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× Over the past few years there has been a sharp escalation in hate speech, hate crimes, and other forms of harassment against members of the Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander community in the United States. These examples of hate speech, violence and discrimination come in many forms, from political leaders using racist language in referring to coronavirus and violence against Asian women to the brutal and senseless attacks against Asians and members of the Asian American community in the Los Angeles, the Bay Area, New York, Atlanta, and elsewhere. These words and actions impact not only members of the Asian American community, but also have a profound impact on foreign nationals who are in the United States for work, study, and travel; they also contribute to a larger culture of hate, prejudice, and intolerance. We also strongly object to those members of the media and law enforcement who have failed to address the Atlanta murders and other attacks on the Asian community for what they are – hate crimes. Words matter. When politicians, law enforcement officials and the media fail to acknowledge these basic truths it exacerbates the original crimes and leaves victims and their families subject to a double victimization.

We the faculty members of the Department of Asian Languages & Cultures, the Center for Chinese Studies, the Center for Korean Studies, the Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, and the Asia Pacific Center categorically condemn these acts of violence and incidents of hate speech. They have no place in our university and no place in our broader society. The student body of the University of California, Los Angeles is composed of 29% Asian Americans, not to mention the robust number of international students from Asia; Asians are not a “minority” on campus, they are the single largest ethnic group at UCLA. We are committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and supportive space for all members of the UCLA Asian community, whether they be students, faculty, staff, and any other individual who steps onto the campus; we demand they be treated with respect, dignity, and be free from the threat of any and all hate speech and violence. We also stand in solidarity alongside members of the Black and African American community, the Hispanic and Latinx community, LGBTQ+ community, the Indigenous community, the Muslim community, Jewish community, and all others who have been targeted by hatred, slurs, violence and other forms of discrimination.

Beyond our condemnation of the hate speech and violence being perpetrated, we also commit to engage directly with these issues in our teaching, campus events, and public outreach. We are invested in making society a more just and equitable place; free from fear and prejudice. We realize that these changes start from within, and we begin this work as individuals, departments, centers, and programs, step by step, committed to ending the wave of hate against the Asian community and taking constructive steps towards a more just society. Change starts now. #stopasianhate

Journal of Korean Studies

Journal of Korean StudiesIn 1994, the Center for Korean Studies assumed responsibility for publication of the preeminent academic journal in the field, the Journal of Korean Studies, in association with the Committee for Korean Studies. Now under the editorial direction of historian John Duncan, this annual journal is dedicated to in-depth, comprehensive articles on a broad range of Korean topics.

The Journal of Korean Studies is published once a year by the Society for Korean Studies. The editorial office is at the Center for Korean Studies, University of California, Los Angeles.

The journal is copyrighted by the Society for Korean Studies. The editors assume no responsibility for statements of fact or opinion made by contributors.

The Center for Korean Studies would like to acknowledge and thank the Center for Pacific Rim Studies for the original design of the Journal of Korean Studies.

Current Issue

Editorial Board


John Duncan
Center for Korean Studies/East Asian Languages and Cultures
University of California, Los Angeles
290 Royce Hall
Los Angeles, California 90095-1540
Tel: (310) 794-8931
Fax: (310) 825-8808

Review Editor

Vipan Chandra
Wheaton College
Norton, Massachusetts 02766
Tel: (508) 285-7722

Subscriptions and General Information

John Duncan
Center for Korean Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
11373 Bunche Hall
Box 951487
Los Angeles, California

Editorial Advisory Board

Frank Baldwin Gari Ledyard
Vincent Brandt Chae-jin Lee
Yun-sik Chang Chong-Sik Lee
Bruce Cumings Peter Lee
Carter Eckert Fred Lukoff
Stevan Harrell David McCann
Byung Chul Koh James B. Palais
Laurel Kendall Michael Rogers
Paul Kuznets Edward Wagner


John Duncan
Center for Korean Studies
University of California, Los Angeles
11373 Bunche Hall
Box 951487
Los Angeles, California 90095-1487

Subscriptions and back issues may be obtained by contacting the editorial office at the address above. Volumes 6-8 are $ 15.00 (U.S./Canada) and $20.00 (Europe/Asia). Volumes 1-5 are out of print, but they are available in xerox, velo-bound form at $15.00 per volume.

Information for Prospective Authors

Manuscripts for publication and correspondence should be sent to the Journal of Korean Studies, Center for Korean Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 11371 Bunche Hall, Box 951487, Los Angeles, California 90095-1487. Manuscripts must be typed, double-spaced, with footnotes (also double-spaced ) at the end. Thc original and one copy should be submitted. If possible a computer disk should be included with your submission, clearly identified as to whether the computer is IBM or Macintosh, and what program and version the manuscript was typed in. For style and footnote format contributors should consult The Chicago Manual of Style, 13th ea., rev. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982). Romanization of Korean words and names should be according to the McCune-Reischauer system. Materials that have been previously published or accepted for publication, or that are being considered for publication elsewhere, will not be accepted by the Journal of Korean Studies.

If you have questions, please contact the editor.