Korean Language FLAS Students Summer 2013

seymour_0078Four UHM students study Korean language at Seoul National University this summer: Robert York, Philip Boulay, Joseph Michaels, and John Chow Seymour. At the National Traditional Music Museum at the National Gugak Center in Seoul,  John Chow Seymour (center), Ph.D. candidate in music composition and theory,  plays his own music.  John creates “new music for non-Western instruments, such as Korean traditional instruments.  I’ve had pieces performed in Korea four times now, but before this summer, I struggled to communicate with the performers playing my music.  Near the end of this summer immersion program, I met one of those performers, who played my music two years ago.  She was so grateful that I could communicate in Korean now, and we look forward to working together on artistic projects in the future. Truly, the opportunity to be in an immersive language learning environment will be an important step in my career as an internationally-focused artist and academic.

Library of Congress Florence Tan Moeson 2012 Fellowship Program Announced

The Asian Division of the Library of Congress announces the Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship Program for 2012. This Fellowship Program is made possible by a generous donation of Florence Tan Moeson, for 43 years a Chinese Team cataloger in the Regional and Cooperative Cataloging Division at the Library of Congress before she retired in 2001. Mrs. Moeson passed away on November 15, 2008.

The purpose of the Fellowship Program is to give individuals the opportunity to use the Asian and Asian American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) collections in the Library of Congress to pursue scholarly research projects. The Library’s Asian collections are among the most significant outside of Asia and consist of over 2.8 million monograph, serial, newspaper, manusc-ript and microform titles in the vernacular languages of East, South and Southeast Asia. A considerable number of electronic resources are accessible via the Asian Reading Room. The Library’s AAPI collection was officially launched in 2007. It contains primary resource materials including monographs, serials, government reports, newspapers, census data, photos, oral histories, sound recordings, film, and miscellaneous ephemera pertaining to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

For more details regarding this fellowship and information about past awardees, please visit: http://www.loc.gov/rr/asian/FTM.html. The deadline for the 2012 application season is September 30, 2011.

The Florence Tan Moeson Research Fellowship awards total $14,000 each year for 10 years in support of grant support for research projects employing the Asian Division’s Reading Room and the Library’s extensive Asian collections. The grants are awarded upon demonstration of need through a competitive process. Grants are intended to subsidize the researcher’s transportation fares to and from Washington, DC, overnight accommodations and photocopying fees. Graduate students, independent scholars, community college teachers, researchers without regular teaching appointments, and librarians with a demonstrated need for research fellowship support are eligible to apply.

The Library’s Asian collections began in 1869 with a gift of 10 works in 933 volumes from an emperor of China to the United States. Spanning a diversity of subjects from China, Japan, Korea, the South Asian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, and the Asian Pacific American community, the Library’s Asian and AAPI collections have become one of the most accessible and comprehensive sources in the world. To learn about the content of LC Asian and AAPI collections, visit the Library’s Asian Division’s website at: www.loc.gov/rr/asian/.

Contact: Dr. Anchi Hoh, Co-Chair, Florence Tan Moeson Fellowship Program Committee, adia@loc.gov, 202-707-5673.

Latest Volume of Korean Studies Now On Line

The on-line version of the latest volume (32) of Korean Studies, the journal of the University of Hawai’i Center for Korean Studies, is now available through Project MUSE, the on-line repository of humanities and social sciences journals.

Access to the table of contents and article abstracts is open to all at http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/korean_studies/toc/ks.32.html. Access to the full text is restricted to those at participating institutions. UH faculty and students can get access through the UH library system (see http://micro189.lib3.hawaii.edu/ezproxy/details.php?dbId=1361).

Articles in Volume 32 include:

  • “Between Defector and Migrant: Identities and Strategies of North Koreans in South Korea” by Byung-Ho Chung (pp. 1-27)
  • “Will South Korea Follow the German Experience?: Democracy, the Migratory Process, and the Prospects for Permanent Immigration in Korea” by Timothy C. Lim (pp. 28-55)
  • “Mixed Race Peoples in the Korean National Imaginary and Family” by Mary Lee (pp. 56-85)
  • “The Gay Rights Movement in Democratizing Korea” by Youngshik D. Bong (pp. 86-103)
  • “Emperor and Emissary: The Hongwu Emperor, Kwŏn Kŭn, and the Poetry of Late Fourteenth Century Diplomacy” by Dane Alston (pp. 104-147)
  • “On the Semantic Derogation of Terms for Women in Korean, with Parallel Developments in Chinese and Japanese” by Minju Kim (pp. 148-176)

The issue also contains reviews of thirteen books.

For information about subscribing to Korean Studies, contact the University of Hawai’i Press Journals Department or see http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu/journals/ks/KSorder.php. For information about article submissions, see http://www.hawaii.edu/korea/pages/Publications/ks.html.