Memory of a Revolution Revisited at the End of East-West Road

Kim Suk seminar artCen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies vis­it­ing schol­ar Suk Kim will dis­cuss his ongo­ing writ­ing projects in a sem­i­nar Thurs­day, April 13, 2017, at the Cen­ter. Kim’s pre­sen­ta­tion, “Mem­o­ry of a Rev­o­lu­tion Revis­it­ed at the End of East-West Road,” will take place in the Center’s con­fer­ence room at 11:00 a.m.

Kim SukSuk Kim is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of Eng­lish Lit­er­a­ture at Kyung Hee Uni­ver­si­ty, where he teach­es twen­ti­eth-cen­tu­ry British and Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture. He earned his Ph.D. in Eng­lish and Amer­i­can lit­er­a­ture at New York Uni­ver­si­ty in 2006 with a dis­ser­ta­tion on the works of James Joyce.

Kim’s talk will the­mat­i­cal­ly string togeth­er the cen­tral the­ses of two of his crit­i­cal writ­ings in progress. He will, he says, “draw atten­tion to the lega­cy of rev­o­lu­tion whose time­less injunc­tion for a gen­uine change invites the improb­a­ble jux­ta­po­si­tion of the late ‘Can­dle­light Rev­o­lu­tion’ in South Korea (which is cred­it­ed with over­throw­ing the klep­to­crat­ic régime of Geun-hye Park) with the bio­graph­i­cal mem­oir by Kim San and Nym Wales titled Song of Ari­ran: A Kore­an Com­mu­nist in the Chi­nese Rev­o­lu­tion (1941).”

Kim elab­o­rates fur­ther: “There are, of course, many types of rev­o­lu­tion, just as there are as many ways of defin­ing them. Nonethe­less, inso­far as every the­o­ry of rev­o­lu­tion pre­sup­pos­es the com­ing of a cer­tain end of the world, an irrepara­ble rup­ture to the idea as well as the expe­ri­ence of life as we have known it (be it sociopo­lit­i­cal, politi­co-eco­nom­ic, ‘tele-tech­no­log­i­cal,’ and so on), the two dis­parate sub­ject mat­ters (a his­toric event and a lit­er­ary text) con­join to remind us, via the per­for­ma­tive event­ful­ness they respec­tive­ly enact, what may be at stake in endeav­or­ing a gen­uine trans­for­ma­tion apro­pos of an indi­vid­ual sub­ject as well as the col­lec­tive sub­jec­tiv­i­ty: name­ly, the sus­tain­abil­i­ty of such con­cep­tu­al bina­ries as the East and the West, the human vis-a-vis the animal(s), not to men­tion the very idea of being ver­sus haunt­ing in our glob­al­ized age.”

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies events are free and open to all. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at (808) 956‑7041. The Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/​affirmative action Institution.

Expired: Symposium Will Look at the Relationship of Performance and Literature in Oral Tradition

Literature and Performance symposiumThe per­for­mance dimen­sion is a strik­ing fea­ture of Kore­an cul­tur­al prac­tice, whether it be a tra­di­tion­al per­for­mance of p’ansori or the con­tem­po­rary pre­sen­ta­tions of pop­u­lar enter­tain­ers. A sym­po­sium at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies will explore the rela­tion­ship between per­for­mance and lit­er­a­ture in Kore­an and Hawai­ian oral tra­di­tions. The pro­gram on Feb­ru­ary 28 and March 1, 2017, will bring togeth­er schol­ars of lit­er­a­ture and the per­form­ing arts as well as per­form­ers to engage in pre­sent­ing and dis­cussing the per­for­mance dimen­sions of Kore­an literature.

The two-day pro­gram will present a series of dis­cus­sions on Hawai­ian per­for­mance and lit­er­a­ture, p’ansori and dance, sijo poet­ry, and Kore­an masked dance. Per­for­mances in a spe­cial pro­gram at Orvis Audi­to­ri­um on the evening of March 1 will present exam­ples of the art forms dis­cussed dur­ing the symposium.

