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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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Cherry Blossoms

The Korea Institute, Harvard University announces the 2021 Student Grant and Fellowship Awards

May 21, 2021

These Korea Institute undergraduate and graduate student awards are generously supported by the Min Young-Chul Memorial Fund, Sunshik Min Endowment for the Advancement of Korean Literature Fund, Modern Korean Economy and Society (Sanhak) Endowment Fund, SBS Endowment Fund, SBS Foundation Research Fund and anonymous donors at the Korea Institute, Harvard University.

For summer 2021, all student study and research opportunities supported by the Korea Institute were conducted remotely due to Covid-19 and travel restrictions, except as noted.
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Image of student, Gangsim Eom, at a conference in South Korea in 2019

A Graduate Student Perspective: Gangsim Eom, G2, Anthropology, KI Graduate Summer Research Grant, Summer 2019

September 10, 2019

Thanks to generous support from the Korea Institute, I embarked on exploratory fieldwork this summer. This research not only laid preliminary foundations for my dissertation, but also rekindled the initial joy that led me to anthropology.

Digesting and critiquing social theories during my first year at Harvard reawakened my passion for research. As I had been nestled in South Korean social fabric, I had flattened complex social dynamics which blunted my analysis of the social fabric itself. Although I was trained to navigate intricate social and intellectual networks through...

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Graduate student, Peng Hai, in Korea in 2019

A Graduate Student Perspective: Peng Hai, G3, EALC, KI Graduate Summer Language Grant, Summer 2019

September 10, 2019

Going to Korea having read more than a few million printed words about the country was truly a journey bringing imagined foregone reality in constant clash with an excitingly energizing present. Such an experience on a personal level is perhaps comparable to a K-pop fan’s pilgrimage to Korea, “knowing” the country only too well through watching those hundreds of hours of K-drama and pop music videos. My first extended visit to Korea could have left me with much post-hyper-energy fatigue and disorientation due to the rich mental clashes between the imagined and the real. But thanks to the...

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Image of graduate student, Anna Jungeun Lee, on right in 2019

Congratulations to Graduate Student, Anna Jungeun Lee, for Winning the Best Paper Prize at the 2019 Worldwide Consortium of Korean Studies Centers Conference

August 21, 2019

At the recent 15th annual Worldwide Consortium of Korean Studies Centers Conference held in Freie Universitat, Berlin Germany from August 18-August 21, 2019, EALC-HEAL G6, graduate student, Anna Jungeun Lee, won the Best Paper Prize for her paper entitled, "Economic Convergence and Consumption during the Park Chung Hee Period (1961-1979)."  A very big Congratulations to Anna Jungeun Lee!

 

Image of red autum Japanese maple leaves; Photo credit Jonathan Tommy 2019

Welcome Back to the Fall Semester!

August 14, 2019

Weclome Back to the Fall Semester at Harvard!
Whether you spent the summer in Korea or are thinking about going to Korea next summer, we welcome you to drop by the Korea Institute to learn about our upcoming events and resources that the Korea Institute offers. We very much look forward to getting to know you or reconnecting with you after you've returned. We are located in CGIS South, 1730 Cambridge St. on the 2nd floor. The Korea Institute main office is located in room S228. Please also check out the...

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