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YBM founded the International Communication Foundation (ICF), a nonprofit cultural foundation, in 1982 in order to globalize Korean literature and promote international communication and exchange.

One of our major goals over the past three decades has been the training of Korean literature translators. In order to achieve this, we have established funds and launched professorships in Korean literature at Harvard University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Oxford. We have furthermore supported select international and Korean graduate students overseas majoring in Korean Literature, English Literature, Comparative Literature, or Creative Writing with fellowships since 1996.

We have also been assisting Harvard University’s Korea Institute with the publication of AZALEA since its creation in 2007. Featuring translated works of Korean contemporary literature, AZALEA is the first English-language journal on Korean literature and culture. It is published annually and is used as course material for Korean literature classes at several international universities.

YBM Chairman Sunshik Min and John Hood, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, signing a Korean studies research support agreement

Cover of Korean literary journal, Azalea