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Encouraging political, economic, and cultural understanding of Korea

in the USC community and beyond.
The Korean Studies Institute (KSI) at USC encourages
political, economic, and cultural understanding of Korea in
the USC community and beyond.

Focusing on contemporary issues that affect Korea, the

USC KSI seeks to increase the depth and breadth of
resources devoted to Korean studies through its student
and faculty support and ambitious public programming.
D I R E C TO R ’ S L E T T E R

A minor in Korean studies at USC:

coming soon, with your help
To become a global leader for education about contemporary issues that

affect Korea.

I ’m delighted to welcome
you back to USC. We’ve
spent the summer planning
A minor in Korean studies
would give us a higher
profile among students,
It is gratifying that the Korea
Foundation supports our
vision for Korean Studies at
for both the upcoming year draw in casual students USC, and we will continue
and the longer term, and we as well as those deeply to improve and progress
hope you’ll join us for the interested in Korea. toward making the USC
many exciting events and KSI a world-class institute
programs we have planned. At present we do not have in both teaching and
enough faculty to offer a scholarship.
Our main mission is wide or comprehensive
educational, and along enough set of classes to offer We always like to hear
with the USC leadership, a minor, but we do hope your ideas, feedback, and
we have begun exploring that as we expand and add opinions, so feel free to drop
the possibility of offering a faculty, a minor in Korean us a line at ksi@college.usc.
minor in Korean Studies. Studies will become a real edu, or drop by and see us at
possibility. We hope you’ll the Ahn house on campus.
Consisting of six classes support us as we continue to
at the undergraduate pursue this opportunity. See you soon!
level, a minor would be
a focal point for students As mentioned on page 15,
across the university, and we just received a challenge USC KOREAN STUDIES
could potentially draw in grant from the Korea INSTITUTE, DIRECTOR
Marshall business students, Foundation for the hiring of PROFESSOR OF
Annenberg communication a new faculty member who INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
students, as well as students will study and teach about AND BUSINESS
in our own USC College. Korean politics.

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OUR VISITING FELLOWS A look at the the next generation of
Each year the USC KSI Korean studies scholars
is fortunate to welcome
a number of visiting Lindsey Ramon (M.A. candi- bank in Korea, and is hoping to
fellows, who join us from date, East Asian Studies Center) pursue a career in international
around the world. We’re is in her second year of the Mas- business or finance.
delighted to welcome this ters program in the East Asian
year’s fellows, and we look Studies Center at USC. Her focus Yunji Park
forward to seeing them is on North Korea and its rela- (Ph.D. pre-
around the Ahn house. tions with China. In addition to candidate, East
being a Teaching Assistant, she Asian Languag-
Euy Sup Cho will be working on learning more es and Cultures)
Chief Legislative Korean this year and completing is a second-year
Researcher her thesis under the direction of PhD student in
National Policy Committee David Kang. the Department
Yunji Park
National Assembly of of East Asian
Korea Secretariat Alice Yoo Languages and
(USC ’11, busi- Cultures. Her research area is
Sung Hoon Hong ness major, modern Korean literature and
Professor Marshall culture from the late colonial
Korea National Defence School) period to 1960s. She is interested
University Alice is an in the continuation and transfor-
undergradu- mation of colonial and postco-
Hak Ryang Kim Alice Yoo ate majoring lonial literature and cultures in
Adjunct Professor in business Japan as well as Korea. Currently,
Kookmin University through the Marshall School. she is working as a teaching asis-
President She also worked as an intern at tant for “Global East Asia: Korea,”
Camst, Inc. the KSI this year, and is interest- a summer session for USC under-
ed in the business and politics of graduates hosted by Ewha Wom-
Jung Ho Kim Korea. This summer she is work- ans University.
Professor ing as an intern at an investment
Inha University,
Department of Political
Science and International Want to be a Fellow next year at the
USC Korean Studies Institute?
Sung Sik Lim
The USC KSI offers both postdoctoral fellowships as well as visiting
Director General
fellow positions. The postdoctoral competition has a deadline of
National Assembly of
February 1, 2011, although we accept applications for visiting fellows
Korea Secretariat
on an continual basis.