Sym­po­sium par­tic­i­pants include:

  • Peg­gy Choy, asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of dance at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin, Madison;
  • Heo Chang-Yeol, a cer­ti­fied Kosŏng Ogwang­dae teacher and Kosŏng Ogwang­dae lec­tur­er at Korea Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty of the Arts;
  • Bon­nie Kim, a free­lance artist;
  • David McCann, Korea Foun­da­tion pro­fes­sor of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture emer­i­tus at Har­vard University;
  • Gary Pak, pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa;
  • Michael Pili Pang, a lec­tur­er at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa;
  • Chan Eung Park, pro­fes­sor of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture and per­for­mance at the Ohio State University;
  • Travis Kaululā‘au Thomp­son, a free­lance performer;
  • Edward J. Shultz, pro­fes­sor emer­i­tus, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa;
  • Ivan­na Yi, a Ph.D. can­di­date in East Asian lan­guages and civ­i­liza­tions at Har­vard Uni­ver­si­ty; and
  • Judy Van Zile, pro­fes­sor emeri­ta of dance at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

The sym­po­sium dis­cus­sions will take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um begin­ning at 9:30 a.m. each day. The evening pro­gram at Orvis Audi­to­ri­um on March 1 will begin at 7:30 p.m. Pro­gram details are avail­able here.

The dis­cus­sions and the evening per­for­mance pro­gram are free and open to the pub­lic. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041.

A Dialogue with Gong Ji-Young

Gong Ji-YoungThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies is pleased to present A Dia­logue with Gong Ji-Young: Empa­thy Fri­day, Novem­ber 18, 2016. Gong Ji-Young is a best-sell­ing nov­el­ist and one of the most pop­u­lar “new wave” women writ­ers in South Korea. She is the recip­i­ent of mul­ti­ple lit­er­ary awards.

A writer whose works cen­ter on social activism, Gong will speak about her works and themes and how they were shaped. Her major themes include issues sur­round­ing the labor move­ment and women’s strug­gles, par­tic­u­lar­ly gen­der equi­ty and Kore­an society’s fail­ure to move beyond patri­ar­chal ways of thinking. 

Two of her books, Human Decen­cy (2006) and Our Hap­py Time (2005), are avail­able in Eng­lish translation.

Gong’s lit­er­ary awards include the 21st Cen­tu­ry Lit­er­ary Award; the Kore­an Nov­el and Lit­er­a­ture Award from the Korea Nov­el­ist Asso­ci­a­tion; the Oh Young-soo Lit­er­a­ture Award; a Spe­cial Media Award from Amnesty Inter­na­tion­al; and the Yi Sang Lit­er­ary Award.

Gong’s pre­sen­ta­tion will take place in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Novem­ber 18. UH pro­fes­sor of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture Yung-Hee Kim will intro­duce her. A ques­tion-and-answer ses­sion will fol­low. The pro­gram is free and open to all. 

This event is sup­port­ed by the Core Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies through the Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion of the Repub­lic of Korea and the Kore­an Stud­ies Pro­mo­tion Ser­vice of the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies (AKS-2015-OLU-25005). It is also sup­port­ed by the Doo Wook and Helen Nahm Choy Fund at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Studies. 

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041.

Lim­it­ed, paid ($6) pub­lic park­ing is avail­able in the park­ing lot adja­cent to the Cen­ter and in oth­er park­ing lots on cam­pus. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing reg­u­la­tions and loca­tions, con­sult the cam­pus park­ing office Web page.

Contemporary Korean Poetry Symposium

Korean poetry symposium participantsThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and the Depart­ment of Eng­lish at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa are spon­sor­ing two events high­light­ing the poet­ry of con­tem­po­rary South Korea.

The first event is a col­lo­qui­um titled “Trans­lat­ing Con­tem­po­rary Kore­an Poet­ry: Prob­lems and Joys” led by Broth­er Antho­ny of Taizé with par­tic­i­pa­tion by poets Lee Si-Young and Kim Soo-Bok.

