Director of the Korean Language Program at Princeton University

Princeton University logoThe Depart­ment of East Asian Stud­ies at Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty invites appli­ca­tions for a full-time posi­tion as direc­tor of the Kore­an Lan­guage Pro­gram at the rank of senior lec­tur­er, to begin on Sep­tem­ber 1, 2018. Appli­cants must have native flu­en­cy in Kore­an and an excel­lent com­mand of English.

To apply, pro­vide a let­ter of appli­ca­tion, cur­ricu­lum vitae, state­ment of teach­ing inter­est, teach­ing port­fo­lio (list of cours­es taught and teach­ing eval­u­a­tions), and the names of three ref­er­ences (with e-mail address­es and office tele­phone num­bers) by Octo­ber 15, 2017.

For more infor­ma­tion and to apply, go the Prince­ton Dean of Faulty Careers Site.

Can­di­dates should have exten­sive expe­ri­ence teach­ing Kore­an to Eng­lish-speak­ing stu­dents at the col­lege lev­el; expe­ri­ence direct­ing a lan­guage pro­gram is pre­ferred (par­tic­u­lar­ly one in which five or six lev­els of Kore­an are offered). The direc­tor will be in charge of the Kore­an Lan­guage Program.

Ph.D. or Ed.D. required. This posi­tion is sub­ject to the University’s back­ground check policy.

Korean Cinema at the Honolulu Museum of Art

still from Anarchist from Colony

Anar­chist from Colony

The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is join­ing the Hon­olu­lu Muse­um of Art in pre­sent­ing screen­ings of a series of the best new Kore­an films. The series – includ­ing his­tor­i­cal epics, polit­i­cal satires, thought­ful visu­al mas­ter­works, and Kore­an-Amer­i­can inde­pen­dent films – will be shown Sep­tem­ber 2 – 23, 2017, at the Museum’s Doris Duke Theatre. 

Four Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa Kore­an stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­bers will be intro­duc­ing some of the films: Young-a Park of the Asian Stud­ies Pro­gram, Myungji Yang of the Polit­i­cal Sci­ence Depart­ment, Jude Yang of Hamil­ton Library, and C. Har­ri­son Kim of the Depart­ment of History.

The films in the series are:

  • War­riors of the Dawn (대립군);
  • A Taxi Dri­ver (택시 운전사);
  • The May­or (특별시민);
  • Blue­beard (해빙);
  • The Net (그물);
  • On the Beach at Night Alone (밤의 해변에서 혼자);
  • Right Now, Wrong Then (지금은맞고그때는틀리다);
  • Our Love Sto­ry (연애담);
  • The Bat­tle­ship Island;
  • Anar­chist from Colony (박열); and
  • Gook.

For a com­plete sched­ule of the screen­ings, detailed descrip­tions of the films, and tick­et infor­ma­tion, see

Tick­ets for most of the films are $12 for gen­er­al admis­sion and $10 for mem­bers of the Hon­olu­lu Muse­um of Art. The excep­tions are the open­ing-night recep­tion on Sep­tem­ber 2, which is $35 ($30), and the show­ing of Right Now, Wrong Then on Sep­tem­ber 10, which is free.

Oth­er spon­sors of the Kore­an cin­e­ma series are the Con­sulate Gen­er­al of the Repub­lic of Korea in Hon­olu­lu, tele­vi­sion sta­tion KBFD, and the Korea Foundation. 

Mid-Twentieth-Century Modernism Is Subject of Eighth CKS Critical Issues Forum

Choson UnhaengIssues of mod­ernism in mid-twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry Korea will be at the heart of dis­cus­sions when the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies presents its eighth Forum on Crit­i­cal Issues in Kore­an Stud­ies August 31 and Sep­tem­ber 1, 2017. The fea­tured speak­er will be Janet Poole of the Depart­ment of East Asian Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. Pre­sen­ta­tions both days will take place at 4:00 p.m. at the Center.