For more information, see the USC KSI website:



Going on year two: Academy of
Korean Studies postdoctoral fellows USC KSI
In 2009, the Strategic Institute the famine. This research adds
for Korean Studies at the Acad- new insights to the limited body The USC KSI Board of
emy of Korean Studies awarded of literature on famine and North Scholars provide guidance
the USC Korean Studies Institute Korea. and support for various ac-
a $600,000 five-year grant to ademic initiatives. We are
host postdoctoral Korean studies Dr. Jung-eun Lee (Ph.D. sociol- delighted that such a group
scholars to provide them the op- ogy, Stanford of distinguished scholars
portunity for intellectual stimu- University) from diverse intellectual
lation and exchange at a crucial researches social disciplines have agreed to
point in their careers. movements in join our board.
Korea. Her dis-
Dr. Sandra Fahy (Ph.D. an- sertation studied Nancy Ableman
thropology, the dynamics of University of Illinois
London School interorganiza-
of Economics) Jung-eun Lee tional collabora- Victor Cha
researches the tion within social movements Georgetown University
North Korean during South Korea’s transition John Duncan
refugee experi- to democracy. Her future re- UCLA
ence in South search analyzes how democra-
Korea. She tization and globalization since Rudiger Frank
Sandra Fahy University of Vienna
collected oral the late 1980s have shaped the
testimonies from North Koreans ways in which individuals and Stephan Haggard
currently living in Seoul and groups engage in social move- UC San Diego
Tokyo to provide access to other- ments.
wise unavailable information on Eun Mee Kim
Ehwa University
Korean Heritage Library: Your Kyung-Ae Park
resource for teaching and research University of British
The librarians at the internation- For help or questions, contact:
ally renowned Korean Heritage Gi-wook Shin
Library offer a wide range of Joy Kim Stanford University
services and are eager to provide Curator, Korean Heritage Library Yoshihide Soeya
excellent service to educators joykim@usc.edu Keio University
and their students. They encour- Tel: 213-740-2329 or 213-740-2535
age active communication and as Shiping Tang
Sun-Yoon Lee Fudan University
much advance notice as possible
Multimedia Librarian
for ordering materials. Dennis Washburn
Tel: 213-821-1567 Dartmouth
The Korean Heritage Library
is located on the first floor of Ken Klein Young-Kwan Yoon
Doheny Memorial Library. Ko- Head, East Asian Library Seoul National University
rean books are located on Level 1 kklein@usc.edu
of the Doheny Stacks. Tel: 213-740-1772

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New USC professor Jacques Hymans
studies why some nuclear weapons
programs succeed, others fail
Jacques Hymans joined USC’s School of Interna- teaching?
tional Relations in 2009. I am teaching graduate and
undergraduate courses on
Welcome to USC! As a way of introducing you to international security, the
our community, could you tell us what your re- causes of war, and national-
search is about, and how you got interested in it? ism.
Thanks for the warm welcome! Much of my re-
search focuses on nuclear weapons proliferation. You’ve spent much of your academic career on the
In my first book, I asked why some top state lead- East Coast. What convinced you to come out west
ers decide they really must have nuclear weapons, to USC?
while most leaders historically have been either I grew up in California and never planned to spend
undecided or firmly against taking such a step. I as much time as I did back east. The USC oppor-
found my answer in the conceptions of national tunity popped up and I went for it. I’m so grateful
identity that leaders hold. In particular, “opposi- to USC for bringing me here. It’s a great school.
tional nationalist” leaders--leaders who combine There is a lot of energy both among students and
great pride in their nation with great fear of an out- among faculty. For instance, the USC KSI is turn-
side enemy, like Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il--are ing into a really significant gathering place for West
the most likely to seek nuclear weapons. Coast social scientists with an interest in Asia.

