Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation Lecture And Scholarship Award [Campus Event]

Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation Lecture And Scholarship Award
by John Grisafi

Drexel University’s Korean International Student Association (KISA) on Saturday hosted the inaugural Jaisohn Lecture and Seminar celebrating the life and 150th birthday year of Philip Jaisohn, held by the Philip Jaisohn Memorial Foundation.

The foundation’s mission is “to promote and fulfill Dr. Philip Jaisohn’s ideals of humanity through medical, social, educational, and cultural services for the enhancement of the quality of life in our communities and particularly those of Korean Americans.”

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Tuesday, September 3, 2013


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Monday, April 29, 2013

Volume 3

Volume 3 Spring 2013 is published. Congratulations to our authors. Good luck to everyone finishing up the school year!

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Sunday, April 28, 2013

The Literary Value of Sin Ch'ae-ho's Dream Sky: A Marginal Alteration of Dante's Comedy

This talk was a bit different - it was about the translating of an Italian classic, Dante Alighieri's Divina Commedia, into Korean. Professor Sangjin Park gave an enlightening overview of the history of Alighieri's work in East Asia. He showed how the Divina Commedia was first translated into Japanese, and subsequently came to Korea in Japanese since Korea was a colony. Yet it was not really received in Korea until later when another author, Sin Ch'ae-ho (also Romanized as Shin Chae-ho) wrote Dream Sky. Sin is known not only by most South Koreans, but also North Koreans as well as being one of the most important contemporary historians for Korea. Born in 1880, his books are still read in schools today.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

China's OFDI in US Renewable Energy and Clean Technology

Last Tuesday, I had the opportunity to share dinner with and ask questions of several incredibly distinguished panelists specializing in renewable energy and clean technology, particularly investment by China recently in the green industry. There was an overwhelming sense that despite what some experts say about the unreliability of green energy, it is the place to invest in the coming decades.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

"Prewar Revolutionary Writer Kobayashi Takiji and the Fukushima Catastrophe"

Professor Field’s interest lies in the proletarian literature movement of the 1920s and 30s in Japan, and her talk centered on an amalgamation of Marxism, environmentalism, literature, class distinctions, and the repercussions of nuclear disaster. In particular, her lecture hinged on a dichotomy between life and livelihood; those without resources must choose between their personal health and safety and the ability to put food on the table. This is especially relevant in Japan, as the Fukushima catastrophe intensified the gravity of this choice. Through a mixture of anecdotes, statistics and summaries of stories from Kobayashi’s oeuvre, Prof. Field sought to demonstrate that the nuclear disaster has put even more pressure on the lower class people who are already struggling, further exemplifying the idea that the people who most need a movement are in a position of being least able to participate in it. This results in both an inability to escape one’s predicament as well as resentment towards those who do have the luxury to protest the goings-on (specifically, the Tokyo-ites who travel to the Tomari nuclear plant in Hokkaido to hold rallies). Adding to these concerns are of course the health problems following from radiation from the nuclear plants.

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