Broth­er Antho­ny knows his sub­ject well: He has pub­lished more than thir­ty vol­umes of Eng­lish trans­la­tions of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture, most­ly poet­ry, includ­ing works by Lee Si-Young, Kim Soo-Bok, Kim Seung-Hee, Ko Un, and Ch’on Sang-Pyong, among oth­ers, and fic­tion by Yi Mun-yol. 

The col­lo­qui­um on trans­lat­ing Kore­an poet­ry is part of the Words@Manoa Series of the Depart­ment of Eng­lish Cre­ative Writ­ing Pro­gram. It will take place Wednes­day, Feb­ru­ary 17, 2016, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in Kuyk­endall Hall Room 410 at 1733 Don­agho Road on the Mānoa campus.

Korean Poetry Readings

The fol­low­ing after­noon, Feb­ru­ary 18, Lee Si-young, Kim Soo-Bok, and a third poet, Kim Seung-Hee, will read from their works in a pro­gram in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. The read­ings will be accom­pa­nied by com­men­tary by Broth­er Antho­ny. All three poets have pub­lished exten­sive­ly, hold aca­d­e­m­ic posi­tions at major uni­ver­si­ties, and are recip­i­ents of mul­ti­ple major lit­er­ary awards. All three have also pub­lished Eng­lish edi­tions of some of their books.

This sym­po­sium is co-spon­sored by The Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and the Depart­ment of Eng­lish. These events are free and open to the pub­lic. Lim­it­ed paid park­ing is avail­able in cam­pus park­ing lots. For more infor­ma­tion about park­ing loca­tions, rules, and rates, con­sult the Mānoa cam­pus park­ing office Web page. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the two events, includ­ing infor­ma­tion regard­ing access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041 or con­tact Pro­fes­sor Gary Pak at

Oxford-Wolfson Min Sunshik Graduate Scholarship

Wolfson College logoWolf­son Col­lege and the Inter­na­tion­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Foun­da­tion are offer­ing a ful­ly fund­ed grad­u­ate schol­ar­ship at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford in the Unit­ed King­dom from the begin­ning of the aca­d­e­m­ic year 2016 – 2017 for a stu­dent under­tak­ing a D.Phil. course in Kore­an literature.

Appli­cants propos­ing to work on pre­mod­ern Kore­an lit­er­a­ture are strong­ly encour­aged to apply. Par­tic­u­lar­ly desired are schol­ars who intend to pur­sue careers ded­i­cat­ed to relat­ing Kore­an lit­er­a­ture to world lit­er­a­ture through the trans­la­tion and inter­pre­ta­tion of clas­si­cal Kore­an lit­er­a­ture. The suc­cess­ful appli­cant will also be expect­ed to par­tic­i­pate in activ­i­ties of the Life-Writ­ing Research Clus­ter at Wolf­son Col­lege work­ing on biog­ra­phy, auto­bi­og­ra­phy, mem­o­ries, and oth­er media that focus on the life and works of writ­ers (

Appli­ca­tions are invit­ed from suit­ably qual­i­fied grad­u­ates who are apply­ing for entry to the Fac­ul­ty of Ori­en­tal Stud­ies to begin D.Phil. research in the field of Kore­an lit­er­a­ture in Octo­ber 2016. The schol­ar­ship is only ten­able at Wolf­son Col­lege, is open to any nation­al­i­ty, and is award­ed on the basis of aca­d­e­m­ic mer­it and potential.

The schol­ar­ship is ful­ly fund­ed for Home/​EU and Over­seas can­di­dates: tuition fees, col­lege fees, and a liv­ing stipend to the equiv­a­lent of the UK Research Coun­cil rate (£14,057 for 2015 – 16). The suc­cess­ful appli­cant will become a mem­ber of Wolf­son College.

Appli­cants, whether inter­nal or exter­nal, should apply to the Uni­ver­si­ty under the stan­dard pro­ce­dures for grad­u­ate degrees for 2016 – 17. The University’s appli­ca­tion pro­ce­dures are described at

Appli­ca­tions should nor­mal­ly be made on line ( The final dead­line for appli­ca­tions is Jan­u­ary 22, 2016.