Now, in my second book project, I am asking why A final question: can you tell us one unique, in-
some states that launch nuclear weapons projects teresting, or funny thing about yourself that we
succeed in short order, whereas others do not-- wouldn’t learn from just attending your lectures or
and more than a few fail completely. I started this reading your research?
project after being surprised by the fizzle of North I am mad about nuts. I like cashews especially,
Korea’s first nuclear test in 2006. For years, the US but I will easily devour a whole can of almonds
had been claiming that North Korea for all intents or a bag of peanuts. One summer when I was in
and purposes already had the bomb. But when graduate school, I literally survived on cashews and
North Korea actually showed what they had, it orange juice. I am so weak when it comes to nuts
was utterly pathetic! They did a little better with that nowadays I actually try hard to avoid them.
their second test, in 2009, but still, whether or not My wife says you are what you eat.
North Korea actually has real nuclear weapons that
it could drop on Seoul or Tokyo is a big question
Jacques E. C. Hymans is Assistant Professor in the School of Inter-
mark. That’s after they’ve spent more than 20 years national Relations at the University of Southern California, in Los
on R&D, bought all sorts of equipment and know- Angeles. Hymans’ research focuses on international relations and
how from A.Q. Khan, and so forth. In contrast, foreign policy, with an emphasis on the growth and impact of col-
lective identities. His book The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation:
France got the bomb within 6 years even though Identity, Emotions, and Foreign Policy (Cambridge University Press,
they were doing it at a time when computers were 2006) received the 2007 Edgar S. Furniss Award for the Best First
still housed in gymnasia. Book in International Security Studies and the Alexander L. George
Award for the Best Book in Political Psychology. He received his A.B.
in Social Studies from Harvard College in 1994 and his Ph.D. from the
Very interesting research, with implications for both Harvard University Department of Government in 2001.
North and South Korea. What courses will you be
USC KSI faculty continue teaching and research
Assistant professor Youngmin Studies Vol. 8, No. 2 (May-August the translation anthology On the
Choe recently developed new 2008). His current book project, Eve of the Uprising and Other
courses on contemporary Korean How to Build a Nuclear Bomb: Stories from Colonial Korea (Cor-
film and travel in Korean visual The Political Foundations of nell East Asia Series, June 2010)
culture during the 2009-2010 Technical Achievement, is under and contributed a commissioned
academic year. This past year she contract with Cambridge Univer- article, “The Korean Novel,” to
published a journal article “Tran- sity Press. the Encyclopedia of the Novel
sitional Emotions: Boredom and (Blackwell, forthcoming). She
Distraction in Hong Sang-su’s Professor David James is on is currently working on a book
Holiday Films” in Korean Studies, sabbatical 2010-2011. He will not manuscript on colonial leftist
Vol. 33, pp. 1-28. be teaching, but will be working literature.
with USC KSI associate director
Associate professor Kyung Elaine Kim to plan a couple of This past
Moon Hwang’s A History of Korean film festivals. March, USC
Korea has just been published became the
as part of the Palgrave Essential Professor David Kang continues first U.S.
Histories series. He is also com- to research North Korean politics university to
pleting work on a monograph, and the US-ROK relationship, as establish a
Institution and Ideology: The well as larger issues of East Asian permanent
State in Modern Korea, 1894-1945, international business and poli- representa-
and starting a translation project tics. This October his book, East tive office in
Steven Lee
of Sin Chae-ho’s works, A New Asia Before the West: Five Hun- Seoul. Under
Reading of History. In the 2010-11 dred Years of Trade and Tribute, the director
school year he will teach courses will be published by Columbia of Steven Lee, adjunct profes-
on Korean history and East Asian University Press. This Spring 2011 sor of East Asian langugages and
studies. he will teach a new course in the cultures, the office will facili-
School of International Relations tate USC’s relations with Korea.
Assistant professor Jacques Hy- titled “Business and Politics of From keeping in touch with
mans researches issues related the Korean Peninsula.” alumni to recruiting students
to nuclear proliferation, and and helping to raise USC’s visibil-
recently published “Assessing Assistant professor Sunyoung ity in Korea, the office is a sign of
North Korean Nuclear Inten- Park researches the intellectual USC’s commitment to Korea and
tions and Capacities: A New and cultural history of colonial the Pacific Rim.
Approach,” Journal of East Asian Korea. She recently published

