Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-1547744
Title: Transnational scientific networks and the research university: The making of a South Korean community at the University of Utah, 1948-1970
Authors: DiMoia, J. 
Keywords: Comparative science and technology
Japanese empire
Korean war
North Korea
South Korea
Issue Date: Mar-2012
Source: DiMoia, J. (2012-03). Transnational scientific networks and the research university: The making of a South Korean community at the University of Utah, 1948-1970. East Asian Science, Technology and Society 6 (1) : 17-40. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1215/18752160-1547744
Abstract: This article seeks to interrogate the tensions present with the descriptive phrase kwahak kisul (science and technology), often used to represent the growth of South Korean scientific and technical expertise in the mid-1960s, by tracing the material practice of postwar South Korean science and technology back to Japanese imperial formations (late 1920s) and forward to Cold War American institutions of higher learning. Focusing specifically on one community, a group of physical chemists studying at the University of Utah for a period of roughly two decades (mid-1950s through early to mid-1970s), the article argues that these Koreans came to the United States after the Korean War for the opportunity to further their studies and in doing so dramatically transformed their science and very possibly their personal identities as well. The major actor motivating this activity, the physical chemist Lee Tae-kyu, provided the focus for the creation of this informal research group, and the article therefore tracks his career from 1930s Kyoto to Utah and, finally, back to Seoul. © National Science Council, Taiwan 2012.
Source Title: East Asian Science, Technology and Society
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/52184
ISSN: 18752160
DOI: 10.1215/18752160-1547744
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