New Issue of Korean Studies Now On Line

Korean Studies journal volume 42 (2018)Vol­ume 42 (2018) of Kore­an Stud­ies, the annu­al jour­nal of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies, is now avail­able on line through Project MUSE and its par­tic­i­pat­ing insti­tu­tions.

This issue of the jour­nal, pub­lished in coöper­a­tion with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Press, con­tains four arti­cles and five book reviews. The arti­cles are:

  • Implic­it Polit­i­cal and Eco­nom­ic Lib­er­ties in the Thought of Tasan Chŏng Yagy­ong” by Jong­woo Yi;
  • Young Barbara’s Devo­tion and Death: Read­ing Father Ch’oe’s Field Report of 1850” by Deberniere J. Tor­rey;
  • The Prob­lem of Sov­er­eign Suc­ces­sion in Con­fu­cian Rit­u­al Dis­course: Con­sti­tu­tion­al Thought of Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion between Fact and Val­ue” by Moowon Cho; and
  • Iden­ti­ties Sur­round­ing a Ceno­taph for Kore­an Atom­ic Bomb Vic­tims” by Yuko Taka­hashi.

Books reviewed in this issue are:

  • Decen­ter­ing Cit­i­zen­ship: Gen­der, Labor and Migra­tion Rights in South Korea by Hae Yeon Choo, reviewed by Robert York;
  • North Korea’s Hid­den Rev­o­lu­tion: How the Infor­ma­tion Under­ground is Trans­form­ing a Closed Soci­ety by Jie­un Baek, reviewed by Tony Docan‐Morgan;
  • Ignit­ing the Inter­net: Youth and Activism in Postau­thor­i­tar­i­an South Korea by Jiyeon Kang, reviewed by Myungji Yang;
  • Women and Bud­dhist Phi­los­o­phy: Engag­ing Zen Mas­ter Kim Iryŏp by Jin Y. Park, reviewed by Jung­shim Lee; and
  • Cura­tive Vio­lence: Reha­bil­i­tat­ing Dis­abil­i­ty, Gen­der, and Sex­u­al­i­ty in Mod­ern Korea by Eun­jung Kim, reviewed by Son­ja M. Kim.

In the Project MUSE sys­tem, the cur­rent issue of Kore­an Stud­ies can be found at Print­ed copies of the jour­nal can be obtained by sub­scrip­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Press Jour­nals Depart­ment.

Kore­an Stud­ies wel­comes sub­mis­sion of orig­i­nal, schol­ar­ly arti­cles relat­ed to Korea. Poten­tial con­trib­u­tors should con­sult the guide­lines for authors at Queries regard­ing edi­to­r­i­al mat­ters can be direct­ed to the edi­tor, Prof. Christo­pher J. Bae, at Send ques­tions regard­ing book reviews to the book‐review edi­tor, Prof. Ji Young Kim, at

Call for Papers: East Asian Human Rights Cinema

Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema special issue on human rights cinemaThe Jour­nal of Japan­ese and Kore­an Cin­e­ma seeks orig­i­nal essays for a spe­cial issue of the jour­nal devot­ed to the sub­ject of East Asian human rights films. 

Pos­si­ble top­ics include, for exam­ple, films about: polit­i­cal refugees, pris­on­er abuse, and tor­ture; immi­gra­tion rights, labor issues, and work­er exploita­tion; home­less­ness and eco­nom­ic pover­ty; child labor, child abuse, and school bul­ly­ing; gen­der inequal­i­ty, women’s rights, and patri­archy; the treat­ment of eth­nic Kore­ans, Ainu, Buraku­min, and oth­er indige­nous minori­ties in Japan; nation­al divi­sion and the rela­tion­ship between North and South Kore­ans; sex­u­al minori­ties and LGBTQ com­mu­ni­ties; peo­ple liv­ing with cog­ni­tive and phys­i­cal dis­abil­i­ties; the fight for democ­ra­cy and oppo­si­tion to author­i­tar­i­an rule; and free­dom of speech and free­dom of the press.

