The students of the UH Manoa Korean Language Flagship Center will stage their annual Korean Culture Day program at the Center for Korean Studies Friday, February 10, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The free program – open to all – offers opportunities to play traditional Korean games such as chegich’agi, a foot-shuttlecock game, and konggi, Korean jacks; try on traditional costume, or hanbok; and try a turn at brush calligraphy in Korean. Samples of Korean food will also be available.
The Korean Language Flagship Center, part of the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, is a concentrated program to produce graduates with advanced language skills. Other sponsors of Korean Culture Day include the Hanwoori Club, the Francis A. and Betty Ann Keala Fund in Arts and Sciences, Palama Supermarket, Fabric Mart, Aloha Drycleaners, Ohana Pacific Bank, Kukui Food Inc., Tony Moly, and the Hawaii Christian Church.
For more information about Korean Culture Day 2017, contact Professor Mary S. Kim (firstname.lastname@example.org) of the Department of East Asian Languages. For photos of last year’s Culture Day festivities, follow this link.
The Korean Language Flagship Center; Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures; College of Languages, Linguistics, and Literature; and Center for Korean Studies present the annual Korean Culture Day Activities
Two programs on North Korea form the agenda for the sixth Forum on Critical Issues in Korean Studies April 9 – 10, 2015, at the Center for Korean Studies. The Critical Issues Forum was begun in 2010 as a mechanism to bring outstanding scholars from around the world to the Mānoa campus for discussions of important contemporary topics.
The speaker for the 2015 Forum is Andre Schmid, an associate professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. Schmid, who earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University, currently researches the history of the cultural Cold War in post-Korean War peninsula as well as early twentieth-century peasant movements. He is the author of Korea Between Empires, 1895 – 1919 (Columbia University Press) and winner of the Association for Asian Studies John Whitney Hall Award for outstanding book of the year. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Asian Studies, South Atlantic Quarterly, and Yŏksa munje yŏn’gu, and he is currently working on a book on postwar domesticity in North Korea, titled Socialist Living in North Korea, 1953‒1965.
The format of the two-day event includes a public lecture on the first day and a presentation in a seminar setting on the second day. Schmid’s April 9 lecture is titled “Is a History of North Korea without Kim Il Sung Possible?” The lecture will take place in the Center auditorium from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The second-day topic is “The Mundaneness of the North Korean Revolution.” The program will take place in the Center conference room from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
The Forum on Critical Issues in Korean Studies is free and open to the public. The Center for Korean Studies is located at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus. Limited, paid ($6.00) public parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Center and in other visitor parking lots on campus. For more information about parking regulations and locations, consult the campus parking office Web page. For further information about the Forum, including information about access for the handicapped, telephone the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956‑7041.
Presentation of the Critical Issues in Korean Studies Forum is supported by the Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Fund.
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.
The CKS fall Korean film series, “Living Apart? Apartments in Korean Cinema,” wraps up on Tuesday, December 2, with the 1981 realist social drama The Ball Shot by a Midget (난장이가 쏘아올린 작은 공), which depicts the difficult lives of the alienated lower classes during Korea’s modernization process.
Adapted from a novel by Cho Se-hee and directed by Lee Won-se, the film centers on Kim Bul, who is a little person living in a shack by a salt field with his wife and three children. His oldest son is working in the salt field and his youngest daughter is working in a bakery to help their father support the family. Things are already hard for this family when Kim receives an eviction notice from the government. He receives a ticket to move into an apartment that is to be built on the land where his house currently stands. He soon realizes, however, that he cannot possibly make the move with the family’s meager means. Having nowhere else to go, the family is left with difficult choices.
Film screenings take place in the Center for Korean Studies Noh Auditorium 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. Limited, paid ($6.00) public parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the Center and in other visitor parking lots on campus.
The fall film series was curated by Prof. Myungji Yang of the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Department of Political Science and was produced with the assistance of Hye-yoon Choi. The series is supported by the Timothy and Miriam Wee Memorial Fund at the Center for Korean Studies.
For further information, contact the Center for Korean Studies at (808) 956‑7041 or Myungji Yang (email@example.com) at (808) 956‑6387.