Helen Hye-Sook Hwang

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Helen Hye-Sook Hwang (born on May 2, 1962) is researcher, activist, and advocate of Magoism, anciently originated tradition that venerates Mago as the Great Goddess. She is the co-founder of The Mago Work, which includes Return to Mago E-Magazine ([1]), Mago Academy ([2]), and Mago Books ([3]). Her newest projects include Mago Pool Circle ([4]) and Gynapedia ([5]).

She earned her MA and Ph.D. in Religion with emphasis on Feminist Studies from Claremont Graduate University, CA. She also studied toward an MA degree in East Asian Studies at UCLA, CA. Hwang has taught for universities in California and Missouri, U.S.A.


ADVOCACY

Since 2012, Hwang has founded and directed The Mago Work. Over the past few years, The Mago Work has grown to several branches including Return to Mago E-Magazine, Mago Academy, Mago Books, Mago Pool Circle, and Gynapedia.

She has directed, co-edited and published the She Rises collective writing series, which include She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 1 (Mago Books, 2015) and She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 2 (Mago Books, 2016) as well as Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess (Mago Books, 2017). Also authored The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia (Mago Books, 2016) and 2017 Mago Work Calendar (Mago Books, 2016) as well as Mago Almanac 13 Month 28 Day Calendar (Mago Books, 2017).

Forthcoming co-edited and authored books include Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess, Goddesses in Myth, History, and Culture, Magoist Calendar: The Mago Time inscribed in Sonic Numerology", and The Mago Way Volume 2.

Mago Academy offers courses for Magoist Studies Certificate Programs. Anna Tzanova, M.A. (2015), Sumaiyah Dymonz Yates (2016) and Amina Rodriguez (2017) are enrolled as Mago Scholars. She also leads Mago Pilgrimage to Korea annually and gives lectures internationally. Hwang advocates peace and connection of all beings as WE in S/HE through the Primordial Knowing, the consciousness of Mago (the Great Goddess).

She also facilitates an ongoing cross-cultural discussion group on Facebook named The Mago Circle (https://www.facebook.com/groups/magoism/).

Prior to returning to her graduate studies, Hwang, among other publications, translated and published Mary Daly’s first two books, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation (Seoul: Ewha Woman’s University Press, 1996) and The Church and the Second Sex (Seoul: Women’s Newspaper Press, 1997), into Korean. That was after she worked and lived as a member of Maryknoll Sisters, U.S.-based Catholic overseas missionary organization, in Korea, U.S. and the Philippines. She is an artist, poet, teacher, and philosopher by birth and training.

Hwang's book, The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia, is available for free here[6]. Her forthcoming books include Magoist Calendar: The Mago Time Inscribed in Sonic Numerology (2018), The Mago Way Volume 2 (2018).


EDUCATION

Ph.D. in Religion; concentration in Women’s Studies, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont: CA (2005).

M.A. in Religion; concentration in Women’s Studies, Claremont Graduate University, Claremont: CA (2002).

M.A. candidate in East Asian Studies; concentration in Korean Religions and Buddhism, University of California Los Angeles, CA (in progress).

B.S. in Chemistry, Education minor, Ewha Women’s University, Seoul: Korea (1985).

Field Work, Catholic Cross-cultural Missionary, Maryknoll Sisters, in Korea, U.S. and the Philippines (1987-1994)

Certificate in International Course on Women and Society, Women’s Institute of St. Scholastica College, Manila: Philippines (1993).

Graduate Courses in Scriptures, Spirituality, Feminist Theology, and Latin American Studies, Maryknoll School of Theology, Maryknoll: New York (1989-1992).


PUBLICATIONS

Books

Co-edited and published: Goddesses in Myth, History, and Culture (Mago Books, forthcoming 2018).

Co-edited and published: Celebrating Seasons of the Goddess (Mago Books, forthcoming 2017).

Co-edited and published: She Rises: How Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 2 (Mago Books, 2016).

Authored: The Mago Way: Re-discovering Mago, the Great Goddess from East Asia (Mago Books, 2015).

Co-edited and published: She Rises: Why Goddess Feminism, Activism, and Spirituality? Volume 1 (Mago Books, 2016).

