Dr. Yu chairs session and delivers paper at NY Conference of Asian Studies

Posted by Fernando.Arzola on Tuesday October 20, 2015


Dr. K. Kale Yu, Assistant Professor of History, chaired the session, "Transreligious Encounters in Asia," at the 2015 New York Conference on Asian Studies (NYCAS) at Vassar College. The theme for this year's NYCAS is "Global Asia: Social, Cultural, and Political Spaces." This interdisciplinary conference draws scholars and researchers from around the world to critically examine historical and contemporary issues surrounding Asian studies. 

Dr. Yu also delivered a paper entitled "Confucianism's Existential Dilemma and Christianity in Korea." 

According to Dr. Yu, “This paper analyzes Korea's Confucian existential dilemma, especially since the late nineteenth century when in the twilight of Choson dynasty Koreans witnessed the collapsed the Confucian world order. Deeply infused with Neo-Confucian principles since the founding of Choson, Confucian principles transformed the Korean worldview and while the literati successfully turned Korean society and culture toward an orthodox Neo-Confucian perspective they also instilled a problematic moral dilemma as the Confucian precepts demanded an relentless pursuit of the Way. Protestant Christianity, which entered Korea in the late nineteenth century, offered similar pathways, such as orthodoxy/heterodoxy paradigm and moral perfection, yet offered a solution or redemption to the Confucian problem. “

For information on the conference:

http://pages.vassar.edu/nycas2015/

To review the program and list of topics/speakers:

http://pages.vassar.edu/nycas2015/files/2014/09/NYCAS-Program-Web.pdf

Dr. Yu completed his Ph.D. from Columbia University, M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and B.A. from Clark University. He also received the 2015 Arts & Sciences Special recognition for his scholarship during the 2014-2015 academic year.

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