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John K. Fairbank Prize Winner


Congratulations to Charles Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies in the Social Sciences, on his receipt of theAmerican Historical Association's John K. Fairbank Prize for 2014 for his book, Tyranny of the Weak: North Korea and the World, 1950 - 1992. Established by a gift to the Association from the friends of the prominent historian of China and East Asia at Harvard and President of the Association in 1968, the John K. Fairbank Prize is awarded for the best work on the history of China proper, Vietnam, Chinese Central Asia, Mongolia, Manchuria, Korea, or Japan since the year 1800.


2014 James B. Palais Award Winner


The 2014 James B. Palais Book Prize goes to Professor Theodore Hughes, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities and Director of The Center for Korean Research for Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom's Frontier. Professor Hughes's book, published by Columbia University Press, explores the ways in which Korean writers and filmmakers represented colonialism and modernity during Japanese colonial rule from 1910 to 1945 and, subsequently, the ways in which the colonial experience informed the work of Korean artists in the Cold War period. The James B. Palais Book Prize has been awarded annually since 2010 to acknowledge an outstanding English language book published about Korea.

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.


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.