Professor Continues to Advocate for Korean Studies Program

From Korea Times: “Professor Kim Yung-hee was an academic warrior who helped the Korean arts and literature department of Ohio State University in Columbus survive academic restructuring in the early 1990s…Nearly two decades later, Kim, currently director of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, is wrestling with a fresh challenge…The class size of Korean studies there is shrinking…Students’ lack of interest in Korean studies came as a bit of a surprise, considering the number of undergraduate students taking Korean language courses at the University of Hawaii has continued to increase. Approximately, 300 to 400 students attend the course every semester.” I remember the first time I heard there was an Asian American Studies major available in some schools, and my first thought was, “What are people going to do with that degree?” Of course, the same was often asked of me as an English and Religion major.

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About Mihee

Mihee lives in the Mid-West with her husband, toddler-aged twins (yes, terrible twos is actually a thing), and baby #3. Though her reserve of brain cells is seriously depleted she is still passionate about Asian American culture, religion and social justice for marginalized people, stories about Korea, sports, and power naps. During the day, she spends a lot of time trying to remember which baby needs to eat or get a diaper change, mentoring and ministering to college students, occasionally taking a walk, writing, watching Sportscenter, or grabbing coffee. You can read her blog here.
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