Students want to know what is going on in the world around them. They are curious. They read the news about Korea and wonder how the issues that they read about affect Koreans and non-Koreans alike. A greater awareness and understanding about these complex issues prepares them to think critically and be better informed global citizens, an asset no matter what career they ultimately pursue.
Established in 1995, the USC Korean Studies Institute serves as an epicenter, at USC and nationally, for Korean education and research. The Institute's focus on research and teaching about contemporary political, economic and social issues that affect Korea sets it apart from other university programs. The focus also speaks to the maturing interest in Korean studies as the field grows beyond its initial roots in language instruction and cultural studies.
Your gift provides flexibility for the Institute to take advantage of opportunities to host eminent scholars, hold lectures and conferences, support student research and travel, and much more.
With your gift, you are furthering the Institute's impact on present and future generations of students and scholars, and to the surrounding communities.
We are very grateful for the support of our past and current donors and are proud to feature them in the stories below.
The Strategic Initiative for Korean Studies has funded two annual postdoctoral fellowships that focus on contemporary issues and an administrative position.
Dedicating the Dosan Ahn Chang Ho Family House as the new home for the USC Korean Studies Institute.
The Korea Foundation has made possible a groundbreaking new initiative on Korean unification to focus on the yet-unstudied longer-term economic, political and human security issues.
In addition to exchanges of staff and elected officials, a new office in the heart of Koreatown will open in March to improve outreach between USC, South Korea and the local community.
Additional coverage by the Daily Trojan.