Volume 42 (2018) of Korean Studies, the annual journal of the University of Hawai’i Center for Korean Studies, is now available on line through Project MUSE and its participating institutions.
This issue of the journal, published in coöperation with the University of Hawai’i Press, contains four articles and five book reviews. The articles are:
“Implicit Political and Economic Liberties in the Thought of Tasan Chŏng Yagyong” by Jongwoo Yi;
“Young Barbara’s Devotion and Death: Reading Father Ch’oe’s Field Report of 1850” by Deberniere J. Torrey;
“The Problem of Sovereign Succession in Confucian Ritual Discourse: Constitutional Thought of Reconciliation between Fact and Value” by Moowon Cho; and
“Identities Surrounding a Cenotaph for Korean Atomic Bomb Victims” by Yuko Takahashi.
Books reviewed in this issue are:
Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor and Migration Rights in South Korea by Hae Yeon Choo, reviewed by Robert York;
North Korea’s Hidden Revolution: How the Information Underground is Transforming a Closed Society by Jieun Baek, reviewed by Tony Docan-Morgan;
Igniting the Internet: Youth and Activism in Postauthoritarian South Korea by Jiyeon Kang, reviewed by Myungji Yang;
Women and Buddhist Philosophy: Engaging Zen Master Kim Iryŏp by Jin Y. Park, reviewed by Jungshim Lee; and
Curative Violence: Rehabilitating Disability, Gender, and Sexuality in Modern Korea by Eunjung Kim, reviewed by Sonja M. Kim.
The Koryŏ period is one of the least-studied eras of Korea’s history despite the many insights it offers into Korea’s historical traditions. Current scholarship on many aspects of Koryŏ’s history supplies the bulk of the content of the latest issue of Korean Studies, the journal of the University of Hawai‘i Center for Korean Studies.
Along with an introduction by guest editor Edward J. Shultz, the recently published volume 41 of Korean Studies presents nine articles on various topics that illustrate both international and domestic developments during during the life of the Koryŏ state and society (918‑1392). The volume includes:
“Early Koryŏ Political Institutions and the International Expansion of Tang and Song Institutions” by Jae Woo Park;
“Interstate Relations in East Asia and Medical Exchanges in the Late Eleventh Century and Early Twelfth Century” by Oongseok Chai;
“Koryŏ’s Trade with the Outer World” by Kang Hahn Lee;
“Rethinking the Late Koryŏ in an International Context” by David M. Robinson;
“The Management of Koryŏ: Local Administration (Kunhyŏn) and Its Operation” by Yokeun Jeong;
“Kings and Buddhism in Medieval Korea” by Jongmyung Kim;
“Analysis of Recently Discovered Late-Koryŏ Civil Service Examination Answer Sheets” by Hyeon-chul Do;
“The Makeup of Koryŏ Aristocratic Families: Bilateral Kindred” by Myoung-ho Ro; and
“The Characteristics and Origins of Koryŏ’s Pluralist Society” by Jong-ki Park.
The issue also contains two articles on other topics and three book reviews. The articles are: “Informal Empire: The Origins of the U.S.–ROK Alliance and the 1953 Mutual Defense Treaty Negotiations” by Victor D. Cha and “Korean Han and the Postcolonial Afterlives of ‘The Beauty of Sorrow’” by Sandra So Hee Chi Kim.
Books reviewed in this issue are In the Service of His Korean Majesty: William Nelson Lovatt, the Pusan Customs, and Sino-Korean Relations, 1876 1888 by Wayne Patterson (reviewed by Daniel C. Kane); Tourist Distractions: Traveling and Feeling in Transnational Hallyu Cinema by Youngmin Choe (reviewed by Dal Yong Jin); and South Korea’s New Nationalism: The End of “One Korea”? by Emma Campbell (reviewed by Jaehoon Bae).
Korean Studies is co-published annually by the Center for Korean Studies and the University of Hawai‘i Press. The full text of the journal is available on line at Project Muse through subscribing institutions, such as the University of Hawai‘i Hamilton Library.
Within the last few years, several international groups (UNESCO, Ethnologue, and the Endangered Languages Project) have recognized that Jejueo, the variety of speech indigenous to Jeju Island, is an independent language, not a dialect of Korean.