Korean language study at USC

The Korean language program at USC offers four For more information on the wide variety of
complete years of Korean language classes, as well programs and classes in Korean language, visit:
as a variety of other lectures and events. http://www.usc.edu/schools/college/ealc/korean/

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Professor Sunyoung Park and the
intellectual, literary, and cultural
history of colonial Korea
Assistant professor Sunyoung Park joined USC’s students spend the sum-
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures mer living and studying
in the Fall of 2008. in Korea. What was your
experience like?
A belated welcome to USC! Could you tell us what I found the whole experience very exciting and
your research is about, and how you got interested quite rewarding, primarily because I was lucky
in it? to lead an excellent group of well-motivated and
My research focuses on the intellectual, literary, open-minded students who were happy to engage
and cultural history of colonial Korea. During my in many activities.
graduate program at Columbia University, I re-
examined modern Korean literature through the USC’s Global East Asia program combines three
lens of the postcolonialist study of the Japanese main components: classroom instruction, study
empire and its culture. My dissertation was on trips, and public outreach activities. On a typical
Korean realism, which was a literary movement weekday, we would spend the morning studying
that developed from and yet had an oppositional the modern history of Korea through a discussion
temperament to the Japanese I-novel. I am cur- of literary works and films on Seoul, and we would
rently writing a book -- in the same methodologi- take a trip in the afternoon to relevant historical
cal vein -- on the leftist literature of colonial Korea. sites such as the Blue House and the DMZ. As for
The book argues for the necessity of reclaiming the our outreach activity, we participated as volunteer
leftist cultural legacy from its misunderstanding translators in the preparation for the 5th Annual
in a way that will allow us to appreciate the signifi- Migrant Workers Film Festival, which will take
cance of colonial leftist literature in all its histori- place in September 2010: we subtitled three docu-
cal complexity as well as its living relevance to our mentaries in English, translated monthly news
contemporary life. programs into English and Chinese, and even
served as broadcasters. A report about our experi-
What courses have you been teaching? ence will be published in Asia Pacific Arts.
I have taught a wide range of courses both at USC
and at other universities. They include survey I am very thankful to Ms. Jina Kim, the adminis-
courses on Korean civilization, introductory cours- trator of Ewha’s Office of Global Affairs, as well as
es on Korean literature and culture, both modern three local students who participated in the class
and premodern, topical courses on issues such as for their invaluable help, and the whole of Ewha
gender, nationalism, and colonialism, and theo- University, for their exceptional hospitality.
retical courses influenced by postcolonial studies.
I will soon be offering an upper-level course with A final question: can you tell us one unique, in-
a comparative focus that will be based on research teresting, or funny thing about yourself that we
for my book, tentatively titled Marxism and Cul- wouldn’t learn from just attending your lectures or
ture in Asia. reading your research?
I am good at puppet play, which, now that I think
You led the USC Global East Asia summer ses- of it, sometimes does come through during my
sion that was held with Ewha University in Seoul, lectures. Maybe, after my retirement, I’ll become
in which a small number of select undergraduate an itinerant storyteller and puppeteer.
USC opens new international office in Korea
The USC Office of Globalization ternational offices that includes
has opened a new international offices in Hong Kong, Mexico
office in Seoul, Korea, its sixth City, Shanghai, Taipei and Tokyo. USC KOREA
worldwide and fifth in Asia. USC plans to open its next inter- ACTIVITIES
national office in India. AND
Headed by professor Steven RESPONSIBILITIES
Lee, the office in Seoul also will The opening ceremony in Seoul
oversee development of a new was attended by USC’s Korean
complex of USC classrooms trustee, Y. H. Cho, chairman of • Strengthen and
and laboratories that will offer Korean Air; B. R. Sohn, chair- facilitate research
classes and provide new research man of TCC Steel and head of partnerships with
capabilities, with opportunities the USC Alumni Association Korean universities
for undergraduate and graduate in Korea; and Seung-Yu Kim,
students. chairman of the Hana Financial • Expand opportunities
Group and former head of the for student internships
USC is the nation’s leader in in- USC Alumni Association in Ko- and service-based
ternational education, with 7,482 rea, and Hee-Young Paik, Korea’s learning in Korea
international students enrolled Minister of Gender Equality and • Help support student
for the most recent academic Family recruitment in the
year, the largest number of any Republic of Korea
U.S. university. With more than Professor David Kang, head of
110 countries represented in the the USC Korean Studies Insti-
student body, Korea sends the tute, and professor Bruce Zuck-
Dr. Steven Lee
third largest number of students erman, director of the new USC
to USC of any country, behind Korean Imaging Laboratory were
Hana Bank/HSBC Building
only India and China. among the attendees from USC’s
16th Floor
USC Korea joins a network of in- delegation.
Euljiro 2 Ga, 9-10, Jung-gu
Seoul 100-192

