Hyung Pai

Hyung Pai
Ph. D., Harvard University Anthropology


Specialization: Korean History and Anthropology, Heritage Management, East Asian Archaeology, Tourism Studies

Office: HSSB 2254

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Hyung Il Pai received her Ph.D. from Harvard University majoring in Anthropology and East Asian Archaeology. She is a professor at the East Asian Department of Language and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara where she has taught courses on Korean archaeology, history, anthropology, popular culture, heritage management, East Asian traditions, and tourism in East Asia. She is the author of “Heritage Management in Korea and Japan: The Politics of Antiquity and Identity,

( University of Washington Press 2013) and “Constructing Korean Origins: A Critical Review of Archaeology, Historiography and Racial Myth,”  ( Harvard University Asia Center 2000). She is also the co-editor of “Nationalism and the Construction of Korean Identity, ”

(University of California, Berkeley East Asia Center Monograph Series 1998). She has also published in numerous international journals and contributed book chapters on a diverse range of topics from Korean state formation, culture contact and change, archaeological heritage management, museum studies, history of anthropological photography, postcards, and cultural tourism in Korea and Japan.

As the recipient of numerous grants such as the Social Science Research Council, the Asia Foundation, the Korea Foundation, the Japan Foundation, and the Fulbright Fellowship, she has conducted field and archival work as a visiting scholar at major universities and national research institutions in Korea and Japan. They include the University of California, Berkeley Center for Korean Studies as a Korean Foundation Post-doctoral fellow, visiting professors at the International Center for Japanese Studies (Kyoto), Kyoto University Department of Archaeology, Tokyo University Oriental Institute, Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties (Ueno, Japan) and Seoul National University Kyujangak Institute.


