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Yonsei professor gets 1st Korean Studies Writing Award

Kim Yong-sup, winner of the first Korean Studies Writing Award (Academy of Korean Studies)
Kim Yong-sup, winner of the first Korean Studies Writing Award (Academy of Korean Studies)

The Academy of Korean Studies conferred the first Korean Studies Writing Award on Wednesday, honoring a Yonsei University scholar for his nine-volume collection of works on the history of Korean agriculture.

For health reasons, professor emeritus Kim Yong-sup was unable to attend the ceremony at the school in Seongnam, Gyeonggi Province, so a family member accepted the prize on his behalf.

“Kim Yong-sup’s Collected Works” documents the history of Korean agriculture from ancient to modern times, and a 13-member panel of judges determined that Kim had opened a new chapter in Korean studies with the collection.

The newly established award, worth 30 million won ($25,450), will be presented to a scholar every year to recognize outstanding, creative research carried out since Korea gained its independence in 1945. It is funded by the Sanki Foundation and commemorates Lee Gyum-no, a co-founder of Tongmunkwan, South Korea’s oldest bookstore.

By Lim Jang-won (ljw@heraldcorp.com)
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