Five new members joined the faculty of the Center for Korean Studies May 8, bringing the number of affiliated faculty to thirty-seven. The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa is home to the oldest academic Korean studies center in the United States and boasts the largest associated faculty of any such program in the country. The new faculty members are R. Anderson Sutton, who joins as a full member, and Sumi Chang, Seunghye Hong, Andrew Mason, and Thomas Osborne, who join as associate members.
R. Anderson Sutton came to the University of Hawai’i in August 2013 as dean of the School of Pacific and Asian Studies and assistant vice chancellor for international and exchange programs after a thirty-one-year career teaching ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Sutton earned his M.A. in ethnomusicology at UH Mānoa and subsequently received his Ph.D. from the School of Music at the University of Michigan. His research has focused on various issues relating to Korean contemporary musical practice and issues of identity, fusion aesthetics, and mass media.
Sumi Chang is a Korean instructor in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. A person of broad interests, Chang has degrees in political science and diplomacy (Yonsei University), counseling and educational psychology (Rhode Island College), and second language studies (University of Hawaii). She recently completed her dissertation on Korean honorific speech style and will receive her Ph.D. this month. Her research interests include Korean sociolinguistics, pedagogy, and second language acquisition.
Seunghye Hong is an assistant professor in the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work. Hong received her Ph.D. in social welfare from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her interests include health/mental health, social determinants of health/mental health, neighborhood contexts, immigration, community practice, multicultural practices with diverse populations, and research methods. Her current research examines the health and well-being of Koreans in South Korea with a particular focus on healthy lifestyles and social connectedness and their associations with health, well-being, and life satisfaction. She is also investigating Korean immigrants’ parenting.
Andrew Mason is a professor of economics at UH Mānoa with a joint appointment as a senior fellow at the East-West Center. Mason received his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan and has been a member of the Mānoa faculty since 1975. His research interests embrace population economics, macroeconomics, economic growth, and intergenerational transfers. Mason has had a long-standing interest in the economy of South Korea and, in particular, the influence of population change. His work has focused both on South Korea itself and on comparative examinations of the experiences of South Korea and other East Asian countries and the role of changing demographic conditions in the East Asian economic miracle.
Thomas Osborne is assistant professor of composition and theory in the Department of Music. He is also active as a conductor and directs the University of Hawaii Contemporary Music Ensemble. Osborne received his doctorate from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and in recent years has increasingly focused his research on Korean instruments, music, and poetry. He has written thirteen pieces involving Korean traditional instruments and one major work for Western instruments based on Korean poetry. Among his commissions is a work written for kayagŭm soloist Ji-Young Yi. In addition to his compositions for Korean instruments, he has had works for Korean instruments recorded on six commercially released CDs.