Colloquium: The Origin of Korean People and Their Culture

photo: Kidong BaeKore­ans are often con­sid­ered to have a sin­gle ori­gin, but, in fact, many dif­fer­ent fac­tors have con­tributed to the evo­lu­tion of the present-day Kore­an peo­ple and their cul­ture. Dr. Kidong Bae of Hanyang Uni­ver­si­ty will explore many of these fac­tors in a col­lo­qui­um titled “The Ori­gin of Kore­an Peo­ple and Their Cul­ture” Mon­day, April 1, 2013, at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies.

Among the ele­ments to be dis­cussed are migra­tions from Siberia and South­east Asia dur­ing pre­his­to­ry. Archae­o­log­i­cal and genet­ic evi­dence relat­ed to these migra­tions indi­cates that the Kore­an peo­ple dur­ing the Late Pale­olith­ic were prob­a­bly not a sin­gle homo­ge­neous pop­u­la­tion. Data from the Neolith­ic and Bronze Age, as well, sup­port the argu­ment for migra­tions of peo­ple from regions such as Mon­go­lia and Siberia.

In this pre­sen­ta­tion, Pro­fes­sor Bae will pro­vide an updat­ed syn­the­sis about the ori­gin of the Kore­an peo­ples based pri­mar­i­ly on new find­ings from archae­ol­o­gy and will also tie in recent dis­cov­er­ies from areas such as genet­ics research. Bae is a pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy at Hanyang Uni­ver­si­ty. He trained in Pale­olith­ic archae­ol­o­gy, earn­ing B.A. and M.A. degrees from Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty and a Ph.D. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.

The col­lo­qui­um will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Audi­to­ri­um. Cen­ter col­lo­quia are free and open to all. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the Center’s office at (808) 956‑7041.