The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Asian Studies Program is offering a spring-semester course examining the experiences of Korean immigrants in the United States.
Tae-Ung Baik, professor of law and director of the Center for Korean Studies, will teach the course titled "Korean Immigrants in the USA: Past & Present" (ASAN 491K). The three-credit course will be offered Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
The course will examine the identities and cultures of the Korean immigrants and the challenges they have faced in the multicultural society of the United States. It will seek to illuminate what past and present struggles can teach us about the future of the Korean community in Hawai‘i as well as in the nation at large.
Guest speakers, field trips, video exhibitions, and discussions will all be part of the course content.
U.S. citizen and resident-alien full-time graduate and undergraduate students combining modern foreign language training with area studies are invited to apply for Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships for the coming summer and the 2020-2021 academic year.
Summer 2020 fellowships, available for East Asian and Southeast Asian languages only, provide a stipend of $2,500 plus tuition up to $5,000. An intensive language-study plan is required to qualify for these awards.
Academic-year fellowships for 2020-2021 carry a $15,000 stipend plus tuition assistance for graduate students and $5,000 stipend plus tuition assistance for undergraduates.
Students of Korean, Japanese, and Chinese may apply on line at
The Center for Korean Studies saluted the literary productivity of its affiliated faculty authors in a reception at the Center on December 4, 2019. The reception celebrated the accomplishments of fifteen faculty authors who published books, articles, or other creative works during 2019 or completed manuscripts scheduled for publication in 2020.
The list of recognized publications includes fifteen books and book chapters, twenty-one journal articles, and six music, dramatic, and video productions. Faculty authors honored at the reception include:
Tae-Ung Baik, William S. Richardson School of Law
Sumi Chang, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures
Han-Byul Chung, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures
Karl Kim, Department of Urban and Regional Planning
Mary S. Kim, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures
Hagen Koo, Department of Sociology
Sang-Hyop Lee, Department of Economics
Yeanju Lee, Department of Sociology
William O’Grady, Department of Linguistics
Thomas Osborne, Department of Music
Gary Pak, Department of English
Mee-Jeong Park, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures
S. Ghon Rhee, Shidler College of Business
Ho-min Sohn, Department of East Asian Languages & Literatures
Donald Reid Womack, Department of Music
The complete list of faculty publications cited at the reception follows.
Books and Chapters
Sang-Hyop Lee, J-P Choi, and W. Lim, Competition Law and Economics: Developments, Policies and Enforcement Trends in the US and Korea (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2019)
Sang-Hyop Lee, Neumark, D., and Y. S. Kim, A New Direction in Human Capital Policy: Trends in Advanced Countries and Implications for Korea (Edward Elgar, forthcoming 2019)
Karl Kim, Learning from Disaster: Planning for Resilience (Routledge, forthcoming 2019)
William O’Grady, Changyong Yang, and Sejung Yang, Jejueo: The Language of Korea’s Jeju Island (UH Press, 2019)
Yeanju Lee, Christopher Bae (editor), Divorce in South Korea: Doing Gender and the Dynamics of Relationship Breakdown (UH Press, 2020)
Donald Reid Womack, “Thoughts on Korean Instruments, from a Western Composer’s Perspective” in Traditional Korean Instruments: A Practical Guide for Composers (National Gugak Center, 2019)
Mary S. Kim, “Evidential markers as interactional resources in Korean conversation” in C. M. Lee and J. H. Park, ed., Evidentials and Modals (Brill, forthcoming 2020)
