Scholarly panel shares perspectives with Korean journalists

Map of Korean peninsula[By Mike Foley, originally published online in the BYU-Hawaii Newsroom, May 27, 2003]

A group of South Korean journalists accompanied by two Latter-day Saint authorities from that country recently met with compatriots on campus and heard a scholarly panel discuss the history and status of the Korean Peninsula.

The panel, which met in the McKay Auditorium on May 15, included Dr. Edward J. Schultz, Director of the Center for Korean Studies at the University of Hawaii/Manoa; Dr. Sung Ho Sheen, Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Honolulu; and Dr. Michael Allen, Associate Dean of BYU-Hawaii’s College of Arts and Sciences, who acted as the moderator.

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Elder Kikuchi encourages Korean, Japanese students

[Story and photo by Mike Foley, originally published online in the BYU-Hawaii Newsroom, April 20, 2006]

Elder Yoshihiko KikuchiElder Yoshihiko Kikuchi [pictured at right], a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy since 1977, shared words of encouragement and a powerful testimony during special meetings on April 20 with Korean and Japanese students at BYU-Hawaii.

Elder Kikuchi, the first native-born Japanese to be called as a General Authority, and his wife, Sister Toshiko Kikuchi, stopped over for the meetings in Laie en route to an assignment in the Kona Hawaii Stake conference. He is currently serving in Salt Lake City, Utah, on the Church temple and curriculum committees, but previously was a member of the Asia North Area presidency that includes Japan and the Korean peninsula, president of the Tokyo Temple, and president of the Hawaii Honolulu Mission.

Speaking to the two groups in turn, and addressing his fellow countrymen and several returned missionaries in Japanese, Elder Kikuchi told of his love for the people of Korea and Japan, and showed an Asia North Area slide presentation on the growth of the Church in those countries.

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Serious about soccer

[Story and photo by Mike Foley: Originally published online through the BYU-Hawaii “Newsroom,” September 18, 2002]

BYUH Prof. Mike AllenA BYU-Hawaii history professor literally used the arenas of the 2002 World Soccer Cup matches in Korea and Japan to further his research on nationalism and sports as an idea as well as a mode of behavior.

Associate Professor J. Michael Allen [pictured at right], who is Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, explained he found the idea of using the World Cup matches in Korea and Japan irresistible for several reasons: The World Cup, which is usually held in Latin America or Europe, was co-hosted for the first time ever, by two countries with a “very rocky history over the last 125 years.”

“I was interested to see what would happen when an event that is watched by the world — hundreds of millions watching every day — is hosted by two countries that are not particularly friendly with each other. The World Cup, more than the Olympics, is a place where nationalism is on display,” Allen said.

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