Critical/cultural as well as his­tor­i­cal approach­es are wel­comed, par­tic­u­lar­ly those that empha­size the con­nec­tions between cin­e­mat­ic texts and their con­texts (of pro­duc­tion, exhi­bi­tion, transna­tion­al cir­cu­la­tion, etc.). The Jour­nal of Japan­ese and Kore­an Cin­e­ma is a peer‐reviewed jour­nal that reflects the increas­ing­ly transna­tion­al sta­tus of East Asian film­mak­ing.

Send pro­pos­als (250–500 words) to by Feb­ru­ary 15, 2016. Once pro­pos­als have been select­ed, authors will have until May 15, 2016, to sub­mit their final essays (6,000–8,000 words).

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, con­tact the journal’s co‐editor, David Scott Diffri­ent (, Depart­ment of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Stud­ies, Col­orado State Uni­ver­si­ty.

For more infor­ma­tion about the Jour­nal of Japan­ese and Kore­an Cin­e­ma, fol­low this link.

On‐Line Version of Korean Studies, Volume 38, Now Available

Korean Studies coverThe on‐line ver­sion of vol­ume 38 (2014) of the Center’s jour­nal, Kore­an Stud­ies, is now avail­able on Project Muse ( The issue, edit­ed by Pro­fes­sor Min‐Sun Kim and pub­lished in asso­ci­a­tion with the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Press, includes five arti­cles from var­i­ous dis­ci­plines and reviews of thir­teen recent­ly pub­lished books.

The arti­cles in the vol­ume are:

  1. Celes­tial Obser­va­tions Record­ed in the Samguk Sagi Dur­ing the Uni­fied Sil­la Peri­od, AD 668–935” by F. Richard Stephen­son;
  2. When Poets Become Sor­cer­ers: The Cas­es of Vir­gil and Ch’oe Ch’iwŏn” by Mau­r­izio Riot­to;
  3. Par­a­sitic Infec­tion Pat­terns Cor­re­lat­ed with Urban–Rural Recy­cling of Night Soil in Korea and Oth­er East Asian Coun­tries: The Archae­o­log­i­cal and His­tor­i­cal Evi­dence” by Mye­ung Ju Kim, Ho Chul Ki, Shiduck Kim, Jong‐Yil Chai, Min Seo, Chang Seok Oh, and Dong Hoon Shin;
  4. The Way of the Cam­era and the Cam­era of the Way: The Spir­i­tu­al Nomadism of Jang Sun‐woo” by Hyang­soon Yi; and
  5. For­ma­tion and Evo­lu­tion of the Knowl­edge Régime and the Devel­op­ment Process in Korea” by Juan Felipe López Aymes.

Books reviewed in this issue include:

  • Empire of the Dhar­ma: Kore­an and Japan­ese Bud­dhism, 1877–1912 by Hwan­soo Ilmee Kim (reviewed by Richard D. McBride II);
  • Sal­va­tion through Dis­sent: Tong­hak Het­ero­doxy and Ear­ly Mod­ern Korea by George Kallan­der (reviewed by Carl Young);
  • The Mak­ing of Kore­an Chris­tian­i­ty: Protes­tant Encoun­ters with Kore­an Reli­gion, 1876–1915 by Sung‐Deuk Oak (reviewed by Tim­o­thy S. Lee);
  • Cui­sine, Colo­nial­ism and Cold War: Food in Twentieth‐Century Korea by Katarzy­na J. Cwiert­ka (reviewed by Ben­jamin Join­au);
  • Fight­ing for the Ene­my: Kore­ans in Japan’s War, 1937–1945 by Bran­don Palmer (reviewed by Evan T. Daniel);
  • Recon­struct­ing Bod­ies: Bio­med­i­cine, Health, and Nation‐Building in South Korea since 1945 by John P. DiMoia (reviewed by Don Bak­er);
  • The Tyran­ny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950–1992 by Charles K. Arm­strong (reviewed by Young‐hae Chi);
  • Read­ing North Korea: An Eth­no­log­i­cal Inquiry by Sonia Ryang (reviewed by Young Mi Lee);
  • Kore­an Polit­i­cal and Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment: Cri­sis, Secu­ri­ty, and Insti­tu­tion­al Rebal­anc­ing by Jon­gryn Mo and Bar­ry R. Wein­gast (reviewed by Den­nis McNa­ma­ra);
  • Voic­es of For­eign Brides: The Roots and Devel­op­ment of Mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism in Korea by Choong Soon Kim (reviewed by Robert F. Delaney);
  • Meet­ing Once More: The Kore­an Side of Transna­tion­al Adop­tion by Elise Prébin (reviewed by Yoon­jung Kang);
  • Archi­tec­ture and Urban­ism in Mod­ern Korea by Inha Jung (reviewed by Kloe S. Kang); and
  • Con­tem­po­rary Kore­an Art: Tansaekhwa and the Urgency of Method by Joan Kee (reviewed by Jungsil Jen­ny Lee).

