Yeonhee Yoon, Kiwoong Yang

Yeonhee Yoon is a professor of the practice of the Korean Language and Culture at the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and faculty fellow at the Liu Institute of Asia and Asian Studies at the University of Notre Dame. She received her Ph.D. in Korean Linguistics from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. Her research interests include Intercultural Pragmatics, Second Language Acquisition, and Korean popular culture. Her current project focuses on Korean History and Culture through Film, Korean Popular Culture and migration, Korean Language and Culture for International Negotiations and Diplomacy, and Korean language for academic purpose. Her recent publication include “Korean Hedges in Spoken Discourse” (2016) and “Korean Society” in Essentials of Korean Culture (2013).

Kiwoong Yang received his Ph.D. from the University of Tokyo in Japan. He is a 2015-16 academic year visiting fellow at Notre Dame’s Liu Institute for Asia and Asian Studies, is a tenured professor in the department of politics and public administration and a dean of the Graduate School of Global Cooperation at Hallym University, South Korea where he specializes in international relations among China, Japan, Korea, and the United States. He also serves a guest scholar for the academic year at Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies as well as taught a course titled Conflict and Cooperation in International Relations of East Asia for the fall 2015 semester and is currently teaching China, Japan, and Korea- The Impossible, Indispensible for the Spring 2016 semester. He is the author of numerous articles and books, including “South Korea and Japan’s frictions over history” Asian Perspective (2008) (written in English), Diplomacy and Negotiations in East Asia (2013) (written in Korean). While in residence at the Liu Institute, his research examines the escalation and negotiation of conflict in international relations of East Asia including such issues as the North Korea problem, historical conflicts and maritime territorial disputes among South Korea, China, and Japan.