Yang Hi Choe-Wall

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Yang Hi Choe-Wall
Photograph of Yang Hi Choe-Wall.jpg
Yang Hi Choe-Wall in Sydney, 2011
Born 1932 (age 81–82)
Seoul, Korea
Nationality Korean–Australian
Occupation Writer, researcher and academic
Known for Korean classical literature

Yang Hi Choe-Wall (최양희 崔洋姬 born 1932) is a Korean–Australian academic, writer and researcher specialising in Korean literature of Chosŏn period (1392-1910). She was Fellow / Associate Professor in the Division of Pacific and Asian History, the Australian National University. Choe-Wall is the winner of the 2013 Daesan Literary Awards, who is now retired and living in Sydney.[1]

Early years[edit]

Yang Hi Choe-Wall was born in Seoul, Korea, the fourth child of a family of six children. Her father Ch'oe, Chaesŏ (Choe Jaisou 최재서 崔載瑞,1908–1964) [2] was a distinguished professor of English literature, a leading Korean intellectual and a prolific literary critic, who published 18 books and over 300 articles in three languages.[3]

Choe-Wall grew up in Seoul during the Japanese annexation of Korea and remained in that city during the Korean War (1950–1953). She attended primary and early part of secondary schools in Seoul, where all subjects were taught in the Japanese language until 1945.

Career[edit]

Choe-Wall gained her BA degree at the Chung-Ang University,[4] graduating with First Class Honours in English Language and Literature in 1956. She then commenced her MA degree in the Department of English of the Yonsei University, and from 1963 to 1965 and briefly in 1970 held appointment with Hongik University as lecturer in English language.

In October 1965 Choe-Wall moved to Australia with her young family, having accepted appointment with the Australian National University Library [5] in Canberra as librarian of the Japanese collection.

Because of serious illness she severed her full-time service with the University library in 1974, and while recuperating /working part-time completed her Master of Arts degree in Asian Studies at the Australian National University in 1974. Her thesis Hanjung-nok : Memoirs of an Yi Dynasty Court Lady was later published as Memoirs of a Korean Queen.[6] In 1980 she did her Graduate Diploma in Library and Information Science at Charles Sturt University, New South Wales. Choe-Wall then spent next four years completing her PhD degree in Korean Literature (Sino-Korean Literature) at the Australian National University in 1985. Her PhD thesis was Hŏ Nansŏrhŏn (Heo Nanseolheon) and Her Hanshi – A study of the life and work of Hŏ Nansŏrhŏn – a late sixteenth century Korean poet. This was published as Vision of a Phoenix [6] with the book now in its 4th edition.

In 1984 she was appointed lecturer in Korean at the Australian National University.[7] This was followed by an appointment as Fellow / Associate Professor of the Australian National University.[7][8] in 1993. She retired from the Australian National University in 1996, but as a Visiting Fellow of the University continued to work on the Encyclopaedia of Korea as Project Director and Chief Compiler until 1999.[8]

Choe-Wall's main research interest is to introduce Western readers to Korean Classical literature. She researched and translated literary works of Joseon period (1392–1910), and published extensively in English.

Awards[edit]

  • The 2005 Korean Literature Translation Award for her work Vision of a Phoenix.[9]
  • The 2013 Daesan Literary Awards for her work The Jehol Diary.[10]

Selected Works[edit]

OCLC/WorldCat Identities overview statistics for writings by and about Yang Hi Choe-Wall include approximately 13+ works in 33+ publications in three languages and 1,229 + library holdings. The books have been published primarily in English, but also in Korean and French. [6]

  • "The Sino-Korean Poetic Tradition of the Late 16th Century". East Asian History (Papers on Far Eastern History), The Australian National University's Department of Far Eastern History, March 1986, Vol. 33, pp. 139–157.
  • "The Poetic thought of Hŏ Nansŏrhŏn: the renowned Sino-Korean Poetess". East Asian History (Papers on Far Eastern History), The Australian National University's Department of Far Eastern History, 1987, Vol.36, pp. 93–108.
  • "The Impact of Taoism on the Literature of Mid-Chosŏn, 1568–1724" Korean Studies: New Pacific Currents, Honolulu, Center for Korean Studies, University of Hawaii, 1994, pp. 113–124. ISBN 0-8248-1598-X.
  • “최양희:한중록의 영역에 부쳐”, 한국문학의 외국어 번역:현황과 전망, Seoul, 민음사, 1997, pp. 27–43. ISBN 89-374-1122-9.
  • "나의 아버지 최재서 (Jaisou Choe)". 대산문화, Seoul, The Daesan Foundation, 2014, Vol. 51, pp. 138–142. ISSN 1599-9882.
  • MA thesis: Hanjung-nok : Memoirs of an Yi Dynasty Court Lady, Canberra, The Australian National University, 1974.  Choe-Wall, Yang Hi– Open Access Theses and Dissertations, Center for Research Libraries (www.crl.edu).
  • Ph D thesis: Hŏ Nansŏrhŏn (Heo Nanseolheon) and Her Hanshi – A study of the life and work of Hŏ Nansŏrhŏn – a late sixteenth century Korean poet, Canberra, The Australian National University, 1984.  Choe-Wall, Yang Hi– Open Access Theses and Dissertations, Center for Research Libraries.(http://bibpurl.oclc.org/web/34429 )
  • Arirang (TV network) http://www.arirang.co.kr/index.asp – interview with Choe-Wall, Yang Hi / Stephen Epstein (2007).

References[edit]

  1. ^ National Library of Australia-Libraries Australia Authorities- Choe-Wall, Yang-hi: [1]
  2. ^ (http:// ko.wikipedia.org/wiki/최재서)
  3. ^ (http://www.worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n83-21704
  4. ^ Chung-Ang University Gazette 1957, p.4.
  5. ^ (http://anulib.anu.edu.au)
  6. ^ a b c Choe-Wall,Yang Hi.
  7. ^ a b (http://about.anu.edu/profile-annual)
  8. ^ a b http://epress.anu.edu.au?p=31641 The Making of the Australian National University, 1946–1996, p.388.
  9. ^ Literature Translation Institute of Korea (http://www.klti.or.kr/eng)
  10. ^ Daesan Literary Awards (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daesan_Literary_Awards)
  11. ^ (http://hdl.handle.net/1885/10445)