The first Kim Ch’Ån-hÅng Memorial Fund Scholarship has been awarded to Nathan Nass, a master’s-degree student in ethnomusicology at the University of Hawai’i at MÄnoa.
The award was announced April 24, 2009, at a reception prior to the University of Hawai’i at MÄnoa Department of Theatre and Dance annual dance concert at Kennedy Theatre, which was this year dedicated to Kim Ch’Ån-hÅng (1909 – 2007), the Korean dance master in whose memory the scholarship was established.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’Ån-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 http://www.hawaii.edu/korea/pages/schlrshps/cksschol.html.