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Korean Studies: Korean Studies at Penn

This guide is intended to help patrons find resources to support their study and research in Korean studies and the Korean language. It includes tips on searching; links to databases, e-journals, and e-books; and information on the Korean collection.

Korean Studies Program and Major

The James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies promotes interdisciplinary research and teaching across the University community on issues related to Korea.  Endowed by a generous gift from Mr. James Joo-Jin Kim in 2011, the Program (originally established in 1997 as Center for Korean Studies) advises the university on Korea-related initiatives, sponsors conferences and lectures by invited speakers, awards grants to faculty members and students, hosts visiting scholars and postdoctoral fellows, and undertakes community outreach effort toward a better understanding of Korea.

Korean Collection at the Penn Libraries

The Korean collection at the Penn Libraries is focused on supporting current student and faculty research, as well as Korean language learning at advanced levels. In particular, current research and teaching at Penn include contemporary media and literature, pop culture and hallyu, historical genealogy, sociology, Chosǒn history, colonial Korea, Koreans in the Japanese colonies, and North Korea. The bibliographer also aims to create a strong foundation for research and study of a variety of topics in Korean studies, including history, literature, and the arts in premodern and modern periods.

Current strengths of the collection include:

  • Genealogy primary sources throughout Korean history
  • History and culture in the colonial period
  • Chosǒn history and culture
  • Korean art (especially primary sources such as catalogs and art books)
  • Rare North Korean periodicals
  • Contemporary Korean fiction and other literature
  • Primary sources on the Dokdo/Takeshima controversy

Korean Language Program

The Korean Language Program at the University of Pennsylvania offers a complete curriculum in Korean language with 18 classes, covering five full years of Korean language courses.