[KS] Publication Announcement: Korea Journal, vol. 52, no. 3

Korea Journal kj at unesco.kr
Fri Sep 28 04:43:07 EDT 2012

Dear list members,

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Autumn 2012 issue of
the *Korea
Journal* (vol. 52, no. 3).

This issue addresses the special theme of “Contemporary Korean Religions in
Context.” The first article by Chin Hong Chung reviews the current
situation facing the three major Korean religions based on the concepts of
“center religion” and “peak religion,” and defines the situation in terms
of *neo-ethnicity*. Yoon Seung Yong’s article attempts to understand the
current state of Korean Buddhism by analyzing the development and
limitations of the Buddhist reform movement during Korea’s democratic
transition since the 1980s. Jin-ho Kim’s article focuses on the Korean
Protestant Church’s conflict and tension with civil society and attempts to
conceptualize a notion of “social spirituality” in order to discuss the
theology that goes beyond the faith antagonistic to social publicness. The
fourth article, by Park Moon-Su, analyzes the features, causes, and
consequences of the issues that Korean Catholicism faced in and since the
1990s, and questions whether the positive social evaluation that Korean
Catholicism has enjoyed to date will last even after its reform drives
turned out to be to no avail.

In addition to these special focus articles, four interesting articles,
selected from submissions based on a strict peer review process, are
included in this issue. The article by Kim and Lim analyzes the apology
strategies used by President Lee Myung-bak during the U.S. beef import
negotiation upheaval in South Korean society in 2008 and investigates how
these apologies were perceived by the South Korean public. Yun’s article
uncovers the fact that at the heart of Korea’s employment problem is a
growing number of discouraged workers, and argues that this social problem
has stemmed not only from South Korea’s drive toward financial
rationalization, but also from its unique way of implementing the new
financial rule. Lovins’s article discusses the history of the “imperial
pivot” (*hwanggeuk*) concept, and examines how King Jeongjo argued for
royal power in his preface to the *Hwanggeukpyeon* (Book of the Imperial
Pivot), drawing from conceptual metaphor theory and blending theory. The
last article by Jinhee Kim analyzes how three countries of East Asia—China,
Japan, and Korea—understand Korean poet Yun Dong-ju (1917-1945) and
recognize his historical significance, and suggests the future directions
in interpreting his works.

The contents of this issue are as follows:* *

*Special Topic: Contemporary Korean Religions in Context*

JANG Sukman / [On this topic] Contemporary Korean Religions in Context

Chin Hong CHUNG / Profiles of Contemporary Korean Religions: The Emergence
of Neo-Ethnicity

YOON Seung Yong / The Movement to Reform Korean Buddhism and the Limits

Jin-ho KIM / The Political Empowerment of Korean Protestantism since around

PARK Moon-Su / Urgent Issues Facing Modern Korean Catholicism and Their


Yungwook KIM and Yujin LIM / Presidential Apology and Level of Acceptance: The
U.S. Beef Import Negotiation Upheaval in South Korea

Ji-Whan YUN / The Korean Way of Financial Rationalization and Discouraged

Christopher LOVINS / Making Sense of the Imperial Pivot: Metaphor Theory
and the Thought of King Jeongjo

Jinhee KIM / The Understanding of Yun Dong-ju in Three East Asian Countries

We would like to take this opportunity to remind list members that we
always welcome submissions of articles and book reviews in the field of
Korean studies. For further information on submission guidelines, please
refer to the journal's web page:


*Korea Journal*

Tel: 82-2-6958-4123/4110

Fax: 82-2-6958-4250

Website: www.ekoreajournal.net

E-mail: kj at unesco.kr
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