The Center for Korean Studies Community Lecture Series returns on Sunday, February 24, 2013, with a presentation titled “The Food Culture of Korea and Japan: Understanding Cultural differences in Table Manners and Cuisine.” The presenter is Prof. Kim Tae Ho of Kōnan University in Kobe, Japan. Prof. Kim is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Korean Studies. The lecture is scheduled for 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Center’s auditorium.
The Community Lecture Series was begun in 2011 to present topics of broad interest to those in the community as well as to those on the Manoa campus. The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be presented in Korean with an English translation.
Kim Tae Ho teaches courses on Korean culture and on language and culture and has published widely on comparative aspects of East Asian language and culture. In this lecture focusing on food culture, he will endeavor to explain why Korea and Japan have developed similar yet different table manners and cuisine and suggest possible reasons for their differences in regard to the functions of such utensils as spoons and chopsticks. In the end, he hopes to propose an appropriate perspective on the food culture of Korea and Japan and what our view of different cultures should look like in the age of globalization.
For further information, including information on access for the handicapped, telephone the Center at (808) 956‑7041.