Christopher Bae Selected to Receive Regents’ Medal for Research

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­ber Christo­pher J. Bae, assis­tant pro­fes­sor of anthro­pol­o­gy, has been select­ed to receive the 2012 Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Regents’ Medal for Excel­lence in Research. The medal is award­ed by the Board of Regents to rec­og­nize schol­ar­ly con­tri­bu­tions that expand the bound­aries of knowl­edge and enrich the lives of stu­dents and the com­mu­ni­ty.

Bae was award­ed a $1.1 mil­lion research grant by the Acad­e­my of Kore­an Stud­ies in 2011 for a mul­ti­year, inter­na­tion­al project for pale­oan­thro­po­log­i­cal research in Korea. That project, which runs through 2015, is titled “The Ear­li­est Peo­pling of the Kore­an Penin­su­la: Cur­rent Mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary Per­spec­tives.” It aims to devel­op a more com­pre­hen­sive under­stand­ing of East Asian human evo­lu­tion dur­ing pre­his­to­ry.

Recip­i­ents of the Regents’ Medal are select­ed by the Uni­ver­si­ty Research Coun­cil through a process that begins with nom­i­na­tions of out­stand­ing fac­ul­ty mem­bers, screen­ing by a com­mit­tee of for­mer award recip­i­ents, and eval­u­a­tions of the top nom­i­nees by lead­ing U.S. schol­ars in the can­di­dates’ spe­cial­ties.

One of three research medal win­ners for 2012, Bae will be rec­og­nized at a spe­cial UH Mānoa awards recep­tion May 9 at Col­lege Hill. The medal will be award­ed at the 2012 Con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mo­ny sched­uled for Sep­tem­ber 13, 2012. In addi­tion, Bae will be invit­ed to to give a pub­lic lec­ture ear­ly in the 2012 fall semes­ter.

For more infor­ma­tion about Bae’s research inter­ests, pub­li­ca­tions, and teach­ing, see

The Center’s fac­ul­ty includes one oth­er win­ner of the Regents’ Medal for Excel­lence in Research: Prof. Ho-min Sohn of the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures in 2005. Three have won Regents’ Medals for Excel­lence in Teach­ing: Prof. Chan Ho Lee of the Depart­ment of Art and Art His­to­ry in 2011; Prof. Fred Lau of the Depart­ment of Music in 2010; and Prof. Sang Yee Cheon of the Depart­ment East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures in 2009.

CKS Faculty Active in AAS-ICAS Honolulu Conference

Fac­ul­ty mem­bers of the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies will be active par­tic­i­pants in the joint con­fer­ence of the Asso­ci­a­tion for Asian Stud­ies and the Inter­na­tion­al Con­ven­tion of Asia Schol­ars, which is being held at the Hawaii Con­ven­tion Cen­ter in Hon­olu­lu March 31 through April 3, 2011.

Paper pre­sen­ta­tions by CKS fac­ul­ty mem­bers include:

  • Prof. Sang-Hyop Lee, “Pop­u­la­tion Aging and Eco­nom­ic Progress: A Bumpy Road Ahead?” (co-authored with Andrew Mason), Thurs­day (March 31), 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Con­ven­tion Cen­ter Room 324, as part of the pan­el Demo­graph­ic Change and Health Pol­i­cy in East Asia (Ses­sion 6).
  • Prof. Judy A. Van Zile, “Iden­ti­ty, Stake­hold­ers, and Agency: Ch’oe Sung-hui, a Dancer from Korea,” Thurs­day (March 31), 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Room 303B, as part of the pan­el Cor­po­re­al Nation­alisms: Dance and the State in East Asia (Ses­sion 50).
  • Prof. Karl Kim, “Urban­iza­tion and Cli­mate Change in the Asia Pacif­ic Region: Cities as Stres­sors and Solu­tions,” Thurs­day (March 31), 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Room 304A, as part of the pan­el Out of the Ash­es: Post-crisis Recov­ery in Asia (Ses­sion 94).
  • Prof. Jung­min Seo, “Sub­jec­tive Con­struc­tion of Urban Space by Migrants: Viet­namese Migrants in Korea,” Thurs­day (March 31), 2:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m., Room 307B, as part of the pan­el Con­struct­ing “Multicultural Kore­a”: Iden­ti­ty, Space, and Poli­cies (Ses­sion 144).
  • Prof. Yean-Ju Lee, “Explain­ing the Recent Rise and Fall of Divorce Rates in Korea: Fam­i­ly Poli­cies and Gen­der and Class Dynam­ics,” Fri­day (April 1), 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Room 303A, as part of the pan­el Fam­i­ly Changes in East Asia: Declin­ing Mar­riage and Ris­ing Divorce Rates and Their Com­par­a­tive Expla­na­tions of Edu­ca­tion, Gen­der Roles, and Fam­i­ly Poli­cies (Ses­sion 296).
  • Prof. Sang Yee Cheon, “With Man as Mir­ror: Inti­ma­tions of Chang­ing Fam­i­ly Gen­der Roles in South Kore­an Ads Aimed at Women,” Sat­ur­day (April 2), 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Room 306B, as part of a pan­el of indi­vid­ual papers on media flows chaired by Prof. Cheon (Ses­sion 394).
  • Prof. Hye-ryeon Lee, Prof. Hye Eun Lee, and Prof. Jang Hyun Kim, “Reliance on Technology-Mediated Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Per­ceived Psy­cho­log­i­cal Well-Being among Kore­ans,” Sat­ur­day (April 2), 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., Room 309, as part of the pan­el Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and Social Well-Being in Kore­an Soci­ety (Ses­sion 399).

