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Translation workshop on Korean literature

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    11/09/2015 to 11/10/2015


LTI Korea organized a translation workshop and a special lecture on Korean literature at Arizona State University (ASU) from November 9–10. Seven students from the School of International Letters and Cultures attended the two-month-long workshop taught by Prof. Shin Jiwon and worked on translating Poet Kim Hye-soon’s A Cup of Red Mirror into English.

On November 9, literary critic Prof. Kim Jong-hoi and Editor Joyelle McSweeney from Action Books attended the workshop and reviewed and discussed the students’ translations. Prof. Kim Jong-hoi’s insightful interpretation on the theme and poetic narration of the poems helped the students to have a better understanding of the original work and to improve on their translations. Joyelle McSweeney also contributed significantly to the translation project by offering feedback to the students and volunteering to edit their manuscripts.

The next day, on Nov 10, Prof. Kim Jong-hoi delivered a lecture titled “North Korean Literature Today” at the request of ASU faculty and students. More than seventy students attended the lecture, eager to learn about the North Korean literary scene and its history. Prof. Kim asserted that culture, especially literature, can be a powerful tool to bring an end to the prolonged division of the Korean peninsula. Following the lecture, Dr. Kim Seong-Kon, President of LTI Korea, explained the dynamics of Western and Eastern powers surrounding North Korea to the students. His explanation appealed greatly to the students who wished for peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. The lecture was a great reminder for the students of humanities that culture can be a powerful medium of bringing about change in the world.


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