Korean Communication Research and Practice: Looking Back, Looking Forward


During past decades, Korean communication scholars have established a solid international reputation in communication research. Although a substantial body of communication research has appeared in English, subfields of communication studies have tended to develop independently. A conference to be held at Center for Korean Studies July 27-28, 2017, aims to gather and assess the accumulated research in all subfields in order to identify critical gaps in current scholarship and point the way for future research.

Korean Communication Conference

The conference, titled “Korean Communication Research and Practice: Looking Back, Looking Forward,” was organized by Center for Korean Studies faculty member Ji Young Kim of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Communications. The stated goals of the conference are to critically evaluate the existing scholarship on Korean communication in key topic areas; carry on a dialogue about the gaps in the current research literature; and to exchange ideas and perspectives about the future directions of communication research about Korea.

Nearly two dozen communication specialists from universities in Korea, the United States, and Canada will present papers in the broad areas of communication and society; public communication; digital media and community; and culture/visual communication. Specific topics touch on communication law, political communication, journalism, health communication, public relations, advertising, digital games, and cinema, among others.

Kwan M. LeeThe conference will begin on Thursday morning with a keynote speech by Kwan Min Lee, Korea Foundation Professor of Contemporary Korean Society and New Media in the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His speech, “User Experience (UX) Research and Practice in South Korea,” is scheduled to begin at 9:20 a.m.

On Friday afternoon, the conference will wrap up with a panel discussion on the future of Korean communication featuring five of the conference participants: Seungahn Nah and Kyu Ho Youm of the University of Oregon, Hye-Ryeon Lee of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Nojin Kwak of the University of Michigan, and Dal Yong Jin of Simon Fraser University.

Sponsors of the conference include the Center for Korean Studies and the College of Social Sciences of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa; the Nam Center for Korean Studies at the University of Michigan with support from the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Republic of Korea Ministry of Education and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies; the Korean American Communication Association; the Centre for Policy Research on Science and Technology at Simon Fraser University; and the School of Journalism and Communication of the University of Oregon.

Attendance at the conference is open to the public without cost. The schedule of conference presentations can be found on line here. Inquiries about the program should be directed to the conference organizer, Prof. Ji Young Kim, at jkim22@hawaii.edu.

Community Lecture Series: New Technology and Human Relationships

The second event in the University of Hawaii Center for Korean Studies Community Lecture Series is scheduled for Sunday, May 1, 2011. This new series, begun in February, is designed to present talks of especial interest to the local community beyond the UH Manoa campus.

Jang Hyun KimIn this second lecture, Professor Jang Hyun Kim of the Manoa Department of Speech Communication will present a talk titled “New Communication Technology and the Changes of Human Life and Relationships: Focusing on Twitter and Facebook.”

Kim earned his Ph.D. in communication at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has taught in the areas of communication theories, political communication and campaign, organizational communication, conflict communication, and intercultural communication. His research embraces such topics as culture, identity, and digital media; social/semantic network analysis; policy communication and new media; diagnosing organizations; and global communication and media.

The program will be held in the Center for Korean Studies auditorium from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Parking is available in the lot adjacent to the Center and is free on Sundays. The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information, telephone the Center at (808) 956-7041.