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

2015 Korean Festival Set for Magic Island July 11

Korean Festival 2015 poster
You are invit­ed to vis­it with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies at the 2015 Kore­an Fes­ti­val Sat­ur­day, July 11, at Mag­ic Island in Hon­olu­lu. Sev­er­al mem­bers of the Center’s fac­ul­ty will be on hand in the arts and cul­tur­al activ­i­ties tent through­out the day to dis­cuss pro­grams at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa and Kore­an stud­ies in gen­er­al.

Korean Festival 2015 site planThe Kore­an Fes­ti­val is an annu­al event staged by the Hawaii Kore­an Cham­ber of Com­merce with the sup­port of many com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions and busi­ness­es and hun­dreds of vol­un­teer helpers. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and is free and open to all. Pro­ceeds from the event are used to fund ser­vice projects and ven­tures that ben­e­fit the Kore­an and larg­er com­mu­ni­ties in the Islands, includ­ing an annu­al schol­ar­ship fund for out­stand­ing stu­dents enter­ing or cur­rent­ly enrolled in col­lege.

Every year, the fes­ti­val presents food, dance, art, and music and oth­er enter­tain­ment to con­vey some­thing of Kore­an cul­ture. This year’s sched­ule includes the oblig­a­tory kimchi-eating con­test along with a jajangmyŏn-eating con­test as well. There will be per­for­mances of con­tem­po­rary Kore­an pop­u­lar music–K-pop–throughout the day. For the more traditional-minded, there will be dance per­for­mances by the Hal­la Huhm Stu­dio and oth­er groups. The com­plete sched­ule of events and oth­er infor­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val are avail­able on line at

photo of CKS table at 2014 Korean Festival

Pro­fes­sors Sang-Hyop Lee, left, and Gary Pak enjoy staffing the CKS table at the 2014 Kore­an Fes­ti­val.

North Korea Viewed as “The World’s Most Enterprising Country”

photo: Justin HastingsThe East-West Cen­ter Research Pro­gram will present a lunch-time talk by POSCO vis­it­ing fel­low Justin Hast­ings on Thurs­day, Decem­ber 4, 2014 (please note this is a change of date from the orig­i­nal announce­ment). Hastings’s top­ic will be “The World’s Most Enter­pris­ing Coun­try: North Korea’s State Trad­ing Net­works in the Glob­al Econ­o­my.” The pro­gram will be held in Burns Hall 3012 begin­ning at 12 noon.

Accord­ing to Hast­ings, North Korea presents a para­dox in that it is seem­ing­ly one of the most iso­lat­ed, para­noid, and tight­ly con­trolled coun­tries and yet sur­vives in large part due its abil­i­ty to engage in for­eign trade. He char­ac­ter­izes North Korea’s trade net­works as flex­i­ble, entre­pre­neur­ial, and sur­pris­ing­ly cre­ative and oppor­tunis­tic. In part these net­works, which have both state and pri­vate actors, have arisen as North Korea’s econ­o­my has changed over the past twen­ty years, being no longer par­tic­u­lar­ly cen­tral­ly planned nor even well con­trolled. The strug­gle for sur­vival has led to new ways of doing busi­ness.

In this sem­i­nar, Hast­ings will focus specif­i­cal­ly on the busi­ness con­duct­ed by state trad­ing com­pa­nies, both to import need­ed goods (sanc­tioned or not) into North Korea and to export (usu­al­ly sanc­tioned) goods from North Korea to the rest of the world. As they have come under pres­sure from sanc­tions and more gen­er­al­ly inter­na­tion­al stig­ma, state trad­ing net­works have shown flex­i­bil­i­ty in the goods they buy and sell, the way they struc­ture their net­works to take advan­tage of bro­kers and dif­fer­ing finan­cial arrange­ments, and their use of both North Kore­an state assets and inter­na­tion­al com­mer­cial net­works.

Justin Hast­ings is a senior lec­tur­er in inter­na­tion­al rela­tions and com­par­a­tive pol­i­tics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Syd­ney in Aus­tralia, where he teach­es cours­es on ter­ror­ism, transna­tion­al orga­nized crime, North­east Asian and South­east Asian pol­i­tics, and glob­al­iza­tion and secu­ri­ty issues. Pre­vi­ous­ly he taught at the Geor­gia Insti­tute of Tech­nol­o­gy and did stints at the Depart­ment of Defense, the Insti­tute for Defense Analy­ses, and Lawrence Liv­er­more Nation­al Lab­o­ra­to­ry. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in polit­i­cal sci­ence from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Cyn­thia Wasa Nakachi ( in the East-West Cen­ter Pro­gram Office, tele­phone (808) 944‑7439.