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Selected Articles

  • Visualizing Seoul’s Landscapes
  • Visualizing Seoul’s Landscapes: Percival Lowell and the Cultural Biography of Ethnographic Images, Journal of Korean Studies. Vol. 21 (2), 2016: 355-384.
  • “Gateway to Korea: Colonialism, Nationalism and Reconstructing Ruins as Tourist Landmarks”, Journal of Indo-Pacific Archaeology 35 (2015): 15-25. (2013)
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  • “Monumentalizing the Ruins of Korean Antiquity: Early Travel Photography and Itinerary of Seoul’s Heritage Destinations,” International Journal of Cultural Property, 21:331-347. (2014)
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  • “Staging ‘Koreana’ for the Tourist Gaze: Imperialist Nostalgia and the Circulation of Picture Postcards,” History of Photography, 37:3, 301-311. (2013)
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  • Heritage Management in Korea and Japan: The Politics of Antiquity and Identity (Book, University of Washington Press 2013) Navigating Modern Seoul: The Typology of Guidebooks and City Landmarks, Seoulhak Yŏn’gu 44, August, pp. 1-40, Institute of Seoul Studies, University of Seoul, Seoul. 2011 (article).
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  • Tracing Japan’s Antiquity: Photography, Archaeology and Representations of Kyŏngju, in Symposium Volume Oriental Aesthetics and Thinking: Conflicting Visions of “Asia” under the Colonial Empires.pp. 289-316, International Center for Japanese Studies, Kyoto, Japan, 2011 (Book chapter)
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  • Re-surrecting the Ruins of Japan’s Mythical Homelands: Colonial Archaeological Surveys in the Korean peninsula and Heritage Tourism, The Handbook of Post-colonialism and Archaeology, pp.93-112, World Archaeological Congress Research Handbook Series,Volume Editors Jane Lydon and Uzma Rizvi, Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA. 2010. (Book chapter).
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  • Travel Guides to the Empire: The Production of Tourist Images in Colonial Korea, in Conference volume on Consuming Korean Tradition in Early and Late Modernity, Chapter 3, Ed. by Laurel Kendall, Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press. 2010 (Book chapter).
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  • 懐かしい故郷イメージの復元—植民地朝鮮の遺跡調査と観光、コモンズと文化—文化は誰のものか Touring the Remains of the “Nostalgic” Imperial Past in Colonial Korea, in Commons and Culture ( Who Owns Culture?), Ed. by Yamada Shoji, Tokyo Press, Tokyo. pp.118-146, 山田奨治 編集、東京出版社、東京、2010(Book chapter).
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  • “Capturing Visions of Japan’s Prehistoric Past: Torii Ryuzo’s Field Photographs of “Primitive” Races and Lost Civilizations.” (1896-1915). Looking Modern: East Asian Visual Culture from Treaty Ports to World War II, Symposium Volume, edited by Jennifer Purtle and Hans Bjarne Thomsen, pp. 265-293, Published by the Center for the Art of East Asia, Chicago: Art Media Resources 2009.(Book chapter).
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  • 신화속고토복원을위한유적탐색: 메이지시대한반도에서의고고학과미술사학적조사(1900-1916)(Reclaiming the Ruins of Imagined Imperial Terrains: Meiji Archaeology and art historical surveys in the Korean peninsula (1900-1916).” 일본의발명과 근대( The Discovery of “Japan” and Modernity), pp. 247-284, Edited by Sang-in Yoon and Kyu-tae Park, Seoul: Yeesan Publishing Co. 2006(Book chapter in Korean).
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  • 植民地朝鮮に“日本の古代” を収集する:東京人類学会と比較文化的枠組み (Collecting Japan’s Antiquity in Colonial  Korea: The Tokyo Anthropological Society and the Cultural Comparative Perspective)in  Moving Objects: Time, Space, and Context, 26th International Symposium on the Preservation of Cultural Property Series, pp.  87-107,  National Research Institute of Cultural Properties Publication, Tokyo. 2004 (Conference Volume chapter in Japanese/English language editions).
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  • 朝鮮の過去をめぐる政治学:朝鮮半島における植民地考古学の遺産 The Politics of Korea’s past: The Legacy of Japanese Colonial Archaeology in the Korean peninsula, in 日本研究(Nihon Review)Vol. 26, pp.15-52, International Research Center for Japanese Studies. Kyoto. (Translated by FujiharaSadao and Yi Mi-rim) 2002.
  • The Creation of National Treasures and Monuments: The 1916  Japanese Laws on the Preservation of Korean Remains and Relics and Their Colonial Legacies. The Journal of Korean Studies, Vol. 25,  No. 1, pp. 72-95, University of Hawaii, 2001.
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  • Constructing “Korean Origins”: Archaeology, Historiography, and Racial Myth.  Harvard/Hallym Series, Asia Center (Council on East Asian Studies) Asia Center, Harvard University Press. 2000. (Book)
  • Japanese Anthropology and the Discovery of “Prehistoric Korea. “Journal of East Asian Archaeology Vol.1, pp. 353-382,  Inaugural Issue, Kwang-chih Chang Festschrift Volume,  E. J. Brill, Netherlands. 1999.
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  • Nationalism and Preserving Korea’s buried Past: The Office of Cultural Properties and archaeological heritage management in South Korea, in Antiquity 73, No. 281, pp. 619-625. September, Cambridge, England. 1999.
  • Nationalism and the Construction of Korean Identity. Co-edited with Tim Tangherlini, Center for Korean Studies Monograph Series, East Asia Institute at University of California Berkeley. 1998
  • “The Colonial Origins of Korea’s Collected Past,” in Nationalism and the Construction of Korean Identity. Co-edited with Tim Tangherlini, Center for Korean Studies Monograph Series, East Asia Institute at University of California, Berkeley. pp. 13-33. 1998.
  • Translations for “Culture and National Identity.” Chapter 24 in Sources of Korean Civilization, Vol. 2, Volume editor Peter Lee, Columbia University Press. 1996.
  • “The Search for Korea’s Past: The Legacy of Japanese Colonial Archaeology in the Korean Peninsula.” in Shih (East Asian History) Vol.7. pp.25-48. This journal is a continuation of The Papers on Far Eastern History, Institute of Advanced Studies, Australian National University, 1994.
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  • “The Nangnang Triangle in China, Japan and Korea ” in Korean Culture Vol. 14., No. 4, pp. 32-41, Editor Robert Buswell, University of California, Los Angeles. 1993.
  • “Culture Contact and Culture Change: The Han Dynasty Commandery of Lelang and the Korean Peninsula.” in World Archaeology, Vol. 23, No.3, pp. 306-319. Routledge Journals, London. 1992.
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  • Lelang and the Interaction Sphere-An Alternative View of Korean State Formation.” in Archaeological Review from Cambridge, Vol. 8, No. 1, pp. 64-75. Cambridge University. 1989.
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Courses Taught

  • Anthropology of Contemporary Korea (Korean 103c)
  • Korean History Survey (Korean 182A-B; same course as History 182A-B)
  • Korean Art and Archaeology (History 182E)
  • Korean Drama (Korean 60)
  • Korean Literature Survey (Korean 113)
  • New Korean Wave (Korean 20)
  • Korean Film  (Korean 175)
  • Proseminar in Korean History (Korean 182P)
  • Tourism in East Asian (East Asian 30)
  • Graduate Seminars (EACS 215)