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2019 IM Prize for the Best Undergraduate Papers on Korean Christianity

The Dongsoon Im and Mija Im Program of Korean Christianity of the Center for Korean Studies is pleased to announce the annual prize for the best term papers or research papers on Korean Christianity. They should be written by undergraduate students of UCLA.

Topics and Perspectives: Any topic or issue on Christianity in Korea is welcome, using historical, cultural, sociological, religious, theological, postcolonial, or other scholarly perspectives.

Research materials: You can use primary and secondary sources, including images and oral recordings, as appropriate for your topic and the nature of your paper. For more sources, references, and recent articles and books, see

Format and length: 12 point, Times New Roman, double spaced, footnoted, 15-20 pages.

Method of the transcription of Korean words: Use the M-R system

DeadlineSubmit your paper (with a one-page resume) by e-mail to Prof. Sung-Deuk Oak, [], associate professor of Korean Christianity of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, by March 25, 2019.

A winning term paper/critical review essay will use sufficient relevant secondary sources to construct solid arguments. A winning original research paper will be a critical analysis that uses ample primary sources in Korean or other languages along with relevant secondary sources.

Announcement of the Prize WinnersApril 10, 2016. Two winners will be announced on the Center’s webpage and Prof. Oak’s webpage. Each will receive $300 from the Dongsoon Im and Mija Im Fund of the Center for Korean Studies.

If you have any questions about the paper requirements, please contact Prof. Oak. If you have any questions about submission procedures, please contact Ms. Jenny Yoo, Assistant Director of Center for Korean Studies (


2019 Dongsoon Im and Mija Im Conference of Korea Christianity

Call for Papers: UCLA 2019 Im Conference  

“Colonialism and Christianity in Korea”

The UCLA Center for Korean Studies is pleased to announce that the 2019 Im Conference of Korean Christianity will be held at 10383 Bunche Hall on April 26 – 27, 2019.

The conference aims to give scholars in all Korea-related and world-Christianity fields an opportunity to present their researches on Korean Christianity, especially on the topics related to (1) Christianity in North(ern) Korea (2) Colonialism and Christianity, 1910-1945, and (3) Christianity, Nation Building, and US-Korea Relations, 1945-1965.

The papers dealing with the following issues and related issues are to be considered by the selecting committee—(1) Critical issues of Christianity in northern Korea, 1890-1945; Christianity in North Korea, 1945-1988 or 1988-2018; North Korean refugees and Christianity, 1995-2018 (2) Protestantism and colonial modernity; The March First Movement; Roman Catholicism and colonial modernity; Christian nationalism and Pro-Japanese collaboration; colonialism and Christian education; and the colonial medical hegemony and Christian medical work. (3) Conflict between Christianity and Communism, 1945-1955; Christianity and the American Military Rule, 1945-1948; the Korean War and Christianity, 1950-1953; Christian Ideas of the Nation, 1945-1955; Christians and the Syngman Rhee Government, 1948-1960, or Global Connections of Korean Christianity, 1945-64.

The paper should be one that has not been published in an academic journal or a book yet. The conference is open to doctoral students, postdocs, and junior professors. It is also open to all applicants in the world, but preference will be given to those who are in the US.

Applicants should submit a short CV and proposal/abstract (within 400 words) by December 31, 2018, and the full paper (7,000-10,000 words) by February 15, 2019, to professor Sung-Deuk Oak. The result of the application will be notified by February 22.

Airfare (round trip), accommodations (a single room, 2 nights), and local transportation fees (shuttles from home to airport and LAX to UCLA) will be funded to all accepted participants.

All presenters will have a 40-minute talk and 15 minute-discussion session at the conference.

For further information, see the program webpage ( and contact Dr. Hyung-Wook Kim, assistant director of the UCLA Center for Korean Studies (

Sung-Deuk Oak

Dongsoon Im and Mija Im Chair

Associate Professor of Korean Christianity

234A Royce Hall


Los Angeles, CA 90095-1540

2019 UCLA Im Doctoral Student Fellowship
The UCLA Center for Korean Studies is pleased to offer the Dongsoon Im and Mija Im Doctoral Student Fellowship to support doctoral students’ study and research in Korean Christianity.

Candidates must follow the regular application process of the UCLA Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. Admission is very competitive, for the Department is one of the largest such departments in the United States and focuses on the linguistic, literary, historical, and religious traditions of the entire Asian macro-region,  and the Korean program is one of the most prestigious such programs in the world. See the department webpage for the application information:

Doctoral students who major in Korean Christianity need to study Korean Christianity and East Asian religions and a minor field: modern Korean history, or Korean literature and film studies, or Korean folklore and popular culture. In addition, they need to study the Korean and classical Chinese or Japanese language.

Fellowship for the first three years: Annually guaranteed up to $25,000, which includes the tuition and fees plus stipend. Admitted doctoral students of the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures receive various fellowships, grants, and stipends including the language study grants and stipends, and have ample opportunities for TA. The recipient of the Im Fellowship can also apply for these and all other grants and programs. The Im Doctoral Fellowship can be renewed by an evaluation after the first three years.

Deadline of the Application: December 15, 2018.

All applicants are required to submit a UCLA on-line application by the deadline, upload all supplemental materials to as well as mail your official transcripts and GRE scores to the department by December 15. See

For more information on application, feel free to contact Ms. Shan Shan Chi-Au, Student Affairs Officer for Graduate Studies:

For questions regarding the program, please contact Dr. Sung-Deuk Oak, Im Chair Associate Professor of Korean Christianity:

2017 Im Prize Winners 
The winners of 2017 Im Prize for the Best UCLA Undergraduate Papers on Korean Christianity are Kirk Kim Jr. (History) and Adian Yun (Art History). The ceremony will be held at 11372 Bunche Hall, 11:30 am, Thursday April 20, 2017. Mr. and Mrs. Im will present the award. See
   Kirk Kim Jr. “To Tell, or Not to Tell (the Truth), That is the Question: Richard E. Kim’s The Martyred.”
   Aidan Yun, “To Reconstuct and Recover: The Formation of Collective Memory and Identity in the Trauma Narratives of The Martyred and The Guest.”
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Book Award: Books and Culture, a book review magazine, published by Christianity Today, announced on December 20, 2003 that Dr. Oak’s book, The Making of Korean Christianity, is awarded “the book of the year.”

The Making of Korean Christianity: Protestant Encounters with Korean Religions, 1876-1915. Sung-Deuk Oak. “Historiography of early encounters between Protestantism and Korean religious culture should be rewritten from the perspective of cultural exchanges beyond cultural imperialism.” Oak has given us a model for doing just that, not only for the Korean case in particular—his immediate subject—and not only for the phenomenal growth of Christianity in Asia more generally and in Africa over the last 150 years but also for church history over 2000 years, where we find—again and again, in wildly different circumstances—the “creative combination of the principle of Christian universality (vertical transcendence) and that of inculturation (horizontal adaptation).”

Interview with Dr. Oak. Newsletter of the Center for Global Christianity and Missions, Boston University School of Theology (Winter 2012)

Prof. David Yoo Appointed to Director of UCLA Asian American Studies Center, 2010

Oak to Spearhead English-Language Studies of Korean Christianity

Korean Press Lauds UCLA Donors

a1-21 Gift from ‘Average’ LA County Employees Advances Korean Studies


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