Center for Korean Studies Faculty Grows by Five

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.

photo: R. Anderson SuttonR. 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.

photo: Sumi ChangSumi 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.

photo: Seunghye HongSeunghye 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.

photo: Andrew MasonAndrew 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.

photo: Thomas OsborneThomas 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.