Head of Center for Korean Studies receives Manhae Grand Prize

John Duncan, director of the Center for Korean Studies and a professor in the Asian Languages and Cultures Department, has received the Manhae Grand Prize in academics from the Manhae Foundation in Korea. The prize is named after the revered Buddhist leader and poet Han Yongun, whose pen name was Manhae. Duncan was recognized for his groundbreaking research and publications in Korean studies. He also has translated Korean materials into English and introduced Korean scholars’ research to Western academics. “In short, Prof. Duncan as a scholar of Korean studies has concentrated his academic passion on Korean studies to objectively understand and write Korea’s historical experiences beyond the subjective views and interests of different academies across many nations,” according to the foundation.
Last December, Duncan also received the Korean Foundation Award, a prestigious award for Korean studies scholars abroad.
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