Colloquium: The Making of a Korean American Writer in Hawai’i

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.