Documentary on Center for Korean Studies Earns Award for KBFD-TV

Center for Korean Studies

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies

Hon­olu­lu tele­vi­sion sta­tion KBFD-TV has won first prize at the 17th World­wide Kore­an Lan­guage Broad­cast­er Con­fer­ence for its new doc­u­men­tary film on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies.

The doc­u­men­tary, titled UH Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Embraces the World, fea­tures the back­ground of the found­ing, his­to­ry, and achieve­ments of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, and it looks for­ward to the Center’s prospec­tive mis­sions in the future. Since its found­ing in 1972, the Cen­ter has been at the heart of the devel­op­ment of Kore­an stud­ies through­out the world and has, at the same time, main­tained close ties with the Kore­an com­mu­ni­ty in Hawaii.

The film was direct­ed by Sang-jun Hyun and Byong-uk Kim. It will be tele­vised on KBFD-TV at 9:30 p.m. on Octo­ber 4, 2009, as part of a spe­cial pro­gram to cel­e­brate ch’usok.

The award will be pre­sent­ed dur­ing a cer­e­mo­ny at KBS head­quar­ters in Seoul on Novem­ber 3. The award cer­e­mo­ny will be attend­ed by KBFD offi­cials and Prof. Edward J. Shultz, inter­im dean of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies and a for­mer direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies.

KBFD-TV also won first prize in the com­pe­ti­tion last year with a doc­u­men­tary titled We Call Her Bae Celebri­ty and in 2000 with the film Ari­rang of Yang Grand­moth­er.