Diversity, Identity, and Universality in Global Korea

Core University Conference headerThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies Core Uni­ver­si­ty Con­fer­ence April 4–6, 2018, will high­light achieve­ments stem­ming from three years’ work sup­port­ed by the Repub­lic of Korea Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion and Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies Core Uni­ver­si­ty Pro­gram for Kore­an Stud­ies.

In 2015, the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies received Core Uni­ver­si­ty fund­ing from the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies, with a focus on the issues of “Diver­si­ty, Iden­ti­ty, and Uni­ver­sal­i­ty in Glob­al Korea.” With this sup­port, the Center’s Core Uni­ver­si­ty project team, con­sist­ing of thir­teen par­tic­i­pat­ing researchers, has ini­ti­at­ed mul­ti­ple research projects on these three top­ics:

  • Inter­nal trans­for­ma­tion in Korea: Grow­ing inequal­i­ty and lin­guis­tic diver­si­ty;
  • The two Kore­as: Con­fronting diver­si­ties and chal­lenges; and
  • Beyond Korea: Seek­ing Korea’s place in the Asia Pacif­ic and in the world.

Con­clud­ing the first three years of the Core Uni­ver­si­ty project’s research ini­tia­tives, the Cen­ter will hold a con­fer­ence to high­light its accom­plish­ments and to con­firm its con­tin­u­ing growth, through which future gen­er­a­tions of Kore­an stud­ies schol­ars will be pro­duced and nur­tured.

The con­fer­ence will begin with a brief open­ing ses­sion at 4:30 p.m. on Wednes­day, April 4. Two full days of top­i­cal pre­sen­ta­tions and dis­cus­sions will fol­low on Thurs­day and Fri­day. Con­fer­ence ses­sions include:

  1. Con­ver­gence of Kore­as, Part 1. State Cap­i­tal­ism The­o­ry, Pro­duc­tion of Spec­ta­cle, and Fash­ion as a Con­verg­ing Mark­er
  2. Con­ver­gence of Korea, Part 2. Refugee Cit­i­zen­ship, Emp­ty Cap­i­tal, and How to Crit­i­cize the State in North Korea
  3. Human Rights in the Demo­c­ra­t­ic People’s Repub­lic of Korea
  4. Pop­u­la­tions in the Two Kore­as
  5. Lin­guis­tic Diver­si­ty
  6. The Iden­ti­ty of Kore­an Immi­grants
  7. East Asian Com­mu­ni­ty

Speak­ers at the con­fer­ence include both Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i fac­ul­ty mem­bers and schol­ars from the U.S. main­land, Korea, and Europe. Fol­low this link to see the com­plete con­fer­ence pro­gram, includ­ing times, speak­ers, and top­ics.

This con­fer­ence 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-2250005).

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

Call for Papers: 9th World Congress of Korean Studies

World Congress of Korean Studies site artThe Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies will host the 9th World Con­gress of Kore­an Stud­ies at the Acad­e­my Sep­tem­ber 12th to 14th, 2018. The Con­gress theme is “Human Civ­i­liza­tions and Kore­an Stud­ies.” The orga­niz­ers invite prospec­tive par­tic­i­pants to sub­mit pro­pos­als for both indi­vid­ual pre­sen­ta­tions and pan­els.

Pan­el pro­pos­als should include three or four pre­sen­ters for a ninety-minute pro­gram. The pan­el orga­niz­er should sub­mit a one-page pro­pos­al; one-page abstract for each presenter’s paper; and a cur­ricu­lum vitae for each pre­sen­ter.

The orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee will assign indi­vid­ual papers to pan­els of three or four pre­sen­ters per pan­el. Indi­vid­ual pro­pos­als should include a one-page abstract of the paper and the presenter’s cur­ricu­lum vitae.

To sub­mit a pro­pos­al, sign up at the World Con­gress of Kore­an Stud­ies Web site (http://congress.aks.ac.kr), select Call for Abstracts, and sub­mit the required doc­u­ments (Microsoft Word files only). The appli­ca­tion dead­line is April 27, 2018.

