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The 1st RCKC Essay Contest on Korea and/or Korean Culture

The Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College (RCKC), in collaboration with the Korea Society, is organizing an English-language essay contest on South Korea and Korean culture. This contest is open to graduate and undergraduate students of Korean and non-Korean descent, particularly because there have been major changes in Korea and perceptions of Korea during this cohort’s lifetime. In the last twenty to thirty years, South Korea has gone from being perceived as a war-torn and impoverished country to a highly-influential economic and cultural G-20 nation. South Korea’s economic coming-of-age, along with the emergence of hanryu (the Korean wave, which refers to the increasing international popularity of Korean culture and entertainment), has firmly established it as a nation worthy of international consideration. This is quite a change from the negative connotations (Korean War, multitudes of orphans) people associated with South Korea thirty to forty years ago. This essay contest has been organized, in part, to gauge Americans’ and Korean Americans’ perceptions and insights about South Korea.

The deadline for submission of essays has been extended to January 15, 2014. There is a $20 registration fee for the contest. Please note that this English-language essay contest is open to two groups of students: (1) non-Koreans and (2) Korean Americans (U.S.-born Koreans or 1.5-generation Koreans, which refers to Koreans who moved to the U.S. at the age of fifteen or earlier). Additionally, this contest is open to both undergraduate and graduate students who are currently enrolled in a university in the United States.

If you are interested in participating in this essay contest and would like more detailed information, click the link below to open a PDF of the guidelines and the application form. Print out a hard copy of the application form and send it to the Research Center for Korean Community at Queens College, Queens College, CEP Hall 2, Room 9, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, NY 11367, along with an electronic copy (to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) of the application form and your essay. The application fee should be included with the hard copy of your essay and application form.
 

Essay Contest Guidelines and Application Form

 

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