Futures Interrupted

On Thurs­day, August 31, Poole will present a lec­ture titled “Futures Inter­rupt­ed: Going North and the His­to­ry of Kore­an Mod­ernism.” The lec­ture will cen­ter on Yi T’aejun and Ch’oe Myŏngik, cel­e­brat­ed fic­tion writ­ers in the late colo­nial peri­od. Poole presents the two as rep­re­sent­ing the anti­quar­i­an and deca­dent ten­den­cies of con­tem­po­rary writ­ing in the Kore­an lan­guage. Though they were acknowl­edged as mod­ernists dur­ing the 1930s, their work is usu­al­ly under­stood as hav­ing regressed after Lib­er­a­tion under the influ­ence of the North Kore­an soci­ety to which they moved (in the case of Yi) or in which they stayed (in the case of Ch’oe) after the divi­sion of the penin­su­la. This talk will take an explorato­ry look at Yi’s and Ch’oe’s writ­ing from the late colo­nial and ear­ly post-Lib­er­a­tion peri­ods and ask two ques­tions: Can we think of lit­er­ary works from the era of the Asia-Pacif­ic and Kore­an wars as form­ing part of an ongo­ing mod­ernist project? And what is at stake in doing so?

Crossing the Great Divide

On the sec­ond day, Fri­day, Sep­tem­ber 1, Poole will lead a dis­cus­sion on the top­ic “Cross­ing the Great Divide: Mid-Cen­tu­ry Mod­ernism on the Kore­an Penin­su­la.” Her point of depar­ture is a call by his­to­ri­an Yun Hae­dong for a rethink­ing of mid-twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry Kore­an his­to­ry, extend­ing the rubric of total mobi­liza­tion from the begin­ning of the sec­ond Sino-Japan­ese War in 1937 past the dra­mat­ic events of lib­er­a­tion from colo­nial rule and onto the end of active fight­ing in the civ­il war in the mid-1950s. Where­as total mobi­liza­tion refers more com­mon­ly to the era of Japan­ese impe­ri­al­ism, Yun argues for con­ti­nu­ity across the colonial/​postcolonial/​Cold War divides marked by the for­ma­tion of sep­a­rate states on the penin­su­la in 1948. Poole regards Yun’s polemic as high­ly sug­ges­tive for a recon­sid­er­a­tion of Kore­an lit­er­ary texts and images, which have been equal­ly sun­dered by the divi­sion — both tem­po­ral and spa­tial — into an implaca­ble con­test between real­ism and mod­ernism. She will address the ques­tion of whether an expan­sive under­stand­ing of Total War, togeth­er with a recon­sid­er­a­tion of mod­ernism as a response to the mul­ti­ple tem­po­ral­i­ties of glob­al moder­ni­ty, offer strate­gies to cross the great divide in the realm of aes­thet­ics and politics?

About Janet Poole

Janet Poole photoJanet Poole earned her B.A. (Hon­ours) in Japan­ese and Kore­an at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don, her M.A. in Kore­an lit­er­a­ture at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and her Ph.D. in East Asian Lan­guages and Cul­tures at Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty. Her research and teach­ing inter­ests lie in aes­thet­ics in the broad con­text of colo­nial­ism and moder­ni­ty, in his­to­ry and the­o­ries of trans­la­tion, and in the cre­ative prac­tice of lit­er­ary translation.

When the Future Disappears coverHer lat­est book, When the Future Dis­ap­pears: The Mod­ernist Imag­i­na­tion in Late Colo­nial Korea (Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2014), writes the cre­ative works of Korea’s writ­ers into the his­to­ry of glob­al mod­ernism, and colo­nial­ism into the his­to­ry of fas­cism, through an explo­ration of the writ­ings of poets, essay writ­ers, fic­tion writ­ers, and philoso­phers from the final years of the Japan­ese empire. She is also the trans­la­tor of a col­lec­tion of anec­do­tal essays pub­lished dur­ing the Pacif­ic War by Yi T’aejun, East­ern Sen­ti­ments (Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2013). 

Her awards include the Weath­er­head East Asia Insti­tute First Book Prize, 2012; the Kore­an Lit­er­a­ture Trans­la­tion Insti­tute Select­ed Trans­la­tor Award, 2010; Dis­tinc­tion award­ed for her dis­ser­ta­tion, “Colo­nial Inte­ri­ors: Mod­ernist Fic­tion of Korea,” 2004; and the 32nd Korea Times Mod­ern Kore­an Lit­er­a­ture Trans­la­tion Awards, Short sto­ry cat­e­go­ry, for her trans­la­tion of “The Walk of Light” by Yun Dae-nyong, 2001.

Poole is cur­rent­ly work­ing on an explo­ration of the remains of colo­nial his­to­ry through a study of Japan­ese-style hous­es on the Kore­an penin­su­la; a col­lec­tion of essays on the social life of ear­ly twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry pho­tog­ra­phy; and a trans­la­tion of Yi T’aejun’s short sto­ries, includ­ing his lat­er works from the ear­ly years of the Demo­c­ra­t­ic People’s Repub­lic of Korea. 

