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April 23, 2014
"Madness is Civilization: The Suicidal Person in Colonial Korea"


April 24, 2014

"Koreans of the Former Soviet Union"


April 25, 2014

"Culture and Everyday Life in North Korea"


April 29, 2014
Understanding How North Koreans Think: The "War to Liberate the Fatherland"









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Welcome to the Center for Korean Research

Since its establishment in 1988 within the East Asian Institute (now the Weatherhead East Asian Institute), the Center for Korean Research has played a leading role in the study of Korea within Columbia University, the New York City area, and beyond. At Columbia, the CKR has helped to make Korea an increasingly important focus of attention within East Asian studies programs, as well as within the disciplinary departments and professional schools. By sponsoring public lectures, conferences, workshops, and cultural events such as movies and concerts on Korea-related topics, the CKR works to advance academic knowledge and a greater public awareness of Korea in the New York City area and, more broadly, North America. CKR also serves as a bridge between Korean Studies in North America and the most recent work of the Korean academic world through its sponsorship of visiting scholars and active partnerships with universities and institutions in South Korea.


News and Event Highlights


We thank and congratulate the Columbia University Alumni Association of Korea for successfully completing

the endowment drive!


CKR annual newsletter is now available.


Congratulations to Professor Theodore Hughes on receiving the 2014 James B. Palais Book Prize for Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom's Frontier.


Professor Theodore Hughes's new co-edited volume Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013) has been published. Click here for more information.

A Korean War Captive in Japan, 1597-1600: The Writings of Kang Hang, edited and translated by JaHyun Kim Haboush and Kenneth Robinson, was recently published (Columbia University Press, 2013). JaHyun Kim Haboush (1941-2011) was King Sejong Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University.

Chang-Jin Lee discusses her video "Comfort Women Wanted" on September 25th. Click on the word "summary" below to read more.


On September 25, the Center for Korean Research hosted a video screening and panel discussion with visual artist Chang-Jin Lee. During World War II, 200,000 young women, referred to as “comfort women,” were systematically exploited as sex slaves in Asia. “Comfort Women Wanted” is based on the artist’s interviews with Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Dutch, and Filipino “comfort women” survivors and a former Japanese soldier. Chang-Jin Lee shared that she hopes to present “comfort women” not as a solely Korean or Asian issue, but as an international human rights issue. 


Following the video screening, a panel discussion opened up a conversation around wartime sexual violence against women. Professor Margaret Stetz, Professor of Women’s Studies and Humanities at University of Delaware, began by stressing the importance of education at an early age in order to raise awareness about the issue. Professor Elazar Barkan, Director of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University, highlighted the importance of “comfort women” survivors speaking out about their experiences. Pablo Castillo-Diaz, UN Peace and Security Protection Analyst, ended the discussion by emphasizing UN peacekeeping role, development of transitional justice, and reparations to survivors.

Professor Jungwon Kim's new book Wrongful Deaths Selected Inquest Records from Nineteenth-Century Korea, compiled and translated by Sun Joo Kim and Jungwon Kim, is published. Click here for more information.

2014 James B. Palais Award Winner


Professor Theodore Hughes's new book Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom's Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2012) has been released in Korean translation from Somyong Press. Click here for more information.

Professor Charles Armstrong's new book Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950 - 1992 (Cornell) is published. A series of book talks is being scheduled this year. To listen to his first talk at the Korea Society, click here.



In the Media

To listen to Professor Charles Armstrong on North Korea's nuclear capabilities on NPR's Talk of the Nation, click here.
To listen to Professor Charles Armstrong's discussion about the ROK Presidential election with Ambassador Thomas Hubbard and Scott Snyder of the Council on Foreign Relations, click here.