Korean Baby Boomers: Who Are They?

Dr. Mee Hye Kim will present research on the baby boomers in South Korea Mon­day, Decem­ber 5, 2016, at 12 noon. She will speak from noon to 1:00 p.m. in Gart­ley Hall, Room 018, on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Manoa campus.

Kim is a pro­fes­sor at Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty with exper­tise in geron­tol­ogy, women’s wel­fare, and social wel­fare pol­i­cy analy­sis. She has spent this year as a vis­it­ing schol­ar at the Myron B. Thomp­son School of Social Work. 

She is cur­rent­ly a board mem­ber of the Fed­er­a­tion of Kore­an Geron­to­log­i­cal Soci­eties, a for­mer pres­i­dent of the Kore­an Geron­to­log­i­cal Soci­ety, and a com­mis­sion­er of the Social Wel­fare Com­mit­tee of Seoul City, Elder­ly wel­fare section.

Spotlight on High-Profile Executions in North Korea

Rob York will discuss executions in North KoreaRob York, chief edi­tor of a Web site spe­cial­iz­ing in news of North Korea, will dis­cuss recent instances of high-pro­file exe­cu­tions in North Korea in a His­to­ry Forum talk Thurs­day, April 28, 2016. Some of the exe­cu­tions have been described by cred­i­ble sources as involv­ing meth­ods so gris­ly as shoot­ing the vic­tim at close range with anti-air­craft weapons.

York’s talk, titled “Pub­lic Exe­cu­tions and North Korea’s Right to Death,” will take place from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in the UH Mānoa Depart­ment of His­to­ry library (Saka­ma­ki Hall A201). The pre­sen­ta­tion is spon­sored by the His­to­ry Depart­ment and the Phi Alpha Theta His­to­ry Hon­or Society.

In his talk, York will con­sid­er how the accu­sa­tions and exe­cu­tions are con­nect­ed to North Korea’s mod­ern­iza­tion process and the rul­ing Kim family’s adap­ta­tion of pub­lic pageantry. Black-mar­ket activ­i­ties fol­low­ing the Great Famine of the 1990s con­tributed to these developments. 

York, a Ph.D. can­di­date in his­to­ry at Mānoa, is the chief edi­tor for NK News (https://www.nknews.org), which spe­cial­izes in North Korea-relat­ed news and analy­ses. He pre­vi­ous­ly spent four years at The Korea Her­ald report­ing on top­ics includ­ing North Kore­an affairs.

The talk is free and open to the pub­lic. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Prof. Peter H. Hof­fen­berg (peterh@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑8497.

University of Western Australia Seeks Lecturer in Korean Studies

image: University of Western Australia crestThe School of Social Sci­ences at the Uni­ver­si­ty of West­ern Aus­tralia seeks appli­cants for appoint­ment as a lec­tur­er in Kore­an stud­ies. This is a three-year appoint­ment with a salary range of $90,468 to $107,431 per annum plus 17% superannuation. 

Key respon­si­bil­i­ties of the posi­tion include devel­op­ment of under­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate teach­ing in Kore­an stud­ies pro­grams; super­vis­ing hon­ors and post­grad­u­ate-lev­el stu­dents; con­duct­ing research inde­pen­dent­ly or in col­lab­o­ra­tion with oth­ers; admin­is­tra­tive duties as required in rela­tion to the above teach­ing and research super­vi­sion; work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tive­ly with­in the under­grad­u­ate and post­grad­u­ate teach­ing teams and sup­port­ing the University’s com­mit­ment to equi­ty and diver­si­ty prin­ci­ples; and teach­ing in oth­er pro­grams with­in the School, Fac­ul­ty, and Uni­ver­si­ty in relat­ed areas.

Appli­cants should have a Ph.D. (or be near com­ple­tion) in any dis­ci­pline in Kore­an stud­ies; have an excel­lent record of research pub­li­ca­tions; show evi­dence of an abil­i­ty to attract research fund­ing and to build research col­lab­o­ra­tions with exter­nal and inter­nal part­ners; be capa­ble of attract­ing and super­vis­ing research stu­dents; have excel­lent writ­ten and oral skills in Kore­an and Eng­lish; be able and will­ing to devel­op, co-ordi­nate, and teach Kore­an lan­guage units at all under­grad­u­ate lev­els; show evi­dence of a com­mit­ment to pur­sue the best edu­ca­tion­al prac­tices, includ­ing stu­dent-led teach­ing prac­tices, on-line teach­ing, and oth­er teach­ing approach­es that align with the UWA’s Edu­ca­tion­al Prin­ci­ples; and be able to relate well to staff and stu­dents at all lev­els and be com­mit­ted to equi­ty and diver­si­ty principles.

The clos­ing date for appli­ca­tions is Fri­day, Novem­ber 14, 2014. For an on-line appli­ca­tion and fur­ther details, see http://external.jobs.uwa.edu.au/cw/en/job/493588/lecturer-korean-studies-ref-493588.

