Pak Wins Fulbright Award to South Korea

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Sep 30, 2002

Gary Y.K. Pak, assistant professor of English at UH Mānoa, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to lecture and conduct research at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea this semester.

Pak has already delivered his first lecture in a series sponsored by the English Language and Literature Association of Korea, building on his reputation and experience as a published novelist and playwright in Hawaiʻi. He spoke earlier this month at the American Embassy in Seoul on the topic "In the Valley Beautiful Beyond: Imagination, History and the Korean American Writer in Hawaiʻi."

Besides publishing in numerous journals and anthologies, Pak is the author of the novel, A Ricepaper Airplane, and a book-length collection of short stories, The Watcher of Waipuna and Other Stories. An adaptation of the novel was produced last summer for the stage at Kumu Kahua Theatre; other works have been produced for the stage locally by the Honolulu Theatre for Youth.

Pak is one of about 800 U.S. faculty and professionals — including several from UH — who are traveling abroad to some 140 countries for the 2002-2003 academic year through the Fulbright Scholar program. Recipients of awards are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement and demonstrated leadership potential in their fields.