About the Forum

The Forum on Crit­i­cal Issues in Kore­an Stud­ies was inau­gu­rat­ed in 2010 to bring out­stand­ing schol­ars from around the world to the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Mānoa cam­pus for dis­cus­sions of impor­tant con­tem­po­rary top­ics relat­ed to Korea. 

The Forum is free and open to the pub­lic. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041. This pre­sen­ta­tion is sup­port­ed by the Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Fund. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/​affirmative action institution.

Twenty-One Students Selected for Center for Korean Studies Scholarships

CKS logoThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is pro­vid­ing $55,000 in schol­ar­ships for twen­ty-one stu­dents in Korea-relat­ed stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for the 2017‒2018 aca­d­e­m­ic year. This year’s finan­cial sup­port includes the first awards of two recent­ly estab­lished schol­ar­ships: the Kook Min Hur schol­ar­ship and the Doin and Hee Kyung Lee Kwon Scholarship.

The Kook Min Hur schol­ar­ship was cre­at­ed by the Kore­an Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion (Kung­min­hoe or Kook Min Hur) in mem­o­ry of the sac­ri­fices made by the many patri­ots of the orga­ni­za­tion. The KNA was estab­lished in Hawai‘i in 1909 for the pur­pose of unit­ing all Kore­ans in the Unit­ed States in the com­mon cause of lib­er­at­ing Korea from Japan­ese occupation.

The Do In Kwon and Hee Kyung Lee Kwon schol­ar­ship was estab­lished to hon­or the mem­o­ry of the Kwons, two out­stand­ing civic lead­ers among the ear­ly Kore­an com­mu­ni­ty in Hawai‘i.

Descrip­tions of all the schol­ar­ships admin­is­tered by the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and instruc­tions for apply­ing for them can be found on the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Web site. The dead­line for apply­ing for Cen­ter-man­aged schol­ar­ships for the 2018 – 2019 aca­d­e­m­ic year is Feb­ru­ary 2, 2018.

The recip­i­ents of the 2017 – 1018 awards are list­ed below.

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Under­grad­u­ate Scholarships

  • Vic­to­ria Meza (B.A., Kore­an) $2,500
  • Hol­ly Moehlman (B.A., Kore­an) $2,500

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Grad­u­ate Schol­ar­ships

  • Bon­nie Fox (Ph.D., Kore­an) $2,500
  • Ki Tae Park (Ph.D., Soci­ol­o­gy) $2,500
  • Esther Yi (M.A., Kore­an) $500

Don­ald C. W. Kim Scholarship

  • Yuki Asahi­na (Ph.D., Soci­ol­o­gy) $5,000
  • Inho Jung (Ph.D., Kore­an) $5,000

Doin and Hee Kyung Lee Kwon Scholarship

  • Jae Hyun Lim (M.A., Music) $3,000

Dong Jae and Hyung Ja Lee Scholarship

  • Lacey Bon­ner (B.A., Kore­an) $1,700

Her­bert H. Lee Scholarship

  • Soo Youn Kim (B.A., Kore­an) $4,500
  • Jee Hyun Lee (Ph.D., Kore­an) $2,000
  • Jai Eun Kim (M.A., Kore­an) $4,000

Kim Chŏn-hŭng Memo­r­i­al Scholarship

  • Yoomee Baek (Ph.D., Music) $3,000
  • Seo­la Kim (Ph.D., Music) $3,600

Kook Min Hur Scholarship

  • Bri­an­na Leisure (B.A., Kore­an) $1,750

N. H. Paul Chung Grad­u­ate Scholarship

  • Kyeongkuk Kim (Ph.D., Eco­nom­ics) $2,000
  • Yen-Zhi Peng (M.A., Asian Stud­ies) $2,500
  • Robert York (Ph.D., His­to­ry) $1,000

Yŏng-Min Endowed Scholarship

  • Hye Young Choi Smith (Ph.D., Kore­an) $1,830
  • Hyun­jung An (Ph.D., Kore­an) $1,830
  • Sumire Mat­suya­ma (Ph.D., Kore­an) $1,840

In addi­tion, ten stu­dents are receiv­ing finan­cial sup­port to study Korea through the fed­er­al For­eign Lan­guage and Area Stud­ies pro­gram admin­is­tered by the School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies. The are:

