The on-line news service Civil Beat, the East-West Center, the Pacific Forum, and the Hawaii Lodging and Tourism Association are sponsoring a panel discussion aimed at deepening understanding of the North Korean threat. The program, titled “Safeguarding Aloha: Understanding The Threat Of North Korea And What It Means For Hawaii,” will take place Thursday, October 12, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the East-West Center’s Imin Conference Center at 1777 East-West Road on the UH Mānoa campus.
Five panelists will discuss U.S. and international relations with North Korea, the events leading up to the current crisis, and ways to move forward. They will also touch upon North Korea’s impact on Hawaii’s economy and tourism industry and what the industry should do to prepare.
Panel participants are:
Chad Blair, politics and opinions editor at Honolulu Civil Beat (Moderator);
Ralph Cossa, president of Pacific Forum CSIS;
James Kelly, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs;
Denny Roy, senior fellow at the East-West Center; and
Keith Vieira, principal of KV& Associates Hospitality Consulting, LLC and executive-in-residence at Shidler College of Business.
This event is free and open to the public, but the sponsors request RSVPs to this address because of limited space.
You are invited to visit with representatives of the Center for Korean Studies at the 2015 Korean Festival Saturday, July 11, at Magic Island in Honolulu. Several members of the Center’s faculty will be on hand in the arts and cultural activities tent throughout the day to discuss programs at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Korean studies in general.
The Korean Festival is an annual event staged by the Hawaii Korean Chamber of Commerce with the support of many community organizations and businesses and hundreds of volunteer helpers. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is free and open to all. Proceeds from the event are used to fund service projects and ventures that benefit the Korean and larger communities in the Islands, including an annual scholarship fund for outstanding students entering or currently enrolled in college.
Every year, the festival presents food, dance, art, and music and other entertainment to convey something of Korean culture. This year’s schedule includes the obligatory kimchi-eating contest along with a jajangmyŏn-eating contest as well. There will be performances of contemporary Korean popular music–K-pop–throughout the day. For the more traditional-minded, there will be dance performances by the Halla Huhm Studio and other groups. The complete schedule of events and other information about the festival are available on line at http://www.koreanfestivalhi.com/en/index.html.
Professors Sang-Hyop Lee, left, and Gary Pak enjoy staffing the CKS table at the 2014 Korean Festival.
The East-West Center Research Program will present a lunch-time talk by POSCO visiting fellow Justin Hastings on Thursday, December 4, 2014 (please note this is a change of date from the original announcement). Hastings’s topic will be “The World’s Most Enterprising Country: North Korea’s State Trading Networks in the Global Economy.” The program will be held in Burns Hall 3012 beginning at 12 noon.
According to Hastings, North Korea presents a paradox in that it is seemingly one of the most isolated, paranoid, and tightly controlled countries and yet survives in large part due its ability to engage in foreign trade. He characterizes North Korea’s trade networks as flexible, entrepreneurial, and surprisingly creative and opportunistic. In part these networks, which have both state and private actors, have arisen as North Korea’s economy has changed over the past twenty years, being no longer particularly centrally planned nor even well controlled. The struggle for survival has led to new ways of doing business.
In this seminar, Hastings will focus specifically on the business conducted by state trading companies, both to import needed goods (sanctioned or not) into North Korea and to export (usually sanctioned) goods from North Korea to the rest of the world. As they have come under pressure from sanctions and more generally international stigma, state trading networks have shown flexibility in the goods they buy and sell, the way they structure their networks to take advantage of brokers and differing financial arrangements, and their use of both North Korean state assets and international commercial networks.
Justin Hastings is a senior lecturer in international relations and comparative politics at the University of Sydney in Australia, where he teaches courses on terrorism, transnational organized crime, Northeast Asian and Southeast Asian politics, and globalization and security issues. Previously he taught at the Georgia Institute of Technology and did stints at the Department of Defense, the Institute for Defense Analyses, and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in political science from the University of California, Berkeley.
For further information, contact Cynthia Wasa Nakachi (NakachiC@eastwestcenter.org) in the East-West Center Program Office, telephone (808) 944‑7439.
The Mu Ryang Sa temple and the Halla Huhm Foundation will present a Korean dance performance featuring visiting guest artist Kim Myo-Seon Friday, November 21, 2014. The performance will be held at the Mu Ryang Sa temple in Palolo Valley beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission is free (donations for the future Palolo Korean Care Home welcome).
Korean classical dance workshops on seungmu are scheduled for the following weekend: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 22, and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Sunday, November 23.
For further information, telephone (808) 949‑2888 or (808) 369‑4928.
The Korea Times Hawaii and AM1540 Radio Seoul will host a series of events on the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa campus to showcase the Korean writing system and its history as well as Korean food culture in observance of the 4347th National Foundation Day of Korea and 568th anniversary since proclamation of Han’gŭl, the Korean alphabet.
October 9th is the Korean national holiday celebrating King Sejong’s promulgation of Han’gŭl in 1446. October is also a meaningful month with the National Foundation Day of Korea being observed on the 3rd of the month.
Every year for the last fourteen years, the Korea Times / AM1540 Radio Seoul has celebrated Han’gŭl Festival during the week of October 9, and this year is elevating this special day to promote Korea’s history and food culture to the local community as well. The festival is an opportunity for children as well as college students to appreciate the Korean language and its culture through an essay and speech contest.
This year’s Annual Han’gŭl Festival will be celebrated on October 4th at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Center for Korean Studies. Two Korean organizations–Voluntary Agency Network of Korea (VANK) and Wanderers of Bibimbap–will showcase the culinary history and arts of Korea. These two groups of volunteers will spend additional time in Hawai’i spreading information about the island of Dokdo, which is currently the subject of a territorial dispute with Japan, and also demonstrating the making of bibimbap for local audiences.
This year’s event is supported by generous donations from the Korea Foundation and the Honolulu Consulate General of the Republic of Korea. Other sponsors are Korean Air, Dongbu Insurance, Korean American Foundation Hawaii, Ohana Pacific Bank, Korea Freedom Federation, and the National Unification Advisory Council of Korea.
Schedule of Events
Korean Essay and Speech Contest Participants include K-12 and college students Center for Korean Studies Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 9:00 A.M.
Nutritional value of Korean Bibimbap and Secrets of Its Taste Food demonstration and tasting by Wanderers of Bibimbap Center for Korean Studies Saturday, October 4, 2014, at 11:00 A.M.
Let’s Talk about the History of Korea VANK Presents a special lecture on the history of Korea University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Art Auditorium Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 4:30 P.M.
Wanderers of Bibimbap (비빔밥 유랑단, www.beginyourbibimbap.com) consists of Korean college students who travel throughout the Americas, Europe, and Africa to promote the Korean staple bibimbap as a healthy food item for people around the world.
The organization Voluntary Agency Network of Korea, or VANK (http://korea.prkorea.com/wordpress/english/), spearheads numerous civilian diplomatic missions that help bring about a better understanding of Korea and Korean culture. With the sponsorship of the provincial government of Kyŏngsangbuk-do, VANK spreads a message of peaceful unification of the Korean peninsula.
For further information, contact Dong-Kwan Kong at email@example.com or call (808) 956‑8292.