Koreans 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.