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.
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.
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 â€œMulticultural Koreaâ€: 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 ChosÃ´n (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.
Center for Korean Studies faculty member Sang Yee Cheon has been selected as a recipient of the University of Hawaii Regentsâ€™ 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 MÄnoa, 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 MÄnoa campus. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge, and no reservations are needed.