Mary S. Kim and S. H. Kim, “Requesting here-and-now actions with two imperative formats in Korean interaction” in C. Taleghani-Nikazm, E. Betz, P. Golato, ed., Mobilizing Others: Grammar and Lexis within Larger Activities (John Benjamins, forthcoming 2020)
Karl Kim and Bui, L. “An Assessment of Disaster Risk and Resilience in Rapidly Urbanizing ASEAN Cities” in R. Padawangi, ed., Routledge Handbook of Urbanization in Southeast Asia (Routledge, 2019): 325-344
Tae-Ung Baik, “Regional Human Rights Arrangements” in The Oxford Handbook of Constitutional Law in Asia (Oxford Univ. Press, forthcoming 2019)
Ho-min Sohn, Young-mee Cho, Hyo Sang Lee, Carol Schulz, and Sung-Ock Sohn, Integrated Korean: Beginning 1, Third Edition (UH Press, July 2019)
Ho-min Sohn, Young-mee Cho, Hyo Sang Lee, Carol Schulz, and Sung-Ock Sohn, Integrated Korean: Beginning 2, Third Edition (UH Press, July 2019)
Mee-Jeong Park, Mary S. Kim, Joowon Suh, and Bumyong Choi, Integrated Korean Workbook: Beginning 1, Third Edition (UH Press, July 2019)
Mee-Jeong Park, Mary S. Kim, Joowon Suh,, and Bumyong Choi, Integrated Korean Workbook: Beginning 2, Third Edition (UH Press, July 2019)
Sumi Chang, Ho-min Sohn, Hee-Jeong Jeong, Sang-Seok Yoon, Integrated Korean: High Intermediate 1 (UH Press, January 2019)
Sumi Chang, Ho-min Sohn, Hee-Jeong Jeong, and Sang-Seok Yoon, Integrated Korean: High Intermediate 2 (UH Press, August 2019)
Gary Pak, “The Smell of Old Wood: Oe Halmeoni’s Power of Storytelling.” A Platform for Peace and Communication (2019)
Hagen Koo, “Rethinking Working Class Formation in Korea: A Reflective Essay,” Korea Journal 59:1 (Spring, 2019): 135-157
Hagen Koo, “Rising Inequality and Shifting Class Boundaries in South Korea in the Neoliberal Era,” Journal of Contemporary Asia (2019)
Han-byul Chung, Ko, HJ., Kim, KT. & Sprouse, Jon. “An experimental study on scrambling out of islands: To the left and to the right,” Language & Information Society 37 (2019): 287-323
Han-byul Chung & Do, J-U. “The distribution of accusative subjects in Manchu: A corpus-based study,” Acta Orientalia Academiae Scientiarum Hungarica 72:2 (2019): 229-244
Min Sun Kim, “Robots as “Mechanical Other”: Transcending Karmic Dilemma.” AI and Society 34 (2019): 321-330
Min Sun Kim., Oshio, A., Kim, E. J., Tasaki, K., Anderson, K.,& Yamaguchi, A. “A cross-cultural test of implicit theories of re-requesting.” Communication Research Reports 36 (2019): 14-23.
Min Sun Kim & Hara, K. “Examining the factor structure of the “self- vs. other-benefit deception motivations scale in the case of a Japanese sample.” Applied Linguistics 21 (2019): 13-27.
Min Sun Kim, “Tribute to Howie Giles/Commentary on Language & Culture Chapter” Language, Communication, and Intergroup Relations (2019): 45-47.
S. Ghon Rhee, Irwan Adi Ekaputra, Chunlin Liu, and Hong ChaoZen, “Intraday Order Placement and Execution in a Limit Order Market: Evidence from the Indonesian Stock Market,” International Review of Finance (forthcoming 2020).
S. Ghon Rhee, Kee-Hong Bae, Utpal Bhattacharya, and Jisok Kang, “Nominal Stock Price Anchors: A Global Phenomenon?” Journal of Financial Markets 44 (2019): 31-41.
S. Ghon Rhee, Zoltan Murgulov, Alastair Marsden, and Madhu Veeraraghavan “Venture capital backed Commitments Test Entity Initial Public Offerings on the ASX” Accounting & Finance 59 (2019): 1265-1297.
S. Ghon Rhee, Boochun Jung, Dongyoung Lee, and Ilhang Shin “Business Group Affiliation, Internal Labor Markets, External Capital Markets, and Labor Investment Efficiency” Asia Pacific Journal of Financial Studies 48 (2019): 65-97.
Karl Kim and Bui, L. “Lessons from Hurricane Maria: Island Ports and Supply Chain Resilience.” International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 39 (2019).
Karl Kim, Ghimire, J., Pant, P., & Yamashita, E. “Self-reported handheld device use while driving” Accident Analysis & Prevention 125 (2019): 106-115.
Karl Kim, Togia, H., Francis, O., Zhang, G. “Segment-Based Approach for Assessing Hazard Risk of Coastal Highways in Hawai’i.” Transportation Research Record (2019): 83-91.