The Con­gress orga­niz­ing com­mit­tee con­sists of Young-kyun Yang (Chair/Academy of Kore­an Stud­ies); Jae Hoon Yeon (Inter­na­tion­al Soci­ety for Kore­an Studies/SOAS, Uni­ver­si­ty of Lon­don); Jo Elfving-Hwang (Kore­an Stud­ies Asso­ci­a­tion of Australasia/University of West­ern Aus­tralia); Sun­y­oung Park (Com­mit­tee on Kore­an Stud­ies, Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Studies/University of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia ); James B. Lewis (Asso­ci­a­tion for Kore­an Stud­ies in Europe/University of Oxford); and Jeong­soo Shin (Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies).

For fur­ther details regard­ing plans and arrange­ments, con­sult the Con­gress Web site.

Direct inquiries to the Sec­re­tari­at of the World Con­gress of Kore­an Stud­ies Orga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee at congress@aks.ac.kr or tele­phone +82–31-739‑9715.

Korean Topics at 2018 SPAS Graduate Students Conference

SPAS logo for graduate students conferenceThe 2018 Grad­u­ate Stu­dents Con­fer­ence spon­sored by the uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies will fea­ture nine Korea-related pre­sen­ta­tions among the papers on its wide­ly var­ied agen­da. The con­fer­ence will take place March 14—March 16 at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies.

One pan­el will be devot­ed entire­ly to top­ics on North Korea. The pan­el will take place Fri­day, March 16, begin­ning at 9:00 a.m. in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies audi­to­ri­um. In the first of three pre­sen­ta­tions, Mar­garet Pence of the Uni­ver­si­ty of San Fran­cis­co will ana­lyze Pres­i­dent Don­ald J. Trump’s tweets and speech­es dur­ing his first state vis­it to Asia in search of insight into his for­eign pol­i­cy goals for North Korea. The paper is titled “Trump­ing the ‘Rock­et­man’: Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Rhetoric on North Korea.”

In the sec­ond pre­sen­ta­tion, Chiyeon Hwang of the UH Mānoa East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures Depart­ment looks at ways the South Kore­an tele­vi­sion show Moran­bong Club repro­duces mis­con­cep­tions between South Kore­ans and North Kore­an defec­tors to pro­mote South Kore­an nation­al­ism and polit­i­cal ide­ol­o­gy. The paper is titled “Moran­bong Club: Exploita­tion of North Kore­an Defec­tors’ Nar­ra­tive.”

The third paper, “Pho­net­ic Dif­fer­ences between South Kore­an and North Kore­an, is by Jun­gah Lee of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ore­gon. It takes up the little-studied sub­ject of pho­net­ic dif­fer­ences that have evolved in North and South Korea since the divi­sion of the coun­try.

Anoth­er approach to North Korea comes in the Thurs­day 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. pan­el in the audi­to­ri­um. Edward Green of the UH Mānoa School of Pacif­ic and Asian Stud­ies will present a paper titled “Wolf at the Back Door: Would Chi­na Invade North Korea?” In it, Green explores con­di­tions that might prompt Chi­na to inter­vene in North Korea to pre­vent a col­lapse of the régime or to block a for­eign inva­sion.

Oth­er Korea-related pre­sen­ta­tions on the con­fer­ence pro­gram include:

  • Sol-bi Kim, Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty: “Car­tel Par­ty in South Korea: Weak­ened Align­ments in Par­ty Sys­tem (Thurs­day, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. pan­el in the Cen­ter audi­to­ri­um).
  • Miae Lee, Uni­ver­si­ty of Tokyo: “The Exhi­bi­tion of Neg­a­tive His­to­ry: The His­to­ry Muse­um of J-Koreans in Tokyo” (Thurs­day, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. pan­el in the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies con­fer­ence room).
  • Hye­jin Kim, Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures, Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa: “A Girl’s Han Rep­re­sent­ed in ‘The Stat­ue of Peace’” (Thurs­day, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. pan­el in the con­fer­ence room).
  • Eun Young Seong, Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Irvine: “Out­side Sto­ry­teller: Shinya Eiko’s Sinset’aryŏng and Zainichi Kore­an His­to­ry” (Thurs­day, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. pan­el in the audi­to­ri­um).
  • Yukie Sato, Wase­da Uni­ver­si­ty: “The Gwangju Upris­ing and Tran­si­tion­al Jus­tice: Trans­for­ma­tion of His­tor­i­cal Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion among Democ­ra­ti­za­tion Move­ment” (Fri­day, 10:30 a.m. to noon pan­el in the con­fer­ence room).

