Collaboration with Latin America

Korean Studies in the Americas

A five year project to support for Korean studies in Latin America and strengthen the Korean studies program at UCLA, 2006-2011

UCLA's Center for Korean Studies has received a five-year grant from the Academy of Korean Studies, an educational and research institute of the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology of the Republic of Korea.

This project has two major goals. One is to provide critical support for the development of Korean Studies in Latin America. Another is to strengthen the Korean Studies program at UCLA.

Rethinking Confucianism

Rethinking Confucianism

Professor John Duncan, director of the UCLA Center for Korean Studies, gave a lecture at El Colegio de Mexico on October 20, 2008, as part of the "Korean Studies in the Americas" project.
Watch a video of his presentation.

Objectives for the first goal include expanding and strengthening contacts between scholars at UCLA and scholars in Latin America with research and/or teaching interests in Korea, fostering active exchange between Korean Studies programs in Latin America and those throughout the rest of the world, enabling scholars in Latin America to broaden their research interests in Korea, and bringing Latin American social scientists to UCLA to teach courses in areas not covered by UCLA faculty.

Objectives for the second goal include further integrating Korean Studies into the broader academic world at UCLA, particularly though collaboration with UCLA's Center for Latin America, and providing financial support for graduate students in Korean Studies at UCLA.

During the past two years, we have brought a visiting professor from Argentina to UCLA to teach a social science course that is not offered at UCLA; invited fifteen undergraduate and graduate students from Latin America to take courses in Korean humanities that are not offered in Latin America; initiated a two-year a joint research project on the migration of Koreas among the various countries of South and North America; given lecture tours in Latin America in Korean history, culture, thought and religion; and have provided small research grant to twelve faculty and students in Latin America.

Planned activities for the remaining two years include continuing to invite students and scholars from Latin America to UCLA; conducting a second joint research project; continuing the small grant research program; and offering intensive courses on the Korean humanities in Latin America,

Joint Research Projects

Scholars in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and the U.S. work together for this two year research project.

Small Research Grants

This grant provides participants with an opportunity to conduct research on Korea, in all different areas.

We selected 4 faculty members and 8 students (both undergraduate and graduate) at universities in Latin America and Mexico for the 2007-2008 academic year and will select 2 faculty members and 4 students during 2009-2010 academic year.

Call for Proposals

2010-2011 Call for proposals

2009-2010 Call for proposals

Small Research Grant Reports

2010-2011 Small Research Grant Papers

2009-2010 Small Research Grant Papers

2008 Small Research Grant Papers

Visiting Professors

Prof. Jorge Di Masi from La Plata National University in Argentina taught a course through the Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures during winter 2008. The course was titled Power Relations and Regional Integration in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.

Prof. Martin Alonso Perez Le-Fort from University of Chile will be teaching a course through the Dept of Political Science during winter 2010. The course is titled The International Relations of the Korean Peninsula: USA, China, Russia, and the Korean Unification.


Visiting Students

UCLA provides housing, airfare, living expenses, and class fees for students in Latin America to take course on Korean humanities at UCLA that are not offered in their countries.


Lecture Tours

2007-2008, South America tour

Professors Robert Buswell and John Duncan did the first tour to South America from May 19 through May 30, 2008. Lecture topics were selected in consultation with faculty in South America. Buswell and Duncan gave a total of 19 lectures at 9 universities

2008-2009, Mexico tour

This lecture tour included lectures on such topics as Confucianism and economic development, rethinking Confucianism in East Asia, the tributary system and Korean-Chinese relations, and Korea and its neighbors. Lectures were given at several universities, including the Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM), the Colegio de Mexico, the University of Guadalajara, the University of Colima, and the Monterey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (Monterey Tech).