Tel: (82)(2) 773-0502

Fax: (82)(2) 773-0503

For more information, visit


USC administrators and professors celebrating the official opening of the USC
Korea office.

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USC Korean Studies Institute, National Assemby of Korea
establish an exchange program
The USC Korean Studies In- in the heart of
stitute, based at USC College, Koreatown will
signed a memorandum of under- open in March to
standing on Jan. 28, 2010, with improve outreach
the Korean National Assembly between USC,
to establish a unique exchange South Korea and
program. the local commu-
The exchange program — the
most extensive program the “This is a great
Korean National Assembly has opportunity to ex-
signed with any American uni- pand relationships
versity — will bring members of with the larger Los
the National Assembly to USC Angeles commu-
and give students an unparal- nity,” David Kang, Korean National Assembly secretary general Park Kye
leled chance to learn about Ko- director of the Dong and USC College Dean Howard Gillman sign a
memorandum of understanding.
rean culture and politics. Korean Studies
In addition to exchanges of staff Institute, said.
and elected officials, a new office “Los Angeles is important to
“This first of its kind partnership Korea.”
among American universities
presents myriad opportunities While exchange programs often
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE in reaching out to members of involve arts and culture, this
EXCHANGE PROGRAM the Korean community and in partnership will focus on the
facilitating a rich and meaning- social sciences and contemporary
ful exchange between members issues of the day, Kang said.
• Joint research projects of USC and the Korean National
between the National Assembly,” USC College Dean “This partnership will provide
Assembly and USC KSI Howard Gillman said. training for the staff and elected
• Occasional special officials of a young democracy,”
Los Angeles is the “capital of the Kang said.
lectures and speeches
Pacific Rim” and the most impor-
by visiting National
tant international city to Korea “What we are trying to do at
Assembly members
because so many Koreans live USC and the Korean Institute is
• Partnership is one-of-a- here, said Kang. to prepare students for the next
kind among American generation of leaders … Having
universities “Overseas Koreans will now be real interactions that go back and
allowed to vote in Korean elec- forth will give students another
• Branch office in the tions, making this population aspect of how USC is at the fore-
heart of Koreatown in even more important to Korea’s front of being a global univer-
Los Angeles domestic agenda,” Kang said. sity,” Kang said.


Groundbreaking Korean unification project launched
The Korean Studies Institute at
USC and the Korea Chair at the
Center for Strategic and Interna-
tional Studies (CSIS) will un-
dertake a groundbreaking new
initiative on Korean unification.

The initiative, called “The Korea

Project: Planning for the Long
Term,” will be led by David Kang,
director of the Korean Studies
Institute, and Victor Cha, senior
adviser and holder of the Korea
Chair. The initiative is made
possible by the support of the
Korea Foundation.

“This project is significant for the

long-term future of the Korean
peninsula and, most importantly,
for the North Korean people
themselves,” Kang said.