To access the full text of jour­nals on Project Muse, you must log on through a sub­scrib­ing insti­tu­tion such as the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Hamil­ton Library.

For infor­ma­tion about sub­scrib­ing to Kore­an Stud­ies, see the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Press Web site.

Three Decades of Korean Studies Now On Line

Korean Studies covers, volume 1 to 34

For the past ten years, Kore­an Stud­ies, the mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary jour­nal co‐published by the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Press has enjoyed expand­ed reach with simul­ta­ne­ous pub­li­ca­tion of an elec­tron­ic ver­sion through Project Muse, an on‐line col­lec­tion man­aged by Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­si­ty Press (

The entire run of Kore­an Stud­ies has now been added to the Project Muse col­lec­tion, giv­ing researchers full‐text access to all the arti­cles and reviews pub­lished in the jour­nal from Vol­ume 1 (1977) to the most recent issue, Vol­ume 34 (2010).

Access to Project Muse col­lec­tions is avail­able through insti­tu­tion­al sub­scrip­tions main­tained by hun­dreds of col­lege and uni­ver­si­ty libraries in the Unit­ed States and abroad, includ­ing the libraries of lead­ing Kore­an insti­tu­tions such as Chung Ang Uni­ver­si­ty, Ewha Wom­ans Uni­ver­si­ty, Korea Uni­ver­si­ty, Seoul Nation­al Uni­ver­si­ty, Sogang Uni­ver­si­ty, and Yon­sei Uni­ver­si­ty.

Although full access to the arti­cle texts requires library priv­i­leges at a par­tic­i­pat­ing insti­tu­tion, the the tables of con­tents and abstracts of arti­cles are open to all users at At the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii at Manoa Library, Kore­an Stud­ies can be found by search­ing for the title in the library’s cat­a­log of elec­tron­ic resources.

Call for Articles: Journal of Korean Religions

The Jour­nal of Kore­an Reli­gions (JKR), the only English‐language aca­d­e­m­ic jour­nal ded­i­cat­ed to the study of Kore­an reli­gions, was launched in the autumn of 2010. It aims to stim­u­late inter­est in and dis­cuss the study of Kore­an reli­gions in var­i­ous aca­d­e­m­ic dis­ci­plines with­in the human­i­ties and social sci­ences. A peer‐reviewed jour­nal, JKR is pub­lished twice a year, in March and Sep­tem­ber.

JKR invites con­tri­bu­tions from senior and junior schol­ars research­ing on any aspects of Kore­an reli­gions from a wide range of per­spec­tives, includ­ing reli­gious stud­ies, phi­los­o­phy, the­ol­o­gy, lit­er­a­ture, folk­lore, art, anthro­pol­o­gy, his­to­ry, soci­ol­o­gy, polit­i­cal sci­ence, and cul­tur­al stud­ies.

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please con­tact the man­ag­ing edi­tor, Chang‐Won Park, by e‐mail at or at the Insti­tute for the Study of Reli­gion (Dasan Hall 606B), Sogang Uni­ver­si­ty, 1 Shinsu‐dong, Mapo‐gu, Seoul, 121–742, Korea.

Arti­cles of the first issue of JKR can be down­loaded for free from