The Center for Korean Studies spring colloquium series continues Thursday, April 24, 2008, with a presentation by critically acclaimed Korean American writer Ty Pak. The colloquium will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Center for Korean Studies Auditorium.
Born in Korea in 1938, Pak lived through his country’s liberation from Japan in 1945, its division under U.S. and Soviet occupation, and the trauma of the Korean War, 1950–53, during which his father died. After getting his law degree at Seoul National University in 1961, he worked as a reporter for the English-language dailies, Korean Republic and Korea Times, until 1965, when he came to the United States and got his Ph.D. in English at Bowling Green State University in 1969.
After a year’s postdoctoral work at the University of California, Berkeley, he taught in the English Department at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa from 1970 to 1987, when he took early retirement to devote himself to writing.
His published fiction has been widely anthologized and includes Guilt Payment (1983), Cry Korea Cry (1999), and Moonbay (1999). His 1961 book, A Korean Decameron, is being reprinted with a grant from Harvard University. His scholarly articles and monographs have appeared in many journals such as Language, Lingua, Semiotica, and Journal of Formal Logic.
Married and with three children, Ty Pak now lives in Honolulu.
This event is co-sponsored by the University of Hawai’i at Manoa College of Language, Linguistics and Literature and the Department of English.