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The Korean Language Flagship Center (KLFC) at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa (UHM) is the first Korean language and culture center in the United States dedicated to cultivating Korea specialists with professional-level proficiency in Korean. The KLFC’s goal is to prepare American students to be capable of functioning in Korean as professionals in their chosen academic or professional fields.

UHM’s Korean Flagship Program (KFP) was established in 2002 as a post-baccalaureate non-degree program. In cooperation with the UHM’s Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures (EALL), the KFP transitioned into the KLFC in 2007 offering a Master of Arts degree in “Korean for Professionals.” The KLFC launched a Bachelor of Arts degree in “Korean for Professionals” in 2008.

The KLFC is part of The Language Flagship funded by the Defense Language National Security Education Office (DLNSEO).

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KLFC capstone students taking a picture at Yongmeori Coast in Jeju-do, South Korea.

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Sang Yee Cheon, Korean Language Flagship Center Director
Sang Yee Cheon
Director, KLFC

Her primary research interests include Korean Phonology and Phonetics, Second Language Acquisition, CBI, Teaching Language and Culture of Korea through Korean Film.

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