The second Korean Foundation Award 2009 is being presented to John B. Duncan, Professor of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA, for his noteworthy contributions to the advancement of Korean Studies in the United States. In addition, Kim Jun-yop, President of the Institute of Social Sciences in Korea, and former President of Korea University, has been named the recipient of a Honorary Award
A globally recognized authority of Korean history, Professor John Duncan has instructed Korea-related courses at UCLA for more than two decades, along with contributing to the development of Korean Studies at UCLA. He has also personally contributed to a notable enhancement of Korean Studies in the U.S. academic sector, as a number of his former students are now professors at prestigious American universities.
President Kim Jun-yop has made diligent efforts to lay a groundwork for the development of Korean Studies in China by extending support for the establishment of Korean Studies centers at 11 prominent Chinese universities, including Peking University, Fudan University, Nanjing University, and Zhejiang University. Moreover, he has also spearheaded projects to restore the buildings of Korea’s provisional government, in Hangzhou, Chonqing and Shanghai, and to preserve historical sites of Goguryeo in China. The recipient of this year’s Korea Foundation Award had been selected from among nominees recommended by some 67 specialists in Korean Studies, at home and abroad, as well as Korea’s diplomatic missions and foreign diplomatic missions in Korea. The selection committee met several times over a two-month period before deciding on this year’s recipient. An awards ceremony will be held on December 16, 2009 at the Kumho Art Hall in Seoul. Instituted in 2008, the Korea Foundation Award is intended to recognize the individuals who have contributed to the promotion of a proper understanding of Korea and its culture among the international community, and to the efforts to boost international exchange activities. The inaugural Korea Foundation Award was presented to Martina Deuchler, Professor Emerita of the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.