Host Families Needed for High-School Exchange Students

image: exchange studentsThe Coun­cil on Inter­na­tion­al Edu­ca­tion­al Exchange (CIEE) is search­ing for host fam­i­lies for high-school aged stu­dents com­ing to the Unit­ed States for the 2013 – 2014 school year and arriv­ing in Sep­tem­ber. Fam­i­lies of all descrip­tions – kids, no kids, emp­ty-nesters, sin­gle par­ents, same-sex cou­ples, and so forth – can be accept­able hosts. The stu­dents come with appro­pri­ate visas and med­ical insur­ance and pay for all of their own per­son­al expens­es. Host fam­i­lies are expect­ed just to pro­vide a bed and an extra plate at the table! The group for whom host fam­i­lies are cur­rent­ly being sought include four from South Korea as well as oth­ers from Chi­na, Ger­many, Spain, and Norway.

More infor­ma­tion about the pro­gram can be found at http://www.ciee.org/highschool. If you are inter­est­ed in serv­ing as a host fam­i­ly, con­tact Peg­gy Chris­t­ian at pchristian@ciee.org or tele­phone (619) 445‑4126.

CIEE, found­ed in 1947 and head­quar­tered in Port­land, Maine, a non­prof­it, non­govern­men­tal orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to qual­i­ty exchange and glob­al learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties. The CIEE USA High School Pro­gram is des­ig­nat­ed by the U.S. Depart­ment of State to spon­sor stu­dents on J-1 visas to attend high school in the Unit­ed States. For more infor­ma­tion about the orga­ni­za­tion and its pro­grams, see http://www.ciee.org/.

Korea Foundation Fellowships and Grants Programs for 2014

Image: Korea Foundation Logo

The Korea Foun­da­tion invites appli­ca­tions for its 2014 fel­low­ships and insti­tu­tion­al sup­port pro­grams. Includ­ed in these pro­grams are the field research fel­low­ship pro­gram, fel­low­ships for Kore­an lan­guage train­ing, and sup­port for Kore­an stud­ies pro­grams in over­seas institutions.

Fellowship for Field Research

The Korea Foun­da­tion Field Research Pro­gram is designed to sup­port doc­tor­ate-lev­el stu­dents and promi­nent schol­ars in Kore­an stud­ies doing field research in Korea. Approx­i­mate­ly thir­ty awards are made per year for peri­ods of one to six months.

Pro­gram sup­port con­sists of a month­ly stipend of 1 to 5 mil­lion KRW, round-trip air­fare, and traveler’s insur­ance. Those eli­gi­ble include doc­tor­al can­di­dates and pro­fes­sors and researchers con­duct­ing research on Korea in the fields of the human­i­ties and social sciences.

Appli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted on line at http://apply.kf.or.kr by July 31, 2013. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Ms. Ryeong An (ryeongan@kf.or.kr; Tele­phone +82 – 2-2046 – 8531).

Fellowship for Korean Language Training

Lan­guage-train­ing fel­low­ships pro­vide pro­fes­sors, grad­u­ate stu­dents, and Korea-relat­ed pro­fes­sion­als with an oppor­tu­ni­ty to take an inten­sive Kore­an lan­guage course for up to one year at a uni­ver­si­ty-affil­i­at­ed lan­guage insti­tute in Korea.

Up to forty awards are made each year for fel­low­ship peri­ods of six to twelve months. Pro­gram sup­port con­sists of tuition fees, a month­ly stipend of 1 to 1.2 mil­lion KRW, and trav­el­ers’ insur­ance. Eli­gi­ble to apply are M.A./Ph.D. stu­dents and fac­ul­ty mem­bers in the field of Kore­an stud­ies and pro­fes­sion­als involved in Korea-relat­ed activities.

Appli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted on line at http://apply.kf.or.kr by July 31, 2013. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Ms. You­ju Lee (youjulee@kf.or.kr; Tele­phone +82 – 2-2046 – 8641).

Support for Korean Studies Programs in Overseas Institutions

The Korea Foun­da­tion wel­comes appli­ca­tions from lead­ing uni­ver­si­ties through­out the world that wish to expand and fur­ther their Korea-relat­ed cours­es and aca­d­e­m­ic activ­i­ties. Pro­gram cat­e­gories include:

  • Sup­port for estab­lish­ment of Kore­an stud­ies professorships
  • Sup­port for employ­ment of teach­ing staff
  • Vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor­ship program
  • Sup­port for Kore­an stud­ies pro­grams and activities.

For details regard­ing each of these cat­e­gories, vis­it www.kf.or.kr. Those eli­gi­ble to apply include over­seas uni­ver­si­ties; Kore­an stud­ies cen­ters affil­i­at­ed with uni­ver­si­ties; and Korea-relat­ed aca­d­e­m­ic associations.

Appli­ca­tions must be sub­mit­ted on line at http://apply.kf.or.kr by August 31, 2013. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Foundation’s Kore­an Stud­ies Depart­ment (studies@kf.or.kr; Tele­phone +82 – 2-2046 – 8588).