“I’m delighted to be working on

this project with CSIS and Dr.
Cha, especially because our two
institutions will bring comple-
mentary strengths and skills to tegration of the Korean peninsu- critically important,” Cha said.
this critical research project.” la; workshops with Korea experts
and institutions on developing “Governments cannot afford the
While a great deal of study has cooperative regional solutions; time to think about the longer-
been devoted to near-term crisis and a final monograph that term implications of Korean
planning in the case of severe analyzes findings and provides unification.
instability on the Korean pen- recommendations for strength-
insula, this project will focus on ening cooperation and assess- With this project, we hope to
the yet-unstudied longer-term ing future tasks for the United fill this void as well as look at
economic, political and human States, Korea, and regional and the opportunities and benefits
security issues. international parties. that integration of the peninsula
might afford for East Asia, Korea
Highlights of the initiative’s “Military planners are preoccu- and the United States.”
work will include network link- pied with contingency plans for
ing functional experts and Korea instability on the Korean penin- For more information, visit
scholars; pathbreaking analysis sula, but the yet-unstudied medi- http://college.usc.edu/ksi/
of problems and solutions to in- um- and long-term scenarios are news/korea_project.cfm.

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Don’t miss conferences for Fall 2010
Last year, the USC Korean Studies Institute hosted an ambitious calendar of events that highlighted the
richness and diversity of Korean studies at USC. The excellent programming continues and we invite you
to attend some of this year’s exciting events.

For a full listing, visit the USC Korean studies web site: http://college.usc.edu.ksi/.

THE KOREA PROJECT: PLANNING the yet-unstudied longer-term other, provide feedback on their
FOR THE LONG-TERM economic, political, and human work from senior scholars, and to
August 20-21, 2010 security issues. find ways in which these younger
scholars can further their careers.
The Korean Studies Institute at The first, invitation-only meet-
the University of Southern Cali- ing of this multi-year project
fornia (KSI) and The Korea Chair took place at USC on August
at the Center for Strategic and 20-21, with plans for subsequent
International Studies (CSIS) have briefings to government officials
undertaken a in both the
groundbreaking U.S. and Korea,
new initiative on and follow-on
Korean unifica- meetings to
tion. take place in
Last year’s conference for rising stars
the future. See encouraged and fostered impromptu
The initiative, story on page exchanges such as the one pictured
called “The 10. For more above.
Korea Project: information,
Planning for Victor Cha, left, pictured here with visit our web- THE FUTURE OF KOREA-JAPAN
the Long Term,” Richard Samuels, professor of political site at: http:// RELATIONS
will be led by science at MIT, will be directing the college.usc.edu/ October 29, 2010,
Dr. David Kang, Korea Project with USC KSI director ksi/news/korea_ Doheny Library, USC, 1-5 p.m.
David Kang.
director of the project.cfm.
Korean Studies Co-sponsored with the Center
Institute at USC, and Dr. Victor for Korean Studies at UCLA, this
Cha, senior adviser and holder of SECOND ANNUAL RISING STARS conference will bring together a
the Korea Chair at CSIS. OF KOREAN STUDIES CONFERENCE wide variety of scholars explor-
October 10, 2010 ing relations between Japan
The initiative is made possible and Korea. Consisting of three
by the generous support of the This October we will gather roundtable panels composed of
Korea Foundation. together the next generation both Korean and Japanese stud-
of Korean studies scholars who ies scholars, our goal is schol-
While a great deal of study has study Korea and who have gained arly: to bring the best and most
been devoted to near-term crisis faculty or postdoctoral positions. thought-provoking scholarship
planning in the case of severe Bringing in senior scholars in the to bear on questions that affect
instability on the Korean pen- discipline, this is a chance to link contemporary and future Korea-
insula, this project will focus on this new generation with each Japan relations.


USC Korean Studies Institute honors and thanks its
The USC Korean Studies Institute would like to thank the following individuals, foundations and
corporations for their generous support to build and strengthen Korean studies at the University of
Southern California.

