Graduate Student Workshop at the University of Hawaii

graduate student workshopThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies will bring togeth­er a group of estab­lished schol­ars and advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents in a mini‐conference/graduate stu­dent work­shop to con­duct a mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary exam­i­na­tion of the ori­gins of Kore­an iden­ti­ty. The conference/workshop, titled “Who are ‘Kore­ans’: Kore­an Iden­ti­ty Viewed through Dif­fer­ent Lens­es,” will take place at the Cen­ter in Hon­olu­lu Decem­ber 12–14, 2018.

Korea, as we know it today, is quite dis­tinct from neigh­bor­ing Chi­na and Japan. But can it be deter­mined, when viewed through dif­fer­ent lens­es, when “Korea” as we have come to know it began to take form? In all like­li­hood, dif­fer­ent fields will pro­vide dif­fer­ent per­spec­tives on ques­tions of ori­gins. The pri­ma­ry ques­tion here will be: when spe­cial­ists from dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines come togeth­er to dis­cuss this top­ic, can a con­sen­sus be drawn? If so, what might it be? If no clear con­sen­sus can be drawn, then why not? In par­tic­u­lar, by exam­in­ing Kore­an iden­ti­ty from behav­ioral and bio­log­i­cal per­spec­tives do researchers from dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines view Kore­an iden­ti­ty dif­fer­ent­ly? If so, why?

The Program

The first day of this pro­gram will include pub­lic lec­tures by five schol­ars from dif­fer­ent dis­ci­plines (anato­my, archae­ol­o­gy, genet­ics, lin­guis­tics, and soci­ol­o­gy). On the sec­ond and third days, these schol­ars will lead a closed‐door work­shop orga­nized for grad­u­ate stu­dents. The event is specif­i­cal­ly designed to give the par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dents oppor­tu­ni­ties to inter­act with these schol­ars and with oth­er grad­u­ate stu­dents and par­tic­u­lar­ly to under­stand how oth­er dis­ci­plines may define Kore­an iden­ti­ty. The hope is that involve­ment in this con­fer­ence will help the par­tic­i­pants with their own research projects as they evolve.

The pub­lic lec­ture com­po­nent of the event will be open to one and all. The invit­ed speak­ers are Choong­won Jeong (Max Planck Jena, genet­ics), Jaee­un Kim (Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, soci­ol­o­gy), Jang­suk Kim (Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, archae­ol­o­gy), U‐Young Lee (Catholic Uni­ver­si­ty, anato­my), and John Whit­man (Cor­nell Uni­ver­si­ty, lin­guis­tics).

To Apply

Those inter­est­ed in par­tic­i­pat­ing in the closed graduate‐student‐workshop com­po­nent of the event should con­tact the orga­niz­er, Prof. Christo­pher J. Bae of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i at Manoa Depart­ment of Anthro­pol­o­gy, via e‐mail ( Send a cur­rent cur­ricu­lum vitae and a one‐ or two‐page, single‐spaced state­ment about the applicant’s research project and how par­tic­i­pat­ing in this work­shop could help with that research.

In addi­tion, each applicant’s advi­sor must send Prof. Bae direct­ly a rec­om­men­da­tion let­ter that ver­i­fies that the appli­cant is a grad­u­ate stu­dent in good stand­ing and that par­tic­i­pat­ing in such a work­shop could help the stu­dent devel­op his or her research project(s) now and in the future.

The dead­line for sub­mis­sion of both appli­ca­tion mate­ri­als and let­ters of rec­om­men­da­tion is Sep­tem­ber 1, 2018. For those cho­sen to par­tic­i­pate, funds will be be avail­able to cov­er trav­el expens­es (that is, roundtrip economy‐class air­fare and room and board dur­ing the con­fer­ence).

Direct all ques­tions to Prof. Christo­pher J. Bae at, tele­phone (808) 956‑7353.

6th Kyujanggak Hanmun Workshop

Hanmun workshop text exampleThe Kyu­jang­gak Insti­tute for Kore­an Stud­ies will present its 6th Han­mun work­shop June 25 to July 13, 2018. This work­shop is intend­ed for grad­u­ate stu­dents (M.A. or Ph.D.) or advanced under­grad­u­ate stu­dents who have com­plet­ed at least one year of clas­si­cal Chi­nese train­ing and are inter­est­ed in improv­ing their read­ing com­pre­hen­sion of a wide range of orig­i­nal texts. Since class­es will be con­duct­ed in Kore­an, stu­dents should also have at least intermediate‐level pro­fi­cien­cy in Kore­an.

Sem­i­nars will take place from Mon­day to Thurs­day and last two and one‐half hours each. Select­ed read­ings will be assigned to stu­dents for trans­la­tion, so stu­dents will spend approx­i­mate­ly 10 hours per week to pre­pare the trans­la­tions.