Jejueo is critically endangered, with only a few thousand elderly fluent speakers, but efforts to preserve and revitalize it are underway. A new Web site (https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/jejueo/) presents up-to-date information on the language and on efforts to save it.
One of the most important revitalization projects has just reached a major milestone, with the publication on July 5 of the first volume in a projected four-volume textbook series for Korean-speaking learners of Jejueo. Jejueo 1 consists of fifteen chapters, each with practice exercises and an accompanying set of downloadable audio files. It can be obtained from the Kyobo Web site.
The volume was prepared by a committee of three authors: Changyong Yang, professor in the College of Education at Jeju National University; Sejung Yang, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; and William O’Grady, UH Mānoa professor of linguistics and a member of the Center for Korean Studies.
The work was 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-2250005).
The James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies at the University of Pennsylvania has announced a program of publication subventions for English-language academic monographs and edited volumes on Korean history. Proposals will be accepted from publishers and reviewed on a rolling basis. Interested authors should inform their publishers of the availability of these subventions and urge them to submit proposals. Request amount should be within an ordinary range.
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The on-line version of volume 38 (2014) of the Center’s journal, Korean Studies, is now available on Project Muse (http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/korean_studies/toc/ks.38.html). The issue, edited by Professor Min-Sun Kim and published in association with the University of Hawai’i Press, includes five articles from various disciplines and reviews of thirteen recently published books.
The articles in the volume are:
“Celestial Observations Recorded in the Samguk Sagi During the Unified Silla Period, AD 668–935” by F. Richard Stephenson;
“When Poets Become Sorcerers: The Cases of Virgil and Ch’oe Ch’iwŏn” by Maurizio Riotto;
“Parasitic Infection Patterns Correlated with Urban–Rural Recycling of Night Soil in Korea and Other East Asian Countries: The Archaeological and Historical Evidence” by Myeung Ju Kim, Ho Chul Ki, Shiduck Kim, Jong-Yil Chai, Min Seo, Chang Seok Oh, and Dong Hoon Shin;
“The Way of the Camera and the Camera of the Way: The Spiritual Nomadism of Jang Sun-woo” by Hyangsoon Yi; and
“Formation and Evolution of the Knowledge Régime and the Development Process in Korea” by Juan Felipe López Aymes.
Books reviewed in this issue include:
Empire of the Dharma: Korean and Japanese Buddhism, 1877–1912 by Hwansoo Ilmee Kim (reviewed by Richard D. McBride II);
Salvation through Dissent: Tonghak Heterodoxy and Early Modern Korea by George Kallander (reviewed by Carl Young);
The Making of Korean Christianity: Protestant Encounters with Korean Religion, 1876–1915 by Sung-Deuk Oak (reviewed by Timothy S. Lee);
Cuisine, Colonialism and Cold War: Food in Twentieth-Century Korea by Katarzyna J. Cwiertka (reviewed by Benjamin Joinau);
Fighting for the Enemy: Koreans in Japan’s War, 1937–1945 by Brandon Palmer (reviewed by Evan T. Daniel);
Reconstructing Bodies: Biomedicine, Health, and Nation-Building in South Korea since 1945 by John P. DiMoia (reviewed by Don Baker);
The Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950–1992 by Charles K. Armstrong (reviewed by Young-hae Chi);
Reading North Korea: An Ethnological Inquiry by Sonia Ryang (reviewed by Young Mi Lee);
Korean Political and Economic Development: Crisis, Security, and Institutional Rebalancing by Jongryn Mo and Barry R. Weingast (reviewed by Dennis McNamara);
Voices of Foreign Brides: The Roots and Development of Multiculturalism in Korea by Choong Soon Kim (reviewed by Robert F. Delaney);
Meeting Once More: The Korean Side of Transnational Adoption by Elise Prébin (reviewed by Yoonjung Kang);
Architecture and Urbanism in Modern Korea by Inha Jung (reviewed by Kloe S. Kang); and
Contemporary Korean Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method by Joan Kee (reviewed by Jungsil Jenny Lee).
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