The Department of Korean Language and Culture
The origin of the Department of Korean Language and Culture goes back to the Korean language discipline of Nanjing National College of Oriental Languages. A forerunner in China, it was initiated in 1945 and became merged into Peking University in 1949. The present title was adopted in March 2009.
We have three professors, three associate professors, and three lecturers, all of whom are dedicated teachers and researchers. Seven of them have earned a doctoral degree, and three were conferred the Korean President Award. They have edited and published many textbooks, including The Korean Language (1-4), College Korean Conversation, Chinese-Korean Translation, and Korean-Chinese Translation. Many of them are listed among the textbooks for “The Eleventh Five-Year Plan.” Moreover, we have published hundreds of papers on North and South Korean language, society, politics, economy, philosophy, and literature. Our additional achievements also include such dictionaries and monographs as The New Century Korean-Chinese Dictionary, A History of the Korean Language, Korean Stylistics, A Brief History of Korean Literature, Practical Korean Grammar, History of Korean Literature, Chinese Literature in North Korea, A History of the Language of the Chinese Korean, Studies on the Three Great Poets of Late North Korea, Studies on Dialects of Six Towns in North Korea, Taoism in North Korea, On the Culture of the Chinese Korean, Roots of the Chinese Involvement in the Korean War, Studies on Education of Korean Adjectives.
The department enrolls undergraduates, graduates and doctors in North and South Korean language and culture on an annual basis. We have for undergraduates Basic Korean, Korean Listening and Speaking, Korean Conversation, Korean-Chinese and Chinese-Korean Translation, History of Korean Literature, Korean Grammar, North and South Korean Economy, History of the Relations between North and South Korea, History of North and South Korea, and Contemporary Politics and Society of South Korea. Our teaching emphasis has been put on improving students’ basic language skills (i.e. listening, speaking, reading, writing, and translating). Besides, we provide our students with opportunities to go to North and South Korea to learn the target language. Students with good academic performance are encouraged to choose a double or secondary major in economy or philosophy or arts. In order to produce well-rounded adaptable men of virtue with sound professional knowledge, we try to cultivate in our students the capability to apply what they have learned in class to practical use.
Setting as an aim the production of highly qualified specialists, we offer for postgraduates and doctorate students such courses as History of the Korean Language, Theory on the Korean Grammar, History of Korean Cultural Communication, History of South Korean Ideas, Studies on the Korean Peninsula Problems, Introduction to Korean Culture Documents, Studies on Korean Translation. For more than sixty years, we have sent 500 undergraduates and 80 graduates to various fields like education, scientific research, foreign affairs, foreign trade, culture, and press and publication, making important contributions both to the construction of our country and to Sino-North/South Korea relations.
The year 1987 witnessed the establishment of Institute of Korean Culture. It advanced the concept of Korean Studies for the first time across the world and boosts the internationalization of the concept by hosting 6 International Symposia on Korean Studies. After the diplomatic relationship being established between China and South Korea, PKU Research Center for South Korea Studies was founded to promote South Korea studies and enhance mutual academic communication. PKU Institute of Korean Culture has published many excellent works, including Korea Studies series, A Cultural History of Chinese Korean (12 volumes), Selections of Chinese Korean Literature, and Korean Historical Documents Series: The Imjin War. PKU Institute of Korean Culture and PKU Research Center for South Korea studies have the largest collection of research materials in China.