The course reg­is­tra­tion fee is US$500, but stu­dents can apply for a fee‐waiving grant as well as trav­el sup­port. Lunch­es are pro­vid­ed at no cost at one of the cam­pus restau­rants.

To apply, com­plete the on‐line appli­ca­tion found at and include a ref­er­ence let­ter from an aca­d­e­m­ic advis­er.

Appli­ca­tions are due by April 30, 2018.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact

2018 Jangseogak Hanmun Summer Workshop

Hanmun summer workshop example textThe Jangseogak Archives at the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies is accept­ing appli­ca­tions for the 2018 Jangseogak Han­mun (Clas­si­cal Chi­nese) Sum­mer Work­shop, a three‐week inten­sive on‐campus lan­guage course from July 2 to July 20, 2018. Under­grad­u­ate stu­dents, grad­u­ate stu­dents, and advanced degree hold­ers of Kore­an stud­ies or East Asian stud­ies are wel­come to apply. Appli­cants must have stud­ied at least one year of Clas­si­cal Chi­nese or com­plet­ed a com­pa­ra­ble course in Asian stud­ies.

The work­shop will run for six hours Mon­day to Fri­day for three weeks (morn­ing lec­tures and after­noon practicum for trans­la­tion) and will also include field trips to explore his­toric sites relat­ed to the read­ing mate­ri­als addressed in the work­shop. All lec­tures and dis­cus­sions at the work­shop will be con­duct­ed in Eng­lish; at the same time, it will require trans­la­tion of the orig­i­nal sources into Eng­lish.

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Workshop for Immigrant Parents: Understanding Our Adolescent Children

silhouette of adolescentThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Out­reach Com­mit­tee will present a work­shop Sun­day, Octo­ber 1, 2017, aimed at help­ing Kore­an immi­grant par­ents in their rela­tion­ships with their ado­les­cent chil­dren. The work­shop will take place from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um at 1881 East‐West Road on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i Mānoa cam­pus. The pro­gram will be con­duct­ed in Kore­an.

The pro­gram will con­sist of two ses­sions: one on school life and the sec­ond on per­son­al growth.

The first ses­sion will be led by math teacher Sung Man Park, the Hawai‘i State Teacher of the Year for 2017; high school teacher Erin Roh; John Kim, a youth‐group leader.

The sec­ond ses­sion will fea­ture Dr. S. Peter Kim, a doc­tor of psy­chi­a­try; psy­chol­o­gist Dr. Ji‐Yeon Kim; and Dr. Seunghye Hong, a mem­ber of the fac­ul­ty of the Myron B. Thomp­son School of Social Work at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

There is no charge for par­tic­i­pa­tion in the work­shop. Park­ing on cam­pus is free on Sun­days. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact Prof. Yean‐Ju Lee: tele­phone (808) 428‑1789 or send e‐mail to

SSRC 2017 Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop Scheduled for August

SSRC dissertation workshop
The 2017 Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil (SSRC) Kore­an Stud­ies Dis­ser­ta­tion Work­shop will take place August 11–15 at the Hilton Westch­ester in Rye Brook, New York. The work­shop is intend­ed to cre­ate a net­work of advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents and fac­ul­ty by pro­vid­ing an oppor­tu­ni­ty for exchange of crit­i­cal feed­back on dis­ser­ta­tions in progress. Twelve stu­dents will be select­ed to work with three fac­ul­ty mem­bers dur­ing the pro­gram.

The work­shop invites appli­ca­tions from stu­dents in all fields in the social sci­ences and human­i­ties who have not yet begun field­work, who are cur­rent­ly in the field, or who are in the process of writ­ing their dis­ser­ta­tions.

Full‐time advanced grad­u­ate stu­dents, regard­less of cit­i­zen­ship, are eli­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in the work­shop. Appli­cants must have ABD (all but dis­ser­ta­tion) sta­tus and an approved dis­ser­ta­tion prospec­tus at the time of appli­ca­tion, but can­not have com­plet­ed writ­ing for final sub­mis­sion. Spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion will be giv­en to stu­dents from uni­ver­si­ties that are not major Kore­an stud­ies insti­tu­tions. The dead­line for appli­ca­tions is June 15, 2017.

This year’s fac­ul­ty men­tors are Suzy Kim of Rut­gers Uni­ver­si­ty; Robert Oppen­heim of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Texas, Austin; and Youngju Ryu of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, Ann Arbor.

To the extent its bud­get allows, SSRC will cov­er all trav­el to the work­shop and will ful­ly cov­er par­tic­i­pants’ lodg­ing and meals for the dura­tion of the work­shop. The Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies is pro­vid­ing fund­ing for the pro­gram.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion about the work­shop, see or con­tact the Social Sci­ence Research Coun­cil at 300 Cad­man Plaza West, 15th Floor, Brook­lyn, N.Y. 11201.

For the appli­ca­tion form and relat­ed instruc­tions, see