2017 – 2018 Aca­d­e­m­ic Year Awards

  • Eloise Mor­ris (B.A., Kore­an; under­grad­u­ate fellowship)
  • Xiu Ju Cooney (B.A., Kore­an; alter­nate for under­grad­u­ate fellowship)
  • Clara Hur (M.A., Kore­an Flagship)
  • Daniel Ku (M.A., Kore­an Flagship)
  • Kel­ly Watts (M.A., Kore­an Flagship)

Sum­mer 2017 Awards

  • Kei­ta Moore (M.A., Asian Studies)
  • Crys­tal Taka­ta (B.A., Korean)
  • Ben­jamin Yi (B.A., Korean)
  • Hol­ly Moel­man (B.A., Korean)
  • Bri­an­na Leisure (B.A., Korean)

Korean Studies Journal Special Issue on the History of Koryŏ

Korean Studies volume 41 coverThe Koryŏ peri­od is one of the least-stud­ied eras of Korea’s his­to­ry despite the many insights it offers into Korea’s his­tor­i­cal tra­di­tions. Cur­rent schol­ar­ship on many aspects of Koryŏ’s his­to­ry sup­plies the bulk of the con­tent of the lat­est issue of Kore­an Stud­ies, the jour­nal of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Cen­ter for Kore­an Studies.

Along with an intro­duc­tion by guest edi­tor Edward J. Shultz, the recent­ly pub­lished vol­ume 41 of Kore­an Stud­ies presents nine arti­cles on var­i­ous top­ics that illus­trate both inter­na­tion­al and domes­tic devel­op­ments dur­ing dur­ing the life of the Koryŏ state and soci­ety (918‑1392). The vol­ume includes:

  • Ear­ly Koryŏ Polit­i­cal Insti­tu­tions and the Inter­na­tion­al Expan­sion of Tang and Song Insti­tu­tions” by Jae Woo Park;
  • Inter­state Rela­tions in East Asia and Med­ical Exchanges in the Late Eleventh Cen­tu­ry and Ear­ly Twelfth Cen­tu­ry” by Oongseok Chai;
  • Koryŏ’s Trade with the Out­er World” by Kang Hahn Lee;
  • Rethink­ing the Late Koryŏ in an Inter­na­tion­al Con­text” by David M. Robinson;
  • The Man­age­ment of Koryŏ: Local Admin­is­tra­tion (Kun­hyŏn) and Its Oper­a­tion” by Yoke­un Jeong;
  • Kings and Bud­dhism in Medieval Korea” by Jongmyung Kim;
  • Analy­sis of Recent­ly Dis­cov­ered Late-Koryŏ Civ­il Ser­vice Exam­i­na­tion Answer Sheets” by Hyeon-chul Do;
  • The Make­up of Koryŏ Aris­to­crat­ic Fam­i­lies: Bilat­er­al Kin­dred” by Myoung-ho Ro; and
  • The Char­ac­ter­is­tics and Ori­gins of Koryŏ’s Plu­ral­ist Soci­ety” by Jong-ki Park.

The issue also con­tains two arti­cles on oth­er top­ics and three book reviews. The arti­cles are: “Infor­mal Empire: The Ori­gins of the U.S. – ROK Alliance and the 1953 Mutu­al Defense Treaty Nego­ti­a­tions” by Vic­tor D. Cha and “Kore­an Han and the Post­colo­nial After­lives of ‘The Beau­ty of Sor­row’” by San­dra So Hee Chi Kim.

Books reviewed in this issue are In the Ser­vice of His Kore­an Majesty: William Nel­son Lovatt, the Pusan Cus­toms, and Sino-Kore­an Rela­tions, 1876 1888 by Wayne Pat­ter­son (reviewed by Daniel C. Kane); Tourist Dis­trac­tions: Trav­el­ing and Feel­ing in Transna­tion­al Hal­lyu Cin­e­ma by Young­min Choe (reviewed by Dal Yong Jin); and South Korea’s New Nation­al­ism: The End of “One Korea”? by Emma Camp­bell (reviewed by Jae­hoon Bae).

Kore­an Stud­ies is co-pub­lished annu­al­ly by the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press. The full text of the jour­nal is avail­able on line at Project Muse through sub­scrib­ing insti­tu­tions, such as the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Hamil­ton Library.

Details about sub­scrib­ing to the print edi­tion of Kore­an Stud­ies, are avail­able on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Press Web site.

For infor­ma­tion about sub­mit­ting arti­cles for pub­li­ca­tion in Kore­an Stud­ies, see