To see the com­plete con­fer­ence sched­ule and abstracts of the papers, fol­low this link.

Korean Culture Day 2018

Korean Culture Day 2018Kore­an Cul­ture Day, the annu­al par­tic­i­pa­to­ry exhi­bi­tion of Kore­an music and dance, food and crafts, is sched­uled for Fri­day, March 9, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies.

The day’s agen­da includes Kore­an music and tra­di­tion­al dance, a chance to play tra­di­tion­al games, an oppor­tu­ni­ty to try on Kore­an cos­tume (han­bok), sam­ple Kore­an crafts, try your hand at cal­lig­ra­phy, sam­ple Kore­an food, and watch a stu­dent tal­ent show.

Kore­an Cul­ture Day is a pre­sen­ta­tion of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter; Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures; Col­lege of Lan­guages, Lin­guis­tics, and Lit­er­a­tures; and Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies.

Spon­sors of this year’s pro­gram include the Fran­cis A. and Bet­ty Ann Keala Fund of the Col­leges of Arts and Sci­ences; Pala­ma Super­mar­ket; Ohana Pacif­ic Bank; NoTip Taxi; Fab­ric Mart; and Tony Moly.

Kore­an Cul­ture Day activ­i­ties are free and open to all. For more infor­ma­tion about the 2018 pro­gram, con­tact the Kore­an Lan­guage Flag­ship Cen­ter at http://koreanflagship.manoa.hawaii.edu/.

Scenes from the 2017 Korean Culture Day Program

Colloquium: Donghak, a Deep Ecology of Reverence

Jea Sophia Oh lectures on DonghakThe Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies spring 2018 col­lo­qui­um series will fea­ture a dis­cus­sion of the Dong­hak reli­gious and philo­soph­i­cal move­ment on Thurs­day, March 8, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. The speak­er will be Dr. Jea Sophia Oh, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of phi­los­o­phy at West Chester Uni­ver­si­ty of Penn­syl­va­nia.

Dong­hak, or East­ern Learn­ing 東學, was influ­enced by three major East Asian philoso­phies (Con­fu­cian­ism, Bud­dhism, and Dao­ism) as well as by Chris­tian­i­ty. The result was a religious-cultural hybridiza­tion with unique Kore­an life-centered cos­mol­o­gy that reveres life and cre­ation.

Pro­fes­sor Oh’s pre­sen­ta­tion will deal with the Kore­an con­cept han­ul, the divine, in Dong­hak, com­par­ing it with the White­hea­di­an God of becom­ing via a com­pli­men­ta­ry way of com­par­a­tive ecothe­ol­o­gy.

The embrac­ing of han­ul (侍天主, si-cheon-ju) by Su-Un (水雲, 1824–1864) and Hae-Weol’s (海月 1827–1898) tri­une rev­er­ence of life (三敬, sam-gyeong) can be com­pared to the White­hea­di­an Ulti­mate as One, Many, and Cre­ativ­i­ty.

Oh’s research focus­es on Asian phi­los­o­phy, com­par­a­tive ethics, reli­gion and ecol­o­gy, and post­colo­nial stud­ies. Her approach is high­ly inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and cross-cultural, inter­sect­ing West­ern philosophy/theology and Asian philosophy/spirituality, includ­ing Bud­dhism, Con­fu­cian­ism, Dao­ism, and Dong­hak.

Her book, A Post­colo­nial The­ol­o­gy of Life: Plan­e­tar­i­ty East and West (2011), is the first approach to bridge post­colo­nial­ism and eco­log­i­cal ethics with the use of Asian spir­i­tu­al­i­ty as the philo­soph­i­cal under­pin­ning for the argu­ment that “all forms of life are sacred.”

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies col­lo­quia are free and open to all. For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, includ­ing infor­ma­tion on access for the hand­i­capped, tele­phone the Cen­ter at (808) 956‑7041.