About the Center

Esta­b­lished in 1972, the Cen­ter for Kore­an Stud­ies coor­di­nates and devel­ops resources for the study of Korea at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. The Cen­ter seeks to pro­mote inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and inter­cul­tur­al approach­es to Kore­an stud­ies. Its fac­ul­ty draws schol­ars from dis­ci­plines as diverse as com­mu­ni­ca­tion, eco­nom­ics, geog­ra­phy, his­to­ry, lan­guage, lin­guis­tics, lit­er­a­ture, polit­i­cal sci­ence, soci­ol­o­gy, music, and urban and region­al plan­ning.

With the largest con­cen­tra­tion of Korea spe­cial­ists and resources in any uni­ver­si­ty out­side of Korea itself, the Cen­ter strives to be the pre­mier insti­tu­tion for the study of Korea in the Unit­ed States. The Cen­ter con­ducts schol­ar­ly con­fer­ences; spon­sors research projects; presents col­lo­quia, sem­i­nars, and lec­tures; hosts vis­it­ing schol­ars from around the world; pub­lish­es sig­nif­i­cant research on Korea; and con­tributes to the enhance­ment of the University’s library sys­tem and oth­er Uni­ver­si­ty research facil­i­ties.

The Center’s goals are to:

  • Enhance the qual­i­ty and per­for­mance of Uni­ver­si­ty Kore­an stud­ies fac­ul­ty;
  • Devel­op com­pre­hen­sive and bal­anced aca­d­e­m­ic pro­grams relat­ed to Korea;
  • Stim­u­late research and pub­li­ca­tions on Korea;
  • Coor­di­nate the resources of the Uni­ver­si­ty with those of the Hawai‘i com­mu­ni­ty and oth­er insti­tu­tions, orga­ni­za­tions, and indi­vid­ual schol­ars engaged in the study of Korea; and
  • Assist stu­dents in ful­fill­ing their edu­ca­tion­al needs while at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai‘i.

The Cen­ter is locat­ed at 1881 East‐West Road, near the inter­sec­tion of East‐West Road and Maile Way, on the Uni­ver­si­ty of Hawai’i Mānoa cam­pus.

You may find more information from the CKS_brochure_2019.

You can fol­low news from the Cen­ter via Twit­ter: http://www.twitter.com/uhcks.

You can find the announce­ments at the Center's Face­book, http://www.facebook.com/ckshawaii.

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