3rd Philippine Korean Studies Symposium

Written by CSSP Web Admin

More than 100 delegates around the Philippines and abroad attended the 3rd Philippine Korean Studies Symposium (3PKSS) held on 12-13 December 2014 at the GT-Toyota Asian Center, UP Diliman.

Organized by the Department of Linguistics of the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, and the Korea Foundation, the symposium carried the theme, “Forging directions for Korean Studies in the Philippines”.

In her welcome address, UP Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Padilla-Concepcion commended the occasion and said that the event had been in line with the UP System’s approach, that is, “to act with pride with what the University holds, while showing humility in acknowledging what it doesn’t know yet, by accommodating inputs from the other universities and institutions within the country and abroad.” 

UP Diliman Asian Center Dean Eduardo T. Gonzalez delivered the opening remarks. He addressed the participants and organizers of the conference by saying that it was high time cross-disciplinary research between UP scholars and outside scholars was harboured in the University, and that Korean Studies in the Philippines, though started relatively slow, had already gained momentum with the recently concluded Korean Studies Association (KoSASA) symposium, and the then held 3PKSS. 

Hon. Choongsuk Oh, Director of the Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines expressed his congratulations to the event. He said that the introduction of Hallyu to the Philippines sparked the interest of many Filipinos regarding Korea; however, it was the scholars and educators of Korean Studies who cultivated the curiosity. He lauded the event by saying that 3PKSS was a perfect time to share the knowledge and expertise of Korean Studies scholars both in the Philippines and abroad. 

Asian Music students of the UP Diliman College of Music graced the event with a Korean traditional percussion and song performance. 

Delivered by renowned scholars from Korea, Vietnam, and the US, the plenary presentations include: “The role of Linguistics in teaching Korean as a foreign language,” by Dr. Ho-Min Sohn of the University of Hawai’i at Manoa; “War and Peace in the Yellow Sea,” by Dr. John Delury of Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies; “Reviewing the implication of new Test of Proficiency in Korean (TOPIK) from the viewpoint of the Korean language education policy,” by Dr. Hangrok Cho of Sangmyung University; and “Study on practice of translation of Korean literature and development of Korean Studies in Vietnam,” by Dr. Le Dang Hoan of the University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Hanoi. Paper presentations within the parallel and panel sessions were rendered by scholars of Korean Studies around the country and abroad, each with respective reactors, who were equally competent academics.


From left to right: Korean Cultural Center in the Philippines Director Choongsuk Oh; UP Diliman Department of Linguistics Chairperson and 3PKSS Convenor Aldrin P. Lee; and UP System Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Padilla-Concepcion.

A portion of the audience who participated in the 3PKSS.

UP System Vice President for Academic Affairs Gisela Padilla-Concepcion welcoming the participants and guests of 3PKSS

UP Diliman Asian Center Dean Eduardo T. Gonzalez delivering the opening remarks

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