East Meets West International Essay Competition Targets High School Students

Donghwa essay contest logoThe 2017 East Meets West Inter­na­tion­al Essay Com­pe­ti­tion seeks to pro­vide an intel­lec­tu­al and cre­ative forum that empow­ers young voic­es and broad­ens the dia­logue on cul­tur­al exchange. This year, the com­pe­ti­tion is open to all high school stu­dents. The grand prize is a $1,000 cash award. Gold, Sil­ver, and Bronze awards in the amounts of $300, $200, $100 amounts also will be award­ed to stu­dent win­ners.

The East Meets West Inter­na­tion­al Essay Com­pe­ti­tion is orga­nized every year by the Dongh­wa Cul­tur­al Foun­da­tion, a non-prof­it 501(c)(3) orga­ni­za­tion that pro­motes East Asian cul­ture, phi­los­o­phy, and art through pro­grams and events. For infor­ma­tion on the com­pe­ti­tion, and to read the win­ning entries from pre­vi­ous years, vis­it eastmeetswestdonghwa.wordpress.com.

Entries will be accept­ed through Novem­ber 27, 2017 (11:59 p.m. EST). Essays must be sub­mit­ted to essay@donghwaculture.org.

All con­tes­tants must sub­mit an on-line appli­ca­tion. Use this link to the appli­ca­tion form to reg­is­ter for the essay com­pe­ti­tion.

Folow this link to read fur­ther infor­ma­tion on essay top­ics and com­pe­ti­tion guide­lines.

Inquiries should be sent to essay@donghwaculture.org or tele­phone (201) 871‑3033.

Ewha Korean Music Orchestra to Perform Here

Ewha Korean Music OrchestraThe Ewha Kore­an Music Orches­tra will per­form in con­cert Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 21, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. in Orvis Audi­to­ri­um at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The eigh­teen-mem­ber group, led by Pro­fes­sor Young Seok Won, is the only all-woman Kore­an music orches­tra. This tra­di­tion­al Kore­an music orches­tra is com­posed of tal­ent­ed Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents major­ing in tra­di­tion­al Kore­an music. Since Kore­an tra­di­tion­al music was estab­lished as a major in the Music Depart­ment in 1974, Ewha has encour­aged stu­dents to cul­ti­vate their tal­ents and tech­niques in tra­di­tion­al Kore­an music and in West­ern and con­tem­po­rary Kore­an music at the same time.

The orches­tra con­sists of three groups of relat­ed musi­cal instru­ments that could be cat­e­go­rized as wood­winds (daegeum and pipes), per­cus­sion, and strings (gayageum, geo­mun­go, haegeum, and ajaeng). Their aes­thet­ics and musi­cal style are not lim­it­ed to pre-mod­ern Kore­an music. Though root­ed in the Kore­an tra­di­tion, they incor­po­rate West­ern and con­tem­po­rary music into their reper­toire, includ­ing orches­tral, court, and cham­ber music. The orches­tra also per­forms new­ly cre­at­ed com­po­si­tions for a con­tem­po­rary glob­al audi­ence.

The con­cert, titled “Ewha Fan­ta­sy,” is a spe­cial event to raise funds for the Hawaii Ewha Alum­nae Asso­ci­a­tion Schol­ar­ship. Tick­ets for the con­cert cost $10 and can be pur­chased by con­tact­ing the Hawaii Ewha Alum­nae Asso­ci­a­tion by phone at (808) 741‑0406 or by e-mail at hyeryeon@hawaii.edu.

Korean Studies Position at the University of North Carolina

UNC arts and sciences logoThe Depart­ment of Asian Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na, Chapel Hill (http://asianstudies.unc.edu), invites appli­ca­tions for a tenure-track posi­tion in Kore­an stud­ies at the rank of assis­tant pro­fes­sor, to begin July 1, 2018. Duties include teach­ing, research, and ser­vice. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the con­tin­ued devel­op­ment of the Department’s pro­gram in Kore­an stud­ies is expect­ed.

The Depart­ment wel­comes appli­cants with doc­tor­al degree in hand or near com­ple­tion in Kore­an stud­ies, Kore­an lan­guage and lit­er­a­ture, or a relat­ed field such as, but not lim­it­ed to, anthro­pol­o­gy, mod­ern his­to­ry, qual­i­ta­tive soci­ol­o­gy, cul­tur­al stud­ies, gen­der stud­ies, visu­al stud­ies, or per­for­mance stud­ies.

