Professor McKelway is the Takeo and Itsuko Atsumi Professor of Japanese Art History at Columbia University and specializes in the history of Japanese painting.
Why Study Korean?
The vibrant popular culture and the remarkable economic success of modern Korea have attracted the interest and attention of the world. In fact, Korea has been playing a vital role in East Asian history for many millennia, as measured both by the richness of its own indigenous traditions and institutions and by its cultural interactions with China and Japan. Thus, an understanding of Korean history and culture is not only important in and of itself; it is also central to fully understanding the larger world of East Asia.