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Hee Sook   Lee-Niinioja

Independent researcher

Dr. Hee Sook Lee-Niinioja is specialized on comparison of Hindu-Buddhist-Christian-Islamic architectural ornamentation, text-image relationship (particularly Goethe), and Scandinavian art and design.

As an Asian pioneer in Scandinavia in the 1970s, she earned BAs (journalism at Ewha Womans University in South Korea; art and design at the National College of Art and Design in Norway), MAs (visual communication both at the National College of Art and Design in Norway and at Syracuse University in USA), PhD (architecture at Oxford Brookes in UK) as well as religion, literature, language studies, etc in many countries. She has a good command of many languages.

Besides international exhibitions about "Goethe in me", academic papers, journalistic articles, book publishing, and paper reviews, she volunteered humanitarian work and teachings as a member of the Finnish diplomatic corps across the globe, enhancing communications between different cultures and religions.

Honoured with the Civil Merit Medal by the President of S. Korea and appreciations from abroad such as Kuwait and Indonesia, she is engaged with cultural heritages at ICOMOS-UNESCO, besides her professions as artist/designer/journalist/scholar.
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  • PhD Research (2003 to 2006)
    The Continuity of pre-Islamic Motifs in Javanese Mosque Ornamentation, Indonesia, — Oxford Brookes University, UK
    Java, syncretic Islam, comparison of pre-Islamic motifs and Islamic motifs, tolerance, cultural heritage
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