Native or near-native flu­en­cy in Kore­an and Eng­lish and demon­strat­ed poten­tial for inno­v­a­tive schol­ar­ship are required.

Those inter­est­ed should sub­mit an online appli­ca­tion at http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/128323. Appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als should include a detailed let­ter, cur­ricu­lum vitae, sam­ple syl­labi, and a writ­ing sam­ple. Paper or e-mail appli­ca­tions will not be accept­ed.

Appli­cants will also be required to iden­ti­fy the names, titles, and e-mail address­es of four pro­fes­sion­al ref­er­ences at the time of appli­ca­tion. Rec­om­menders iden­ti­fied by the appli­cant will be con­tact­ed via e-mail with instruc­tions for upload­ing their let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion.

Review of appli­ca­tions will begin Novem­ber 8, 2017. The search will remain open until the posi­tion is filled.

Panel Discussion: Understanding The Threat Of North Korea

Panel discussion imageThe on-line news ser­vice Civ­il Beat, the East-West Cen­ter, the Pacif­ic Forum, and the Hawaii Lodg­ing and Tourism Asso­ci­a­tion are spon­sor­ing a pan­el dis­cus­sion aimed at deep­en­ing under­stand­ing of the North Kore­an threat. The pro­gram, titled “Safe­guard­ing Alo­ha: Under­stand­ing The Threat Of North Korea And What It Means For Hawaii,” will take place Thurs­day, Octo­ber 12, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m., in the East-West Center’s Imin Con­fer­ence Cen­ter at 1777 East-West Road on the UH Mānoa cam­pus.

Five pan­elists will dis­cuss U.S. and inter­na­tion­al rela­tions with North Korea, the events lead­ing up to the cur­rent cri­sis, and ways to move for­ward. They will also touch upon North Korea’s impact on Hawaii’s econ­o­my and tourism indus­try and what the indus­try should do to pre­pare.

Pan­el par­tic­i­pants are:

  • Chad Blair, pol­i­tics and opin­ions edi­tor at Hon­olu­lu Civ­il Beat (Mod­er­a­tor);
  • Ralph Cos­sa, pres­i­dent of Pacif­ic Forum CSIS;
  • James Kel­ly, for­mer assis­tant sec­re­tary of state for East Asian and Pacif­ic Affairs;
  • Den­ny Roy, senior fel­low at the East-West Cen­ter; and
  • Kei­th Vieira, prin­ci­pal of KV & Asso­ciates Hos­pi­tal­i­ty Con­sult­ing, LLC and exec­u­tive-in-res­i­dence at Shi­dler Col­lege of Busi­ness.

This event is free and open to the pub­lic, but the spon­sors request RSVPs to this address because of lim­it­ed space.

Ques­tions about the event should be direct­ed to Mariko Chang at mchang@civilbeat.org.

College of Education Offers New Master’s Program Aimed at Asia-Pacific Region

College of Education logoThe Edu­ca­tion­al Foun­da­tions fac­ul­ty in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Col­lege of Edu­ca­tion has devel­oped a new master’s-degree pro­gram tar­get­ed to the Asia-Pacif­ic region. The pro­gram, titled “Glob­al Per­spec­tives on Edu­ca­tion­al Pol­i­cy and Prac­tice,” is designed to pre­pare edu­ca­tors and pol­i­cy researchers and ana­lysts for lead­er­ship in edu­ca­tion­al and research set­tings. This pro­gram will exam­ine how glob­al­iza­tion affects edu­ca­tion­al pol­i­cy and prac­tice in a mul­ti­tude of ways from ear­ly child­hood edu­ca­tion through advanced grad­u­ate stud­ies.

The cours­es in this 22-month pro­gram will focus on top­i­cal issues that are com­mon to all edu­ca­tion­al sys­tems and are appro­pri­ate for edu­ca­tion pro­fes­sion­als in diverse geo­graph­i­cal loca­tions. The online pro­gram fea­tures ongo­ing, syn­chro­nous dis­cus­sions that per­mit con­tin­u­ous dia­logue and inquiry among par­tic­i­pants across the Pacif­ic Ocean. While most of the assign­ments and lec­tures can be accessed by stu­dents on their own time, week­ly dis­cus­sions will bring every­one togeth­er. Class­es are online and require a com­put­er with a micro­phone, speak­er, and a ded­i­cat­ed Inter­net link.

Class­es will begin August 20, 2018.

For a full descrip­tion of the pro­gram, see https://coe.hawaii.edu/sites/default/files/pdf/UH%20Flyer%20-%20MEd%20in%20Global%20Perspectives.pdf.