In addi­tion, Prof. Yong-ho Ch’oe will be the dis­cus­sant for the pan­el Between His­to­ry and Fic­tion: Crimes and Pun­ish­ments of the Late Chosôn (Ses­sion 18), Thurs­day (March 31), 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., Room 312, and Prof. Hugh H.W. Kang will be the dis­cus­sant for the pan­el New Views on Old Prob­lems in Ear­ly Kore­an His­to­ry: Con­fronting Some His­to­ri­o­graph­ic Prob­lems Con­cern­ing Ori­gins, State­craft, and Korean-Japanese Rela­tions (Ses­sion 496), Sat­ur­day (April 2), 1:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., Room 303B.

Prof. Edward J. Shultz will chair the pan­el His­to­ry Edu­ca­tion in East Asia: Text­books, Teach­ing Mate­ri­als, and New Depar­tures (Ses­sion 54), Thurs­day (March 31), 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Room 305A.

CKS Faculty Member Cited for Teaching Excellence

Prof. Sang Yee Cheon

Prof. Sang Yee Cheon

Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies fac­ul­ty mem­ber Sang Yee Cheon has been select­ed as a recip­i­ent of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawaii Regents’ Medal for Excel­lence in Teach­ing in 2009. This award rec­og­nizes fac­ul­ty who exhib­it an extra­or­di­nary lev­el of sub­ject mas­tery and schol­ar­ship, teach­ing effec­tive­ness and cre­ativ­i­ty, and per­son­al val­ues ben­e­fi­cial to stu­dents.

Cheon, who is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the Depart­ment of East Asian Lan­guages and Lit­er­a­tures at UH Mānoa, was cit­ed for devel­op­ing course mate­ri­als for advanced-level Kore­an lan­guage, enlarg­ing the stu­dent enroll­ment; advis­ing under­grad­u­ate stu­dents; par­tic­i­pat­ing in aca­d­e­m­ic con­fer­ences; serv­ing as a com­mit­tee mem­ber in aca­d­e­m­ic asso­ci­a­tions; pub­lish­ing reg­u­lar­ly and intro­duc­ing Kore­an cul­ture to the broad­er pub­lic. She single-handedly envi­sioned, for­mu­lat­ed, and struc­tured the B.A. Flag­ship Pro­gram in Kore­an, devel­oped its cur­ric­u­la, and recruit­ed its stu­dents. Cheon was praised for cre­at­ing a friend­ly atmos­phere in her class­es and is one of the most pop­u­lar and respect­ed teach­ers in the depart­ment.

Cheon and twelve oth­er recip­i­ents of excellence-in-teaching awards from through­out the uni­ver­si­ty sys­tem will be rec­og­nized for their achieve­ments along with oth­er UH award recip­i­ents at the annu­al Con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mo­ny to be held Sep­tem­ber 15, 2009, at 10:00 a.m. at Kennedy The­atre on the UH Mānoa cam­pus. The cer­e­mo­ny is open to the pub­lic at no charge, and no reser­va­tions are need­ed.

For infor­ma­tion about the oth­er recip­i­ents of the Regents’ Medal for Excel­lence in Teach­ing see