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 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

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.

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Contemporary Transnational Popular Cultural Traffic between Korea and Japan

Date: Friday, April 18, 2008
Time: 3:00pm – 4:30pm
Place: Center for Korean Studies Conference Room

by Dr. Eun-Young Jung (Post-Doctoral Fellow/Ethnomusicology, University of Pittsburgh)
It is widely recognized that popular music in Asia is intensely transnational, involving not only import from the West but also the traffic of local pop music among Asian countries.

The dynamics of intra-Asian cultural flows, however, are much more complicated and locality-specific than might first appear. The case of cultural flows between Korea and Japan is particularly complex because of the two countries’ antagonism toward each other.

Contrasts in pop musical “exchanges” between Korea and Japan and the different nature of Korean pop music presence in Japan in contrast to the Japanese pop musical presence in Korea in the light of the troubled history of Japan-Korea relations will be discussed.

Free admission
Sponsored by Asian Studies Program, SPAS

Colloquium: The Diffusion of Retail Innovation: The Case of 7-Eleven

Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Place: Center for Korean Studies Conference Room

Hyunchul Kim

Graduate School of International Studies
Seoul National University

Professor Hyunchul Kim
Professor Hyunchul Kim

There are many convenience stores such as 7-Eleven in Hawai‘i. What sort of items do you typically purchase at those convenience stores? Spam Musubi, coffee, or cookies? In this presentation, Professor Kim will examine how the idea of 7-Eleven was invented and subsequently has proliferated in America since its inception. He will also explain how 7-Eleven was introduced to Japan and Korea and what were the consequences in both countries. His presentation will be delivered in Korean.

Hyunchul Kim is an associate professor of Japanese business at the Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University. He is now in charge of Area Studies at GSIS. He is a graduate of the School of Business Administration at SNU and received his Ph.D. at the Keio Business School in Japan. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Center for Korean Studies.