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Spring 2015

 

Colloquium Series on Korean Cultural Studies

"Crosscurrents in the Transnational Buddhisms of East Asia: As Seen Through the Life of

Oak Kwangbin (1891-1933)"

Hwansoo Kim, Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

918 International Affairs Building

No registration required.

Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

 

The life and dramatic death of the early 20th century figure Oak Kwanbin (1891-1933) exposes the impact of converging and competing visions of a pan-East Asian Buddhism among Chinese, Korean, and Japanese Buddhist leaders and nationalists. Ethnically Chinese, the prominent Korean lay Buddhist and wealthy entrepreneur Oak collaborated with the Chinese Buddhist reformer Taixu (1890–1947) to promote a Chinese-based transnational Buddhist movement (pulhwa undong) in East Asia. Through Taixu, Oak also worked with Japanese Buddhists on a major pan-Buddhist conference and with Korean Buddhists to rebuild an eleventh-century Korean temple, Koryŏsa, located in Hangzhou. This talk examines how Oak’s life and work reveals the national and transnational religious and political forces at play in this disruptive, dynamic period of East Asian history.

 

 

"Beyond Death: The Politics of Suicide and Martyrdom in Korean History"

Moderator - Jungwon Kim, Columbia University; Hwasook Nam, University of Washington; Serk-bae Sur University of California, Irvine; Charles Kim University of Wisconsin

Friday, April 3, 2015

Time: TBA

918 International Affairs Building

No registration required.

Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Weatherhead East Asian Institute