First Kim Ch’ŏn-hÅ­ng Memorial Fund Scholarship Awarded

The first Kim Ch’ŏn-hÅ­ng Memo­r­i­al Fund Schol­ar­ship has been award­ed to Nathan Nass, a master’s-degree stu­dent in eth­no­mu­si­col­o­gy at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at noa.

The award was announced April 24, 2009, at a recep­tion pri­or to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at noa Depart­ment of The­atre and Dance annu­al dance con­cert at Kennedy The­atre, which was this year ded­i­cat­ed to Kim Ch’ŏn-hÅ­ng (1909–2007), the Kore­an dance mas­ter in whose mem­o­ry the schol­ar­ship was estab­lished.

Ethnomusicology professor Byong Won Lee, right, announces award

Music pro­fes­sor Byong Won Lee, right, announces award of schol­ar­ship to Nathan Nass

Kim was one of Korea’s fore­most senior court dance and music per­form­ers and teach­ers and was des­ig­nat­ed a Nation­al Liv­ing Trea­sure for his exper­tise. He had strong ties to Hawai’i and after his first tour of the Unit­ed States in 1964 was invit­ed to teach at the Hon­olu­lu stu­dio of Kore­an dancer Hal­la Pai Huhm.

Nass is pur­su­ing research on con­tem­po­rary Kore­an per­form­ers’ inter­pre­ta­tions of solo instru­men­tal folk music. In addi­tion to the $2,000 Kim Ch’ŏn-hÅ­ng schol­ar­ship, he is also receiv­ing this year’s Don­ald C. W. Kim Schol­ar­ship of $5,000. A recip­i­ent of a For­eign Lan­guage and Area Stud­ies Schol­ar­ship for the 2008–2009 aca­d­e­m­ic year, he has also been award­ed FLAS sum­mer schol­ar­ship of $2,500 plus tuition.

Infor­ma­tion about these and oth­er schol­ar­ships offered through the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is avail­able on the Center’s Web site at

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