Ph.D. Dissertation: Seeking Mago, the Great Goddess: A Mytho-Historic-Thealogical Reconstruction of Magoism, an Archaically Originated Gynocentric Tradition of East Asia (Claremont Graduate University, 2005).

Translation and Publication: The Church and the Second Sex (Mary Daly, Beacon Press, third published in 1985) Women’s Newspaper Press, Seoul Korea, 1997.

Translation and Publication: Beyond God the Father: Towards a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation (Mary Daly, Beacon Press, second published in 1985), Ewha Women’s University Press, Seoul Korea, 1996.

Co-translation with Dr. Hyun Kyung Chung and Publication: The Reweaving the World: The Emergence of Eco-Feminism (edited by Irene Diamond and Gloria F. Orenstein, Sierra Club Books, 1990), Ewha Women’s University Press, Seoul Korea, 1996.


Articles

“2015 Mago Pilgrimage Essay” (2 parts) in Return to Mago, Magoism the Way of S/HE (www.magoism.net), 2015-2016.

“Magos, Muses, and Matrikas: The Magoist Cosmogony and Gynocentric Unity", in Gukhak Yeonguronchong. Issue 14, December 2014, 9-32.

“Toward Primordial Knowing of Mago, the Great Goddess” (3 parts) in Return to Mago, Magoism the Way of S/HE (www.magoism.net), April through June, 2013.

“The Ancient Korean Bell and Magoism” (5 parts) in Return to Mago, Magoism the Way of S/HE (www.magoism.net), January through March 2013.

“Gaeyang Halmi, the Sea Goddess of Korea” (5 parts) in Return to Mago, Magoism the Way of S/HE (www.magoism.net), August through December 2012.

“Making the Gyonocentric Case: Mago, the Great Goddess of East Asia, and her Tradition Magoism” in She is Everywhere Vol. 3 ed. by Mary Saracino and Mary Beth Moser. Belladonna Publishing (2012).

“Ancient History and Korean History Reclaimed by Magoism” in Gukhak Yeonguronchong (Collective Discourse of Korean Studies), Issue 6, Dec. 2010, 189-224, (in Korean).

Co-editor. “Thinking about Goddesses,” Trivia: Voices of Feminism [7] Issue 9, (March, 2009).

"Issues in Studying Mago, the Great Goddess of East Asia: Primary Sources, Gynocentric History, and Nationalism," in The Constant and Changing Faces of the Goddess: Goddess Traditions of Asia, eds. Deepak Shimkhada and Phyllis Herman. Cambridge Scholars Publishing 2008.

“Returning Home with Mago, the Great Goddess, from East Asia” in Trivia: Voices of Feminism, Issue 6, Sept 2007.

"The Female Principle in the Magoist Cosmogony" in Ochre Journal of Women's Spirituality, Spring 2007.

"An Investigation of Gynocentric Unity in Mago, the East Asian Great Goddess, and Elsewhere," in [8], 2004.

"Korean Feminist Thought of Mago, the Great Goddess," Yeo/Seong-I-Ron (Theory of Women and Gender) Vol. 7, 2003, 7-22 (in Korean).

"A Comparative Study on the Thoughts of Friedrich Nietzsche and Mary Daly: The Difference between Postmodern Thought and Radical Feminist Religious Consciousness," Hanguk Yeo-seong Cheolhak (Korean Feminist Philosophy), Vol. 2, 2002, 149-167 (in Korean).

"Korean History and Religion Viewed from a Gender Perspective (2): Medieval Korean Women’s Movements of Tantric Buddhism and Korean Alphabet," in Segyeo-ui Sinhak (Theology of the World) Vol. 54 (Spring 2002), 247-282 (in Korean).

"Korean History and Religion Viewed from a Gender Perspective (I): Korean Women during the Koryo and early Choson periods," in Segyeo-ui Sinhak (Theology of the World) Vol. 52 (Fall 2001), 175-208 (in Korean).

"The Radical Feminism of Mary Daly: A Metapatriarchal Theological Consciousness" in Journal of Asian and Asian American Theology, Vol. III, No. 1 (Spring 1999), 71-85.