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Two UHM Ph.D. Graduates Got Teaching Jobs in Korea

Recent UHM graduate students, Dr. Yongshin Kim (political science) and Dr. Yuki Asahina (sociology) got tenure track assistant professor positions at the Department of Chinese Studies, Inha University and at the Department of Japanese Studies, Hanguk University of Foreign Studies respectively this fall.

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Dr. Yongshin Kim joins the Department of China Studies at Inha University, South Korea in Fall 2020 as a tenure-track assistant professor. He was awarded a Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa in 2017, and previously a non-tenure track assistant professor of Chinese political economy in the Division of International Studies at Sejong University, South Korea.  His doctoral dissertation, “Rapid Growth amid Failed Policies: Market Transition, Industrial Policy, and the Paradoxical Success of China’s Auto Industry,” examines how growth-promoting industrial policy failed to realize policy intentions but nonetheless produced rapid growth in China’s auto industry. His doctoral research has been funded by numerous institutions, including the Donald Kim Scholarship from the Center for Korean Studies, UHM; UHM-Peking University Exchange Program; the Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation research grant; and, the Chinese government initiated Confucius Institute New China Study Plan. Furthermore, the Chiang Ching- Kuo Foundation also awarded one of the most prestigious doctoral fellowships in China studies to complete the dissertation. Up to now, he has published seven refereed journal articles both in English and Korean, which appeared in Pacific Focus, The Pacific Review, China: An International Journal, Sino-Soviet Affairs, and Social Science Review, and so on.

Dr. Yuki Asahina starts his assistant professor position at the Department of Japanese Studies, Hanguk University of Foreign Studies this fall. He is a sociologist specializing in inequality, globalization, and politics. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa in 2019. He holds a B.A. from International Christian University in Tokyo. His work seeks to understand why we experience inequality and insecurity in the ways we do at different times and places. His dissertation, “Insecure Millennials: Coming of Age in Seoul and Tokyo,” finds that, in spite of many commonalities such as trajectories of economic development, the failure of the state to provide security to citizens and levels of income inequality, young adults in Seoul are much more anxiety-ridden and sensitive to economic inequality and insecurity than their peers in Tokyo. Drawing on 14 months of ethnographic research and interviews with 98 young adults, it examines how national politics, institutions, and culture affect the ways people experience inequality and insecurity from a comparative perspective.

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CKS Receives the AKS Strategic Research Institute Program Grants for Next 10 years

On July 8, 2020, the Academy of Korean Studies announced that the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa was selected the recipient of the grant, 2020 Strategic Research Institute Program for Korean Studies. The Center will receive a total of one billion Korean Won (approximately $820,000) for next 10 years. The grant was newly created by AKS this year, and the Center was selected with a proposal titled “Sustainable Values for Korean Studies in the Americas: Korean Diaspora and the Prospects for Peace, Prosperity, and Unity of the Korean Peninsula.” The Management Committee that consists ...

CKS Scholarships Support Korean Studies Students for AY 2020-2021

The Center for Korean Studies awarded $44,800 as CKS Scholarships to support graduate and undergraduate students in Korea-related studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa for the 2020‒2021 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 recipients of the 2020 – 2021 academic year awards are listed below. CKS Scholarship - $2,500 each Kamilah Druex, BA, Korean Chihiro Mase, BA, Korean Bonnie Fox, PhD, Korean Meghan Delaney, PhD, Korean Keith Scott, PhD, Sociology Sulim Kim, PhD, History Wonkeun Lee, PhD, History ...

News: Governor David Ige proclaimed June 25, 2020 as “Korean War Remembrance Day”

On June 8, 2020, Governor David Ige proclaimed June 25, 2020 as " Korean War Remembrance Day" in Hawai‘i  in observance of the 70th anniversary of the start of the Korean War honoring the Korean War veterans and their families for their brave and selfless sacrifice. The Proclamation states: WHEREAS, the Korean War began on June 25, 1950 and officially ended on July 27, 1953 with the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement which drew the Military Demarcation Line and created the Demilitarized Zone that separated North and South Korea; and WHEREAS, with the United States-Republic of Korea alliance formed ...

News: Cheehyung Harrison Kim Appointed as Chair of the Publication Committee and Editor of Korean Studies

Professor Cheehyung Harrison Kim (김지형) is appointed the new Chair of the Publication Committee of CKS and Editor of "Korean Studies," succeeding Professor Christopher Bae who had served the position for four years. Dr. Kim joined the History Department of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2017, and has done terrific jobs in many projects at the Center. He has been working as a member of the Publication Committee last couple of years, and has begun his new duty as Chair and Editor as of June 3, 2020. The Publications Committee of CKS sets the standards governing Center publications; ...

News: Tae-Ung Baik appeared on the ThinkTech Talk Show: The COVID Experience in Korea

Professor Tae-Ung Baik, Director of the Center for Korean Studies, appeared on the ThinkTech Talk Show, titled "The COVID Experience in Korea" on May 18, 2020. Hosted by Mr. Jay Fidell, Professor Baik explained South Korean approach of testing, tracing, isolation, and quarantine with comprehensive information sharing, which enabled the country to deal with the Pandemic successfully.

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 ...

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, ...

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.

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 ...
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