Korean Culture Week in Hawai‘i

Hwang Oak SohThe Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies will play host to a pro­gram of tra­di­tion­al Kore­an cul­tur­al activ­i­ties Novem­ber 27 to Decem­ber 1, 2017. The Kore­an Cul­ture Week pro­gram was orga­nized by vis­it­ing schol­ar Hwang Oak Soh of Chun­gang Uni­ver­si­ty, a spe­cial­ist in Kore­an tra­di­tion­al cloth­ing and Asian com­par­a­tive cos­tume stud­ies. The week’s activ­i­ties are spon­sored by the Asian Com­par­a­tive Folk­lore Soci­ety, the Korea Craft Design Cul­ture Pro­mo­tion Agency, the Han­bok Advance­ment Cen­ter, Osa­ka Uni­ver­si­ty of Eco­nom­ics and Law USA, and the Min­istry of Cul­ture, Sports and Tourism of the Repub­lic of Korea.

Korean culture week pouchHigh­lights of the pro­gram include two hands-on work­shops and a demon­stra­tion per­for­mance of a tra­di­tion­al wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny. The first work­shop, on Tues­day, Novem­ber 28, will take up the mak­ing of Kore­an tra­di­tion­al pouch­es. Hour-long work­shop ses­sions will begin at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the work­shop is free, though space is lim­it­ed. Mate­ri­als will be pro­vid­ed.

Korean culture week broochA sim­i­lar work­shop on mak­ing tra­di­tion­al Kore­an brooches will be offered on Wednes­day, Novem­ber 29, at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. Par­tic­i­pa­tion in the work­shop is free and open to the pub­lic, and mate­ri­als will be pro­vid­ed.

On Thurs­day, Novem­ber 30, begin­ning at 3:00 p.m., the Kore­an Cul­ture Week pro­gram will fea­ture a reen­act­ment of the tra­di­tion­al dia­mond wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny, or six­ti­eth wed­ding cer­e­mo­ny (회혼례 [回婚禮]). This will be fol­lowed by a per­for­mance of the tra­di­tion­al receiv­ing cel­e­bra­tion feast (헌수례 [獻壽禮]).

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about Kore­an Cul­ture Week in Hawai‘i, con­tact Pro­fes­sor Hwang Oak Soh by e-mail at oaksoh@cau.ac.kr.

These events will all take place at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, 1881 East-West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa cam­pus. Cen­ter events are free and open to the pub­lic. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action insti­tu­tion.

Call for Papers: Global Korean Studies and Writing Korean Culture

The Anthro­pol­o­gy Depart­ment at Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty invites pro­pos­als for pre­sen­ta­tions at the “Glob­al Kore­an Stud­ies and Writ­ing Kore­an Cul­ture” con­fer­ence. The con­fer­ence will be held Sep­tem­ber 22–23, 2017, and will be con­duct­ed in Eng­lish and Kore­an.

This con­fer­ence aims to crit­i­cal­ly engage the notion of Kore­an cul­ture and to reflect on what has been at stake in pro­duc­ing knowl­edge about it, from with­in Korea and from out­side, for Kore­ans and for non-Kore­ans. Where does “Kore­an cul­ture” begin and end, who is includ­ed and exclud­ed, and who gets to decide?

Pro­pos­als are sought for con­cep­tu­al, ana­lyt­i­cal, method­olog­i­cal, and ethno­graph­ic papers that inquire into the pol­i­tics of writ­ing (about) Kore­an cul­ture today, from dif­fer­ent locales inside and out­side South Korea. What have been the the­o­ret­i­cal and method­olog­i­cal chal­lenges par­tic­u­lar to local or inter­na­tion­al schol­ars research­ing Kore­an cul­ture? How have schol­ars account­ed for—or failed to account for—their dif­fer­ent rela­tions to Korea? How have Kore­anists respond­ed to pres­sures from nation­al and com­mer­cial inter­ests that fund research on Korea? How do we ori­ent schol­ar­ship on Kore­an cul­ture away from West­ern con­cerns and toward local issues with­out sub­or­di­nat­ing schol­ar­ship to nation­al­ist agen­das or sac­ri­fic­ing the intel­lec­tu­al rel­e­vance for the larg­er aca­d­e­m­ic com­mu­ni­ty?

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Korean Culture Day 2017

Korean Culture Day promoThe stu­dents of the UH Manoa Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter will stage their annu­al Kore­an Cul­ture Day pro­gram at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 10, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The free program–open to all–offers oppor­tu­ni­ties to play tra­di­tion­al Kore­an games such as chegich’agi, a foot-shut­tle­cock game, and kong­gi, Kore­an jacks; try on tra­di­tion­al cos­tume, or han­bok; and try a turn at brush cal­lig­ra­phy in Kore­an. Sam­ples of Kore­an food will also be avail­able.

The Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter, part of the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Cul­tures, is a con­cen­trat­ed pro­gram to pro­duce grad­u­ates with advanced lan­guage skills. Oth­er spon­sors of Kore­an Cul­ture Day include the Han­woori Club, the Fran­cis A. and Bet­ty Ann Keala Fund in Arts and Sci­ences, Pala­ma Super­mar­ket, Fab­ric Mart, Alo­ha Dryclean­ers, Ohana Pacif­ic Bank, Kukui Food Inc., Tony Moly, and the Hawaii Chris­t­ian Church.

For more infor­ma­tion about Kore­an Cul­ture Day 2017, con­tact Pro­fes­sor Mary S. Kim (maryskim@hawaii.edu) of the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages. For pho­tos of last year’s Cul­ture Day fes­tiv­i­ties, fol­low this link.

Korean Culture Day 2015

Korean Culture Day artThe stu­dents and fac­ul­ty of the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures and the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter will present their annu­al Kore­an Cul­ture Day pro­gram on Fri­day, March 13, 2015, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies.

Kore­an Cul­ture Day activ­i­ties typ­i­cal­ly include tra­di­tion­al brush cal­lig­ra­phy; tak­ing pic­tures wear­ing tra­di­tion­al Kore­an cloth­ing (han­bok 한복); play­ing tra­di­tion­al games such as chegich’agi (제기차기), a foot-shut­tle­cock game; ttakchich’igi (딱지치기), a fold­ed-paper flip­ping match; and kong­gi (공기), Kore­an jacks; and taek­won­do demon­stra­tions. There are always Kore­an food items to sam­ple too.

The Kore­an Cul­ture Day pro­gram is free and open to all.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Prof. Mary S. Kim (maryskim@hawaii.edu) or the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter (flagship@hawaii.edu) at (808) 956‑8469.

Korean Culture Day 2014

culture day imageThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies hosts Kore­an Cul­ture Day on Fri­day, April 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is spon­sored by the Cen­ter along with the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter; the UH Col­lege of Lan­guages, Lin­guis­tics, and Lit­er­a­ture; the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures; and Pala­ma Super­mar­ket.

The mul­ti­event pro­gram will take over the Center’s lob­by, con­fer­ence room, and class­room. Sched­uled activ­i­ties include brush cal­lig­ra­phy (붓글씨쓰기) and wear­ing han­bok (한복). You can try your hand at play­ing chegich’agi (제기차기), ttackchich’igi (딱지치기), kong­gi (공기), and t’uho (투호). There will also be demon­stra­tions of t’aekwŏndo (태권도) and a stu­dent tal­ent show (장기자랑). Maybe best of all, you can sam­ple some ttŏkpok­ki (떡볶이) lunch box­es (도시락).

For more infor­ma­tion about the event, con­tact the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter at flagship@hawaii.edu.