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Tenure-track Professor in Modern Korean Humanities

July 20, 2021

The Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in modern Korean humanities. Applications should be submitted online by October 1, 2021. For more information: https://academicpositions.harvard.edu/postings/10473

Harvard is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color,...

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Celina Hollmichel

Celina Hollmichel, '22, Government/EAS, KI Undergraduate Summer Research Travel Grant , Summer 2021

September 15, 2021

This year, I spent my summer researching for my thesis about the integration of North Korean refugees in South Korea. My work adopts a qualitative approach and tries to identify short and long-term challenges that prevent North Korean refugees to fully integrate into South Korean society after going through the 3-month long residential integration program in Hanawon. I furthermore am interested in seeing whether I can draw any conclusions from the long-term consequences of...

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Emily Kim

Emily Kim, '22, EAS/AFVS, KI Undergraduate Research Assistantship, Summer 2021

September 15, 2021

Faculty Project: Professor Haden Guest
Faculty: 
Director, Harvard Film Archive; Senior Lecturer, Department of Art, Film, and Visual Studies


This past summer, I was honored with the opportunity to serve as curatorial and research assistant to the Harvard Film Archive in the creation of a series of programs centered on the topics of Korean Diaspora and Korean Experimental Cinema, to be presented in virtual and in-person screenings this upcoming year. Rooted in the works of the great Korean-American artist Theresa...

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Caron Kim

Caron Kim, '24, Sociology, Theater/Dance & Media, KI Undergraduate Research Assistantship, Summer 2021

September 15, 2021

Faculty Project: Aurality and Social Practices of Reading in Korean Literature
Faculty: Associate Professor, Si Nae Park, Dept. of EALC


I applied for a Korea Institute Research Assistantship position with almost no hesitation. I was looking for summer work, and I knew I wanted to do something that dealt with Korean culture or history. As a Korean American raised by immigrant parents, I have always wanted to...

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Angie Shin

Angie Shin, '23, Government, KI Undergraduate Research Assistantship, Summer 2021

September 15, 2021

Faculty Project: Database of North Korean Hacker Activities
Faculty: Prof. John Park, Director of the Korea Project and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center


Funded by the Korea Institute at Harvard University, I was a cohort member of the Summer Research Program led by Dr. John Park, director of the Korea Project at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. My research paper
investigated the implications for the North Korean government adjusting for a post-Kim future...

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Mayako Liu

A Graduate Student Perspective: Mayako Liu, G1, RSEA Program, KI Remote Graduate Summer Language Grant, Summer 2021

September 14, 2021

Thanks to the generous support of the Korea Institute, I was able to participate in the 3-week short term online program at Korea University from June to July this summer. It was an intensive program conducted solely online, dedicated to the improvement of Korean speaking, reading and writing in a short period of time. The course focused on mastering vocabulary on complicated topics about society such as volunteer work, environmental issues, and health concerns, while practicing how to...

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Sungik Yang

A Graduate Student Perspective: Sungik Yang, G4, EALC-HEAL, KI Remote Graduate Summer Research Grant, Summer 2021

September 14, 2021

After completing my year of field research abroad in Korea, I returned to Cambridge during this past summer of 2021, and thanks to the generosity of the Korea Institute, I was able to begin the process of writing the dissertation chapters based on the sources I was able to gather while in Korea.

My dissertation topic is broadly on modern Korean political and intellectual history from liberation from Japanese colonial rule in 1945 to the end of the Park Chung Hee dictatorship in 1979; specifically, I examine the content of both state-produced and public discourses and...

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Will C Sack

A Graduate Student Perspective: Will Sack, G2, History, KI Graduate Summer Research Travel Grant, Summer 2021

September 14, 2021

Thanks to the largess of the Korea Institute and the hospitality of Korea 4-H, I was able to travel to Seoul and conduct substantial dissertation research on the latter. 4-H was the largest rural youth club throughout most of the US-allied world after 1945, and the largest in the world was the Republic of Korea’s, which had more participants and a more extensive role than any other national 4-H. 4-H’s main purpose was educating rural youth not formally enrolled in schools with life skills, so its history is also a history of the shifting position of the countryside in a quickly...

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Soojin Kim

A Graduate Student Perspective: Soojin Kim, G1, Anthropology, KI Remote Graduate Summer Research Grant, Summer 2021

September 14, 2021

My doctoral research interests are in blindness and technology in South Korea. I was wondering whether and how the emphasis on technological innovation in Korean society and policy leads to improve the data accessibility and living convenience of people with disabilities, specifically blind people. I hope to examine in what aspects and why blind people experience difficulties in daily life.

Thanks to the 2021 KI Graduate Summer Research Grant program, I could begin my preliminary research with learning braille. This summer, I learned braille not only through a ‘traditional way...

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Welcome Back to Harvard- Fall Term 2021!

August 19, 2021

We hope you are all healthy and well as the new fall semester begins. We are eager to welcome you back to the Harvard campus ! We encourage you to reach out to the Korea Institute to learn about our upcoming events, activities, programs and funding that the Korea Institute offers. On the front page of our website, there is an events listserv sign-up via the red subscribe button, in case you may be interested. For student program questions, please feel free to reach out to our Program Coordinator, Catherine, cglover@fas.harvard.edu. The Korea...

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