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. Our faculty members specializes in all disciplines such as anthropology, Asian studies, business, communication, dance, economics, history, journalism, language, law, linguistics, literature, music, political science, social work, and sociology are regularly offered. With its dedicated faculty and staff, and its many Korea-related activities, the Center for Korean Studies offers a rich opportunity for those interested in the study of Korea.


With the largest con­cen­tra­tion of Korean spe­cial­ists and resources in any Uni­ver­si­ty out­side of Korea, 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 the Uni­ver­si­ty Kore­an stud­ies fac­ul­ty;
  • Devel­op com­pre­hen­sive and bal­anced aca­d­e­m­ic pro­grams relat­ed to Korea;
  • Stim­u­late research and pub­li­ca­tions on Korea;
  • Coor­di­nate resources of the Uni­ver­si­ty with those in 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.


For more information on the Center, please refer to the CKS Brochure.

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