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.

The Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University St. Louis offers an Undergraduate Minor in Korean Language and Culture.  See Courses.

October 9, 2015 - 4:00pm

The Japanese Empire in Post-Colonial and Post-Cold War East Asia: Through the Discovery of the Two Tombs of a Korean Massacre Victim Ninety Two Years Later

Jinhee Lee, Associate Professor of History, Eastern Illinois University
Busch 18

By reading through the meaning of the recently discovered two coexisting tombs of a Korean victim of the 1923 colonial massacre in Japan and Korea, Professor Lee will trace the ways in which the meanings of the Japanese empire and its colonial leg