Their financial support enables us to continue to offer excellent programming, encourage and foster the
next generation of scholars, and enrich the public’s knowledge and understanding of Korea.

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JK Park Partners LLC Kim and Lee CPA
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C.J. Park
USC Korean Alumni Association
Steve Youn

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Sejong Society members form the backbone of the
USC Korean Studies Institute
Named in honor of King Sejong, The Impact of Your Annual Gift
one of Korea’s greatest rulers, SEJONG SOCIETY
the Sejong Society exists to Annual gifts directly support
support the USC Korean Studies every aspect of the educational
Institute. experience and augment the USC MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS
KSI’s operational budget.
King Sejong is best remembered GIVING LEVELS
for promoting scholarship and Annual gifts allow the USC KSI
education for all the people to direct important discretionary Annual Members
of Korea and for encouraging funds where they are needed, $1000 - $4999
research in Korea’s cultural, when they are needed. Your Scholars
economic, and political heritage. support provides much $5000 - $9999
needed flexibility to respond Philanthropists
Emulating his example to create to unpredicted, but critical $10,000 and above
new knowledge, the members of expenses and truly makes a
the Sejong Society support the difference for our students,
advancement of the Institute’s faculty and community every day.
mission and vision with an BENEFITS
annual gift of $1,000 or more. If you believe that the work
and mission of the USC KSI is Sejong Society members
important, we encourage you to receive a pin emblematic
join the Sejong Society today. of their support, invita-
tion to the USC College
Torchbearers luncheon on
campus, select university
publications, and updates
on the activities of the USC
Korean Studies Institute
throughout the year.

Members are also invited

to additional special events
throughout the year based
on their commitment

For more information,

go to
Ambassador Sung Kim, special envoy to the Six-Party Talks, addresses a or contact Lydia Lee at
full house for an off-the-record discussion about the state of U.S.-North lydial@college.usc.edu or
Korea relations. This incredible opportunity was made possible in part 213.740.4991.
with annual fund gifts to the USC KSI.


Korea Foundation
a professor of
Korean politics The USC Korean Studies Institute has a fantastic
opportunity to recruit an assistant professor in Korean
politics. The new position immediately doubles the
In a wonderful vote of confidence number of professors teaching the social sciences in
in the direction and goals of the Korean studies and moves us one step closer to offering a
USC KSI, the Korea Foundation has minor in Korean studies.
awarded us a $500,000 challenge
grant towards the establishment The USC Korean Studies Institute needs to raise
of an assistant professor of Korean $1,000,000 by 2014 to meet the challenge grant from the
politics. Korea Foundation. We need your help.

The USC KSI will be required to Every donation makes a difference and brings us closer to
raise $1,000,000 to match the grant. our goal. Will you help us today?
We plan to fill this position by the
following academic year, 2011-2012.

Why a professorship in Korean Make your donation today online at

politics? http://www.usc.edu/giving.
Select “Other” and type in “USC KOREAN
The addition of a professorship in
Korean politics enables the USC STUDIES INSTITUTE - KF CHALLENGE”
KSI to move forward in its goal to
focus on the social sciences - an ef- Matching Gifts: an easy way to double
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Mark your calendars! Fall 2010 Speakers Series

September 15 on differences between Western and Asian
Jieun Chang approaches to combating piracy in the African
USC KSI Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, 2009-2011 seas.

Dr. Chang will discuss her research on historial November 3

trauma and memory in Korea. Book Launch!
History of Korea: An Episodic Narrative
September 17 by Kyung Moon Hwang
Chuseok (Harvest Festival) Associate Professor
Ahn House Reception and Korean cultural History Department
event. This is always one of our most popular University of Southern California
The USC KSI is proud to host a reception to
September 20 celebrate Kyung Moon Hwang’s forthcoming
Bridget Coggins Korean history book: History of Korea: An Epi-
Assistant Professor sodic Narrative.
Government Department, Dartmouth
For a full listing of events, visit
Professor Coggins will talk about her research http://college.usc.edu/ksi