The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Issues 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.
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 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.
Her 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.
The 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:
The 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.