The Origin of Korean People and Their Culture
Monday, April 1, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Center for Korean Studies Auditorium
1881 East-West Road
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa
Although Koreans are often considered to have a single origin, in fact many different factors have contributed to the evolution of the present-day Korean people and their culture. Migrations during prehistory from Siberia and Southeast Asia as evidenced by archaeology and genetics indicate that the Korean people during the Late Paleolithic were probably not a single homogeneous population. Even during the Neolithic and Bronze Age there is a plethora of data that supports the argument for migrations of people from regions such as Mongolia and Siberia. For instance, pottery and burial styles that appear during the latter cultural periods are supporting evidence of either migrations of people from the north to Korea or, minimally, a diffusion of these cultures to the peninsula. In this presentation, Professor Bae will provide an updated synthesis about the origin of the Korean peoples based primarily on new findings from archaeology and will also tie in recent discoveries from areas such as genetics research.
DR. KIDONG BAE is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Hanyang University. He trained in Paleolithic archaeology, earning B.A. and M.A. degrees from Seoul National University and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He has held many important positions in Korea, including being chairperson of the Korean National Committee of the International Council of Museums, director of the Jeongok Prehistory Museum, and former president of the Korean National University of Cultural Heritage. He has conducted field and laboratory research in Africa and the Middle East in addition to being best known for his excavations at the Paleolithic site of Chongokni in Korea.