The general public is invited to attend a commemoration ceremony deliberate for the Middle for Korean Research (CKS) on the College of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus on Thursday, September 22, 1–4 p.m. at CKS’ auditorium. Established in 1972, the middle is acknowledged because the oldest and largest within the U.S. and Canada, serving as an academic, analysis and cultural hub. Hawaiʻi’s geographic location has propelled the middle to play a key function in bringing collectively students and mental leaders.
“The Middle for Korean Research aspires to turn out to be a brand new icon that leads the adjustments within the trendy world,” stated Tae-Ung Baik, director at CKS. “Together with the worldwide unfold of Hallyu, the Korean Wave, and fashionable tradition within the worldwide group, the middle will proceed its efforts to function a hub for the Korean research networks fostering worldwide cooperation, tutorial exchanges, and financial and social developments throughout the borders.”
Situated on the Diamond Head finish of the UH Mānoa campus, the middle’s distinctive stonework, portray and darkish inexperienced glazed ceramic tiles set an genuine ambiance. The principle constructing is modeled after Kunjŏngjŏn, a standard Korean palace throne corridor and was accomplished in December 1979.
In the present day, CKS is made up of greater than 40 affiliate members from UH in quite a lot of fields reminiscent of language, historical past, literature, economics, anthropology, media broadcasting, music, structure, and regulation. It hosts artwork and efficiency exhibitions, workshops and a big selection of lectures.
The commemorative ceremony will award plaques to Duk Hee Lee Murabayahi, Bong Youn Choy, Roberta Chang and the late Dae-Sook Suh, CKS’ founding director and a UH Mānoa emeritus professor in political science. The ceremony can even characteristic a workshop primarily based on tales of Korean immigrants’ training and CKS educators.
A historic picture exhibition will probably be on show via September 28, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m. To RSVP for in-person attendance, e-mail [email protected]
Immigration to the islands
Hawaiʻi’s wealthy historical past with Korea traces again to January 13, 1903 when 102 Koreans first entered Honolulu aboard the S.S. Gaelic. Inside two years about 7,400 immigrated to the islands, many desperate to work on Hawaiʻi’s plantations and ship their earnings again house.
In 1954, UH Mānoa responded to a collective push to strengthen Korean language research and launched its very first course on campus. In 1967, greater than a dozen UH Mānoa professors advocated for a Korean studies-focused heart to develop packages and sources at UH and world wide.