Korean Studies Journal Special Issue on the History of Koryŏ

Korean Studies volume 41 coverThe 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.

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Textbook for the Language of Jeju Island Published


Jejueo 1 cover image

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. 

Jejueo 1 sample pageOne 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).

Subventions for Academic Publications on Korean History

Univ. of Pennsylvania publication subventionsThe 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.

Pro­pos­als should include the fol­low­ing information:

  1. Project title
  2. Descrip­tion (up to 500 words)
  3. Detailed bud­get, includ­ing oth­er sources of funding
  4. Detailed list of writ­ers, trans­la­tors, and edi­tors, and their bios (each one page)
  5. Intro­duc­tion and a con­tent chap­ter from the publication
  6. Time­frame for completion
  7. Esti­mat­ed print run and num­ber of pages
  8. Mar­ket­ing and pub­lic­i­ty plan
  9. Infor­ma­tion about the publisher
  10. Infor­ma­tion about the exter­nal review process
  11. Oth­er rel­e­vant information

Pro­pos­als should be accom­pa­nied by a cov­er let­ter addressed to Pro­fes­sor Eugene Y. Park (epa@sas.upenn.edu), Direc­tor, James Joo-Jin Kim Pro­gram in Kore­an Stud­ies. Pro­pos­als and requests for fur­ther infor­ma­tion may be sent to:

Melis­sa DiFrancesco (meljen@sas.upenn.edu)
Asso­ciate Direc­tor, James Joo-Jin Kim Pro­gram in Kore­an Studies
Uni­ver­si­ty of Pennsylvania
642 Will­liams Hall
255 South 36th Street
Philadel­phia, PA 19104 USA

For more infor­ma­tion about the James Joo-Jin Pro­gram in Kore­an Stud­ies at Penn, see http://www.sas.upenn.edu/koreanstudies/.

On-Line Version of Korean Studies, Volume 38, Now Available

Korean Studies coverThe 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:

  1. Celes­tial Obser­va­tions Record­ed in the Samguk Sagi Dur­ing the Uni­fied Sil­la Peri­od, AD 668 – 935” by F. Richard Stephenson;
  2. When Poets Become Sor­cer­ers: The Cas­es of Vir­gil and Ch’oe Ch’iwŏn” by Mau­r­izio Riotto;
  3. 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;
  4. The Way of the Cam­era and the Cam­era of the Way: The Spir­i­tu­al Nomadism of Jang Sun-woo” by Hyang­soon Yi; and
  5. 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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New Look at Tonghak and Ch’ŏndogyo Movements in CKS Book Series

Book coverHis­to­ri­an Carl F. Young has under­tak­en a new study of the inter­nal devel­op­ments in the Tong­hak and Ch’ŏndogyo move­ments between 1895 and 1910. The results are pre­sent­ed in the lat­est vol­ume in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Hawai’i Stud­ies on Korea book series, East­ern Learn­ing and the Heav­en­ly Way: The Tong­hak and Ch’ŏndogyo Move­ments and the Twi­light of Kore­an Inde­pen­dence. The book, just issued, is co-pub­lished by the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Press.

Tong­hak, or East­ern Learn­ing, was the first major new reli­gion in mod­ern Kore­an his­to­ry. Found­ed in 1860, it com­bined aspects of a vari­ety of Kore­an reli­gious tra­di­tions. Because of its appeal to the poor and mar­gin­al­ized, it became best known for its role in the largest peas­ant rebel­lion in Kore­an his­to­ry in 1894, which set the stage for a wider region­al con­flict, the Sino-Japan­ese War of 1894 – 1895. Although the rebel­lion failed, it caused immense changes in Kore­an soci­ety and played a part in the war that end­ed in Japan’s vic­to­ry and its even­tu­al rise as an impe­r­i­al power.

Draw­ing on a vari­ety of sources in sev­er­al lan­guages such as reli­gious his­to­ries, doc­tri­nal works, news­pa­pers, gov­ern­ment reports, and for­eign diplo­mat­ic reports, Young explains how Tong­hak sur­vived the tur­moil fol­low­ing the failed 1894 rebel­lion to set the foun­da­tions for Ch’ŏndogyo’s impor­tant role in the Japan­ese colo­nial peri­od. The sto­ry of Tong­hak and Ch’ŏndogyo not only is an exam­ple of how new reli­gions inter­act with their sur­round­ing soci­eties and how they con­sol­i­date and insti­tu­tion­al­ize them­selves as they become more estab­lished; it also reveals the process­es by which Kore­ans coped and engaged with the chal­lenges of social, polit­i­cal, and eco­nom­ic change and the loom­ing dark­ness that would result in the extin­guish­ing of nation­al inde­pen­dence at the hands of Japan’s expand­ing empire.

photo: Carl YoungCarl Young is an asso­ciate pro­fes­sor in the His­to­ry Depart­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of West­ern Ontario in Lon­don, Cana­da. A grad­u­ate of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don, his research inter­ests focus on reli­gious social move­ments, nation­al­ism, and impe­ri­al­ism in mod­ern Asia, cen­ter­ing espe­cial­ly on Korea and Japan. He also has a strong inter­est in com­par­a­tive world his­to­ry and cross-cul­tur­al inter­ac­tion between dif­fer­ent world regions. His pre­vi­ous research has includ­ed a com­par­i­son of South Kore­an min­jung (pop­u­lar) the­ol­o­gy and Latin Amer­i­can lib­er­a­tion the­ol­o­gy in the 1970s and 1980s. For more infor­ma­tion about the book, vis­it the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Press Web site.