ly since 1977, and about its prospects under his edi­tor­ship. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press is co-pub­lish­er of Kore­an Stud­ies and of the Center’s book series, Hawai‘i Stud­ies on Korea, ini­ti­at­ed in 2000 and now num­ber­ing fif­teen titles.

The full text of the inter­view can be found on the UH Press Jour­nals Depart­ment blog.

See the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Web site for more infor­ma­tion about Kore­an Stud­ies and the Hawai‘i Stud­ies on Korea book series.

New Center Book Explores Catholicism in Chosŏn Korea


Catholics and Anti-Catholicism cover
The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press have released the fif­teenth vol­ume in their Hawai‘i Stud­ies on Korea series: Catholics and Anti-Catholi­cism in Chosŏn Korea by Don Bak­er with Franklin Rausch. 

The book is avail­able now from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press direct­ly or though book deal­ers. The prin­ci­pal author, Don Bak­er, is pro­fes­sor of Kore­an civ­i­liza­tion in the Depart­ment of Asian Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of British Colum­bia. His co-author, Franklin Rausch, is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of His­to­ry and Phi­los­o­phy at Lan­der Uni­ver­si­ty in Green­wood, South Carolina.

Korea’s first sig­nif­i­cant encounter with the West occurred with the emer­gence of a Kore­an Catholic com­mu­ni­ty in the last quar­ter of the eigh­teenth cen­tu­ry. Decades of per­se­cu­tion fol­lowed, result­ing in the deaths of thou­sands of Kore­an Catholics. In this book, Bak­er pro­vides an analy­sis of late-Chosŏn (1392 – 1897) thought, pol­i­tics, and soci­ety to help read­ers under­stand the response of Con­fu­cians to Catholi­cism and of Kore­an Catholics to years of vio­lent harassment. 

Baker’s analy­sis is informed by two impor­tant doc­u­ments trans­lat­ed with the assis­tance of Franklin Rausch and anno­tat­ed here for the first time: an anti-Catholic essay writ­ten in the 1780s by Con­fu­cian schol­ar Ahn Chŏng­bok (1712 – 1791) and a first­hand account of the 1801 anti-Catholic per­se­cu­tion by one of its last vic­tims, the reli­gious leader Hwang Sayŏng (1775 – 1801).

Ahn’s essay, Con­ver­sa­tion on Catholi­cism, reveals Con­fu­cian assump­tions about Catholi­cism. It is based on the scholar’s exchanges with his son-in-law, who joined the small group of Catholics in the 1780s. Ahn argues that Catholi­cism is immoral because it puts more impor­tance on the sal­va­tion of one’s soul than on what is best for one’s fam­i­ly or com­mu­ni­ty. Con­spic­u­ous­ly absent from his Con­ver­sa­tion is the rea­son behind the con­ver­sions of his son-in-law and a few oth­er young Con­fu­cian intellectuals. 

Bak­er exam­ines numer­ous Con­fu­cian texts of the time to argue that, in the late eigh­teenth cen­tu­ry, Kore­an Con­fu­cians were tor­ment­ed by a grow­ing con­cern over human moral frailty. Some came to view Catholi­cism as a way to over­come moral weak­ness, become vir­tu­ous, and, in the process, gain eter­nal life. These anx­i­eties are echoed in Hwang’s Silk Let­ter, in which he details for the bish­op in Bei­jing his per­se­cu­tion and the decade pre­ced­ing it. He explains why Kore­ans joined (and some aban­doned) the Catholic faith and their devo­tion to the new reli­gion in the face of tor­ture and execution. 

These two texts togeth­er reveal much about not only Kore­an beliefs and val­ues of two cen­turies ago, but also how Kore­ans viewed their coun­try and their king as well as Chi­na and its culture.

For more infor­ma­tion about this and oth­er titles in the Hawai‘i Stud­ies on Korea series, fol­low this link.