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Hee Sook   Lee-Niinioja

Independent researcher

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I speak in the following language(s): Korean, English, Norwegian, French, German

Dr Hee Sook LEE-NIINIOJA is a scholar/journalist/artist/designer.

She is specialized in the comparison of Hindu-Buddhist-Christian-Islamic cultural heritage, semiotic texts-images (particularly Goethe), and Scandinavian 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 the USA), PhD (architecture at Oxford Brookes in the UK) as well as theology, literature, language studies, etc., worldwide.

She has a good command of many languages.

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

Honoured with the Order of Civil Merit Medal by the President of South Korea and appreciations from abroad such as Kuwait and Indonesia, she is engaged with ICOMOS, WAMU-NET, International Press Center, etc.
She resides currently in Finland.
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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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