Karl Kim, Pant, P., Yamashita, E., & Ghimire, J, “Analysis of Transportation Disruptions from Recent Flooding and Volcanic Disasters in Hawai’i.” Transportation Research Record (2019): 194-208.
Karl Kim, Opened a New Journal with Elsevier, Transportation Research Interdisciplinary Perspectives (TRIP), and Initiated a New Section in the Journal Transportation Research D (Environment) on disasters, resilience and transportation
Karl Kim,”Going Slow to Build Resilience: Learning from Cheongsando and Other Cittaslow Communities in Korea” (ACSP Annual Conference, forthcoming 2019)
Karl Kim, “Lessons from Hurricane Maria: Island Ports and Supply Chain Resilience” in International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 39 (2019). (with Bui, L)
Karl Kim, “Self-reported handheld device use while driving” in Accident Analysis & Prevention 125 (2019): 106-115 (with Ghimire, J., Pant, P., and Yamashita, E.)
Karl Kim, “Segment-Based Approach for Assessing Hazard Risk of Coastal Highways in Hawai’i,” in Transportation Research Record (2019): 83-91 (with Togia, H., Francis, O., Zhang, G.)
Karl Kim, “Analysis of Transportation Disruptions from Recent Flooding and Volcanic Disasters in Hawai’i” in Transportation Research Record (2019): 194-208. (with Pant, P., Yamashita, E., and Ghimire, J)
Karl Kim, Stakeholder assessment of coastal risks and mitigation strategies” in Ocean & Coastal Management (2019) (with Francis, O. and Pant P.)
Karl Kim, “Efficiencies of bonding, bridging and linking social capital: Cleaning up after disasters in Japan” in International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 33 (2019): 64-73. (with Kawamoto, K.)
Donald Reid Womack, CD, “Intertwined: Music for Asian and Western Strings” (Albany Records, 2019)
Donald Reid Womack and Thomas Osborne, CD, “K-Orchestra Challenge” (Kyyunggi Gugak Center, 2018)
Gary Pak, Play Production, The Watcher of Waipuna [adaptation of novella]. Kumu Kahua Theatre, Honolulu. March-April 2019
Gary Pak, TV, Kokua Hawaii: The Beginning of the Revolutionary Movement in Contemporary Hawai‘i. Oral history television monthly documentary series (‘Ōlelo Community Television 53, August 2019 to July 2020)
Gary Pak, Youtube, Kokua Hawaii: The Beginning of the Revolutionary Movement in Contemporary Hawai‘i. 12 oral history programs. (Youtube, August 2019)
Gary Pak, DVD, Kokua Hawaii: The Beginning of the Revolutionary Movement in Contemporary Hawai‘i. 4-DVD set. Kāne‘ohe, (HI: KV2020 Productions, 2019)
The University of Hawai‘i Press has issued the first-ever book in English on Jejueo, the language of Korea’s Jeju Island. The book is the work of Changyong Yang, professor of language education at Jeju National University; Sejung Yang, a researcher and instructor at Jeju National University; and William O’Grady, professor of linguistics at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa and a member of the Center for Korean Studies faculty.
This much-needed book tells the story of a language that has gone unrecognized for too long and is now in grave peril. Once the province’s primary variety of speech, Jejueo currently has only a few thousand fluent speakers and has been classified by UNESCO as critically endangered.
The book offers both an introduction to the language and a comprehensive survey of the many features that make it largely incomprehensible to residents of the Korean mainland. After a brief chapter on the history of Jeju and its culture, the authors work their way through the language step by step, examining its sounds, its parts of speech, its rich system of suffixes for both nouns and verbs, and its unique sentence enders and discourse markers. Carefully written to minimize technical terms and supplemented with hundreds of examples, the work is intended to be accessible to students and scholars in all fields of Korean studies.
The authors present a provocative new picture of linguistic diversity in East Asia, undermining the centuries-old belief that Korea has a single language within its borders. Jejueo thus becomes important to the cultural and linguistic heritage not only of Jeju Island, but of the entire Korean nation.
As the first comprehensive treatment of Jejueo in English, this book marks a milestone in Korean studies and is sure to trigger extensive discussion of the language and its place in Korean society.