Professor Byong Won Lee, an ethnomusicologist with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Department of Music, has been selected to receive the 2011 Joong Ahn Prize for Achievement in Arts and Humanities. Lee was selected by the Dukwon Forest Foundation in Pusan, Korea.
The award ceremony will be held November 15 at the Grand Hotel in Pusan. Lee will present a keynote speech during the award ceremony. The award comes with a cash prize of 10 million Korean won (approximately $9,000).
Among his other honors, Lee received the Nangye Akhak Taesang (Nangye Award for Achievement in Korean Music Research) in 2007 and was recognized as one of 85 Proud Koreans Abroad by the Seoul Metropolitan Government at the 50th Anniversary of Korean Independence in 1995.