Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UHM) is the premier program in the United States, with the largest concentration of scholars and resources outside of Korea itself. The Center for Korean Studies (CKS) was established in 1972. It provides administrative support for Korea-related programs within the instructional system of the University and a focus for the activities of the students and faculty members at the University with teaching and research interests related to Korea. The Center does not confer degrees.
Students pursue Korean studies through degree programs administered by the University of Hawaii, which offers a B.A. and a M.A. degree in Asian Studies, and a Graduate Certificate of Asian Studies. Other Korea-focused programs, including doctoral degrees, are offered as well. As of 2001, UHM offers a total of 112 courses with content related to Korea, with 47 courses focused on Korea itself - by far the most offered at any Western university. Courses are offered in fields such as art, Asian studies, dance, economics, history, language, linguistics, literature, music, political science, and sociology.
Resources on Korea in the humanities and social sciences, regardless of language, place of publication, and format, are collected by the Korea Specialist Librarian. Materials on Korea in Russian language are collected with the cooperation between the Korea Specialist Librarian and the Russian Bibliographer.
Publications from the United States government, the United Nations and its affiliates, and the World Bank; maps; audio-visual materials; and the science and technology materials on Korea are collected by the librarians of these respective departments, sometimes in coordination with the Korea Specialist librarian. These materials are housed in their respective departments. Selective collection of government documents and science and technology materials may be developed by the Korea Specialist Librarian and housed in the Asia Collection.
Resources on Koreans in Hawaii are collected by the Hawaiian Collection librarians, sometimes in coordination with the Korea Specialist Librarian. Materials on Koreans in the United States are selected by the librarians in the Business, Humanities, and Social Sciences Department and the Korea Specialist Librarian. Materials about Koreans in all other countries are collected by the Korea Specialist Librarian.
The Center for Korean Studies (CKS) transfers materials received as gifts to the Korea Collection of Hamilton Library, when such gift items are not already held by the Collection. The Center maintains its own library collection, which houses duplicate materials from the Korea Collection. The Center also houses microfilms of retrospective runs of Korean newspapers and American dissertations on Korea and audio-visual materials, which were mostly collected in the 1970's and the 1980's.
CKS also holds some special collections. Among these is the Tongjihoe Collection which contains records and materials generated by the organization to support the provisional government of Korea after the return of Syngman Rhee to Hawaii in 1921. This archival collection covers the years from 1925 to 1970.
Since the academic year 1994-1995, the Korea Collection has been participating in a cooperative collection development program as a member of the Korean Collections Consortium of North America, which is supported by the Korea Foundation. The second five year agreement with the Korea Foundation covers the years of 2000-2005. As of 2001, the Consortium had nine members: University of Hawaii at Manoa; Columbia University; Harvard University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California, Los Angeles; University of Chicago; University of Southern California; University of Toronto; and University of Washington, Seattle. Under this agreement UHM is responsible for collecting materials on architecture and urban planning, traditional music, modern social conditions, foreign language materials (other than Chinese, Japanese, and English). The Collection is also responsible for collecting regional resources on Cheju-do.
The Korea Collection receives a large number of academic and research materials on Korea via the Library's Gift & Exchange agreements with research institutions and libraries in Korea: the Korea Foundation, the National Institute of Korean History, the Academy of Korean Studies, the Seoul National University, the National Assembly Library, and the National Library of Korea. Materials from research institutions are often not-for-sale, so it is very important to keep up good working relationships with these organizations through mutual G&E programs and through interpersonal contacts which can be developed during acquisition trips to Korea. It is also a valuable supplement to our limited acquisition budget.
Date Compiled: 11/01 Compiler: Kyungmi Chun