Korean Dance Performance

photo: Kim Myo-seonThe Mu Ryang Sa tem­ple and the Hal­la Huhm Foun­da­tion will present a Kore­an dance per­for­mance fea­tur­ing vis­it­ing guest artist Kim Myo-Seon Fri­day, Novem­ber 21, 2014. The per­for­mance will be held at the Mu Ryang Sa tem­ple in Palo­lo Val­ley begin­ning at 7:00 p.m. Admis­sion is free (dona­tions for the future Palo­lo Kore­an Care Home wel­come).

Kore­an clas­si­cal dance work­shops on seung­mu are sched­uled for the fol­low­ing week­end: 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 22, and 9:00 a.m. to noon on Sun­day, Novem­ber 23.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, tele­phone (808) 949‑2888 or (808) 369‑4928.

Expanded Han’gŭl Day Observance Planned

Korea Times Radio Seoul logoThe Korea Times Hawaii and AM1540 Radio Seoul will host a series of events on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa cam­pus to show­case the Kore­an writ­ing sys­tem and its his­to­ry as well as Kore­an food cul­ture in obser­vance of the 4347th Nation­al Foun­da­tion Day of Korea and 568th anniver­sary since procla­ma­tion of Han’gŭl, the Kore­an alpha­bet.

hangul3Octo­ber 9th is the Kore­an nation­al hol­i­day cel­e­brat­ing King Sejong’s pro­mul­ga­tion of Han’gŭl in 1446. Octo­ber is also a mean­ing­ful month with the Nation­al Foun­da­tion Day of Korea being observed on the 3rd of the month.

Every year for the last four­teen years, the Korea Times / AM1540 Radio Seoul has cel­e­brat­ed Han’gŭl Fes­ti­val dur­ing the week of Octo­ber 9, and this year is ele­vat­ing this spe­cial day to pro­mote Korea’s his­to­ry and food cul­ture to the local com­mu­ni­ty as well. The fes­ti­val is an oppor­tu­ni­ty for chil­dren as well as col­lege stu­dents to appre­ci­ate the Kore­an lan­guage and its cul­ture through an essay and speech con­test.

This year’s Annu­al Han’gŭl Fes­ti­val will be cel­e­brat­ed on Octo­ber 4th at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies. Two Kore­an organizations–Voluntary Agency Net­work of Korea (VANK) and Wan­der­ers of Bibimbap–will show­case the culi­nary his­to­ry and arts of Korea. These two groups of vol­un­teers will spend addi­tion­al time in Hawai’i spread­ing infor­ma­tion about the island of Dok­do, which is cur­rent­ly the sub­ject of a ter­ri­to­r­i­al dis­pute with Japan, and also demon­strat­ing the mak­ing of bibim­bap for local audi­ences.

This year’s event is sup­port­ed by gen­er­ous dona­tions from the Korea Foun­da­tion and the Hon­olu­lu Con­sulate Gen­er­al of the Repub­lic of Korea. Oth­er spon­sors are Kore­an Air, Dong­bu Insur­ance, Kore­an Amer­i­can Foun­da­tion Hawaii, Ohana Pacif­ic Bank, Korea Free­dom Fed­er­a­tion, and the Nation­al Uni­fi­ca­tion Advi­so­ry Coun­cil of Korea.

Schedule of Events

  • Kore­an Essay and Speech Con­test
    Par­tic­i­pants include K-12 and col­lege stu­dents
    Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies
    Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 4, 2014, at 9:00 A.M.
  • Nutri­tion­al val­ue of Kore­an Bibim­bap and Secrets of Its Taste
    Food demon­stra­tion and tast­ing by Wan­der­ers of Bibim­bap
    Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies
    Sat­ur­day, Octo­ber 4, 2014, at 11:00 A.M.
  • Let’s Talk about the His­to­ry of Korea
    VANK Presents a spe­cial lec­ture on the his­to­ry of Korea
    Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Mānoa Art Audi­to­ri­um
    Wednes­day, Octo­ber 8, 2014, at 4:30 P.M.

photo: Wanderers of BibimbapWan­der­ers of Bibim­bap (비빔밥 유랑단, con­sists of Kore­an col­lege stu­dents who trav­el through­out the Amer­i­c­as, Europe, and Africa to pro­mote the Kore­an sta­ple bibim­bap as a healthy food item for peo­ple around the world.

The orga­ni­za­tion Vol­un­tary Agency Net­work of Korea, or VANK (, spear­heads numer­ous civil­ian diplo­mat­ic mis­sions that help bring about a bet­ter under­stand­ing of Korea and Kore­an cul­ture. With the spon­sor­ship of the provin­cial gov­ern­ment of Kyŏngsangbuk-do, VANK spreads a mes­sage of peace­ful uni­fi­ca­tion of the Kore­an penin­su­la.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Dong-Kwan Kong at or call (808) 956‑8292.