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The Symposium is live streamed in KCSB Facebook.
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Monthly Thursday Evenings on Korean Cultural Heritage:

Thursday, September 9, 7:30 PM

Han-sik (Korean Food): Tasting Korea – Kimchi Diplomacy; Dr. Sangyoub Park

How can we celebrate our heritage? How can we share our heritage with others? The answer can be food because food is not simply something to fill our stomach. Rather, food is tradition and knowledge passed from one generation to the next. In other words, food is a connection to the past and a bridge to the future. Recently, hansik, Korean cuisine - as known as K-Food now - is very popular in the U.S. thanks to a combination of the government of S. Korea’s culinary diplomacy and the global success of K-Pop, especially BTS’ global phenomenon. This growing popularity of K-Food is a great opportunity to celebrate Korean heritage by sharing K-Food. In this talk, I will explore why and how to use K-Food (e,g, bibimbap, japchae, various banchan) to raise cultural awareness. In particular, I will share how the recent project, Tasting Korea, celebrated Korean heritage at the local farmers market.


Sangyoub Park is Associate Professor of Sociology at Washburn University. HIs research focuses on demographic trends in the U.S. and East Asia. His current research examines a growing popularity of tattooing in Korea. He teaches courses on social class, the family, aging/adulting, East Asia, and food.



Thursday, October 7, 7:30 PM

Han-ok (Korean Architecture): Dr. Yongchan Kwon

Han (한, 韓) is a matter of architectural style while Ok (옥, 屋) is program of architecture. With this matrix, meaning of the word Hanok used in Korea expands far beyond than simply being traditional wooden Korean buildings. In this talk, we will focus on Hanok as traditional building and habitat. As a representative example, Hahoe Folk Village was registered in UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 2010 along with Yangdong village. Located in Andong, the village is a valuable part of Korean culture because it preserves Joseon period style architecture, folk traditions, valuable books, and tradition of clan-based villages. The village is organized around the geomantic guidelines of pungsu (Korean feng shui) and the village has the shape of a lotus flower. We will take a glimpse of the overall value of Hanok as a well-built environment for humans.


Dr. Kwon obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Architecture and Architectural Engineering from Seoul National University, and M.S. degree in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University. His book, co-authored with Prof. Bong-Hee Jeon of SNU, Hanok and the History of the Korean House (2012, Dongnyuk) was awarded Excellent Scholarly Book of Year 2013 by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Republic of Korea. He worked as researcher at Seoul National University, lecturer at Ajou University, and visiting fellow at Harvard University. He is working as Architectural Designer at Elkus Manfredi Architects.



Thursday, November 4, 7:30 PM

Han-bok (Korean Dresses): Dress of Korean Identity: Dr. Minjee Kim


Hanbok is known to the world as traditional Korean dress. It is also national dress of both South and North Korea, and appears as ethnic dress of Korean diaspora communities. Obviously, the role and nature of ethnic or national dress is to manifest collective identity. By visualizing shared cultural heritage through appearance, it unites members within the society and differentiates from others. However, as all textiles and clothing have developed with global interconnectedness throughout human history, the fashioning of hanbok over time has embodied cross-cultural hybridity in style, color, material, and embellishment in response to the changes in technology and aesthetic sensibility in the given sartorial milieu. Upon this understanding, this talk will shed light on the inception of the term “hanbok” and the composition of the ensembles for men and women, and its constant transformation in the context of modern Korean fashion history. Then it will overview contemporary hanbok ensembles for new-born babies, children, young and middle age adults, as well as weddings, burials, and funerals. This talk will not only enhance general understanding of what hanbok is, but also provoke further thinking on the historical relationship between local and global fashion, modernity and tradition, and meanings of dress for all of us.


Minjee Kim is a historian and lecturer specializing in Korean dress and textiles, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Born and raised in South Korea, she received her PhD from Seoul National University, worked as a faculty member of Jeonju Kijeon College and also taught at Seoul National University and Academy of Art University in San Francisco. She has lectured at museums and institutions in California and the East Coasts, which include J. Paul Getty Museum, Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, de Young Museum, University of California in Los Angeles, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Korea Society in New York. She is a co-editor of Korean Dress History: Critical Perspectives on Primary Sources (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). More of her academic activities can be found at