Month: April 2020

News: CKS Member, Donald Reid Womack named a 2020 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation


CKS Member, Professor Donald Reid Womack of Music Composition and Theory was named a 2020 Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. The Guggenheim Fellowship is one of the major competitions for the arts and other fields.

Womack is among a diverse group of 175 writers, scholars, artists and scientists from the U.S. and Canada to receive the achievement. The candidates were chosen through a rigorous peer-review process from almost 3,000 applicants in the foundation’s ninety-sixth competition.

Womack plans to use the fellowship to write a geomungo (a plucked Korean instrument) concerto for virtuoso Yoon Jeong Heo.

“I’m thrilled and honored to have my work recognized and I am grateful for the support UH has provided, and especially for my wonderful colleagues in the music department,” said Womack.

A professor of composition at UH Mānoa since 1994, Womack's music brings together a diverse range of ideas, reflecting various influences: his background as a native of the Southern Appalachians, his longtime home in Hawaiʻi and his time spent in East Asia. He is the composer of nearly 100 works for orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo instruments and voice. Womack is widely recognized as a leader in intercultural composition and often integrates Asian and western instruments.

Womack’s music has been performed on six continents by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Russia Ulan Ude Symphony, Changwon Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Korea, National Gugak Center Orchestra, Louisville Orchestra and Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, among many others. His works can be heard on numerous recordings, and he has lectured throughout the U.S., Korea, Japan and Taiwan.

Announcement: Scholarship for researching Korean Americans issues


The Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa is now accepting applications for the fall 2020 – spring 2021 Duk Hee Lee Murabayashi Scholarship, totaling $2,000.

This scholarship, established by Duk Hee Lee Murabayashi, the eminent historian of the Korean experience in Hawai'i, provides support for students enrolled in any discipline at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa with a focus on or interest in researching Korean Americans in Hawai‘i or elsewhere in the United States. The award may be used for costs associated with attendance (e.g., tuition, books, fees) or to provide stipends for materials, travel, and the like to conduct research. The scholarship is available to full-time undergraduate and full-time or part-time graduate students pursuing a degree or certificate.

Follow this link to download a copy of the scholarship application form. In addition to the completed form, applications must include a 1-2 page essay explaining your academic objectives, briefly explain your career goals and study plans, including your major and how it relates to your focus on or interest in researching Korean Americans in Hawaii or elsewhere in the United States; copies of academic transcripts; and one letter of recommendation (see the application form for details).

Applications and supporting documents must be sent to and received by Friday, May 15, 2020, 4:30 P.M., HST. Documents that contain sensitive information should be sent via either UH FileDrop ( or your preferred filedrop method. For further information, please contact Kortne Oshiro-Chin at or telephone 1-808-956-2212.

Course Announcement: Korean Dance, Fall 2020 by Mary Jo Freshley


Ms. Mary Jo Freshley teaches Korean Dance 105, 305, and 405 in Fall Semester, 2020. Ms. Freshley is one of the Honpa Hongwanji Mission of Hawaii's Living Treasures of Hawaii, and is one of Hawaii's foremost experts on Korean dance.

She will explore the diversity of Korean culture through folk dances and music. The class will meet every Monday at 4:30 – 6:20 pm in Fall semester in Room 116 of the Music Department of  the University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Korean Dance Course - Mary Jo Freshley Fall 2020

News: The AKS is seeking applications for 2020 Graduate Fellowship

The Academy of Korean Studies is seeking applications for 2020 AKS Graduate Fellowship. It's a non-degree program which invites international graduate students abroad in the fields of Korean studies to the Graduate School of Korean Studies, the Academy of Korean Studies, and offers opportunities to conduct research in Korea for 6 months.

Fellowship Benefits
○ Monthly stipend of KRW750,000, and round trip airfare

○ On-campus accommodation is available free of charge.

○ Fellowship period : 6 months (1 Sep 2020 ~ 28 Feb 2021)

○ Fellows will designate one of the AKS’ professors whose specialty is most relevant to their research topic as their academic advisor, who will guide them through the fellowship period.

○ Korean language courses as well as cultural experience program are available free of charge.

○ International students enrolled at an overseas university in a Master’s or doctoral degree program as of the beginning of the fellowship period (1 Sep 2020), whose research topic pertains to Korea/Korean studies

※ Students in an ABD(All But Dissertation) status of a Master’s degree program are eligible, but doctoral degree students in an ABD status are not eligible.

※ Korean language proficiency is not required.

○ Applicants should apply online at between 20 April and 15 May, and submit required documents by post or in person no later than 22 May.

Application Guidelines
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○ In English :…

News: The February issue of the International Journal of Korean History, Vol. 25, No. 1 is published.

The Center for Korean History at Korea University announced the publication of The International Journal of Korean History, Vol. 25, No. 1. The complete table of contents is available at this link:

The articles in this journal’s special theme issue focus on “New Perspectives on Korean Environmental History.” All the articles in this issue and all previous issues of the journal are currently accessible on Google Scholar, DOAJ and at the IJKH website.

The IJKH is an international scholarly journal that promotes original research and new analyses and interpretations through articles, book reviews, and translated scholarly works related to Korean history. The IJKH editors and editorial board are committed to serving its international authors and readers, and to the development of Korean studies both in and outside of Korea.

The IJKH is published biannually in February and August of each year. Submissions of academic papers related to the field of Korean history are accepted for peer review throughout the year.

[Table of Contents]

Special Theme: New Perspectives on Korean Environmental History

Guest Editor’s Introduction (John S. Lee)
The Waterlogged Limits of the Infrastructural State: The Failure of the T’aean Canalization Projects in Pre-Industrial Korea, 1134-1537 (John S. Lee)
Shifting Perceptions of Insects in the Late Chosŏn Period (Sangho Ro)
Cultivating Settler Colonial Space in Korea: Public Works and the Urban Environment under Japanese Rule (Tristan R. Grunow)

Transition under Ambiguity: Koryǒ-Mongol Relations around 1260 (Chunyuan Li)
Engaging Differences in Chosŏn Korea: A Post-Ming Context (Jeong-il Lee)
Urbanizing the Countryside: The Developmentalist Designs of the New Village and Farmhouse in 1970s Rural Korea (Sungjo Kim)

Book Review
A Misunderstood Friendship: Mao Zedong, Kim Il-sung, and Sino-North Korean Relations, 1949-1976. By Zhihua Shen·Yafeng Xia. New York: Columbia University Press, 2018. xiv, 357 pp [ISBN 9780231188265] (Tomer Nisimov)

History in Cinema Review
Youngja’s Heydays and the Broken Bodies of Authoritarian Construction

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