Month: August 2019

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Forging an Agreement to Denuclearize North Korea

Robert Choo talks on agreement to denuclearize North KoreaU.S. Department of State legal adviser Robert Choo will discuss efforts to resolve nuclear issues with North Korea in a colloquium at the University of Hawai‘i Center for Korean Studies Thursday, August 29, 2019. Choo's presentation, titled "Legal Considerations in Forging a Denuclearization Agreement with North Korea," will begin at 3:00 p.m. The Center is located at 1881 East-West Road on the University of Hawai‘i Mānoa campus.

Robert Choo served as a deputy legal adviser to the National Security Council in the White House during the Obama Administration from October 2015 to December 2016. At the NSC, he worked on the sanctions imposed on North Korea in response to nuclear tests and on the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran. Since 2010, he has served as an attorney-adviser in the Office of the Legal Adviser in the Department of State, from which he is currently on leave.

Choo is a graduate of Yale Law School with bachelor's and master's degrees from Harvard University.

In his talk, Choo will explore the domestic and international legal considerations that figure into the forging of an agreement that would offer an easing of sanctions in exchange for denuclearization in North Korea. His discussion will describe some points of comparison with the legal architecture of the Iran agreement.

Center for Korean Studies events are free and open to all. For further information, including information regarding access for the handicapped, telephone (808) 956-7041.

This talk is supported by the Core University Program for Korean Studies through the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Korea and the Korean Studies Promotion Service of the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS-2015-OLU-2250005). The University of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Suwon art by Na Hye-sok

Endowments Bolster Study of Korean Literature at UH

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL) offers unrivaled financial support for the study of Korean literature thanks to three named endowments established in the department in the last five years. The endowments, currently totaling $400,000, are:

  • The Eugene and Sook-Ki Moon Endowed Fellowship for Korean Literature ($100,000; established in December 2014);
  • The Kwang Soo and Young Ran Chang Endowment for Korean Literature (established in July 2015 with a $100,000 gift, followed by an additional donation of $100,000 in July 2019); and
  • The Hee Kyung Lee Kwon Endowment for the Enhancement of the Korean Literature Program ($100,000; established in December 2017 by the daughter of Hee Kyung Lee Kwon, Esther Kwon Arinaga).

Specifically designated for strengthening and enhancing the existing Korean literature program in EALL, these funds represent the donors’ advocacy of and support for development of studies on Korean literary traditions.

"Ultimately, these endowments will contribute to nurturing and producing next generations of competent and committed scholars, researchers, and teachers in the field," said Yung-Hee Kim, professor of Korean literature and a member of the Center for Korean Studies faculty. Professor Kim was instrumental in establishing the endowments through her long personal friendships with the donors, who recognize and appreciate her scholarly dedication to Korean literature and culture, her efforts to promote Korean studies in general, and her service to the local Korean community.

For further information about the endowments and Korean-literature studies at the University of Hawai‘i, contact Professor Kim by e-mail at yunghee@hawaii. For information about EALL, see

Scholarships for Korean studies

CKS Scholarships Support Korean Studies Students

The Center for Korean Studies awarded more than $52,000 in scholarships to support graduate and undergraduate students in Korea-related studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for the 2019‒2020 academic year.

Descriptions of all the scholarships administered by the Center and instructions for applying for them can be found on the Center for Korean Studies Web site. The deadline for applying for Center-managed scholarships for the 2020 – 2021 academic year is February 7, 2020.

The recipients of the 2019 – 2020 academic year awards are listed below.

Center for Korean Studies Donald Kim Scholarship ($2,500 each)

  • Bonnie Fox (Ph.D. Korean language)
  • Jessica Um (M.A., Asian Studies)
  • Kimery Lynch (M.A., Asian Studies)
  • Katherine Harrington (Ph.D., Anthropology)

Yong-Min Endowed Scholarship

  • Meghan Delaney (Ph.D., Korean language) - $3,300
  • HwanHee Kim (Ph.D., Korean language) - $2,000

N.H. Paul Chung Endowed Graduate Scholarship

  • Sue Yoon (Ph.D. Korean language) - $2,000
  • Eunsun You (Ph.D., Korean language) - $2,000
  • Hana Kim (Ph.D., Political Science) - $2,800

Herbert H. Lee Scholarship

  • Grace Jeong (B.A., Korean language) - $12,000
  • Aery Kim (B.A., Korean language) - $1,000
  • Tyler Miyashiro (Ph.D., Korean language) - $1,200
  • Jun Young Shin (B.A., Korean language) - $1,800

Kim Ch’ŏn-hŭng Memorial Scholarship ($8,000)

  • Hae In Lee (Ph.D., Music)

Korean National Association/Kook Min Hur Endowed Scholarship ($1,500)

  • Jerel Bersalona (B.A., Korean language)

Dong Jae and Hyung Ja Lee Endowed Scholarship ($1,600)

  • Kamilah Dreux (B.A., Korean language)

Duk Hee Lee Murabayashi Scholarship ($3,000)

  • Hyejin Hong (M.A., Korean language)
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