Associate Professor, East Asian Studies
School of Humanities
PH.D., Indiana University
University of California, Irvine
473 Humanities Instructional Bldg.
Mail Code: 6000
Irvine, CA 92617
Modern Korean culture, post-colonialism, gender, critical theory, culture theory, literature and film
I am currently engaged in the issues of historical trauma in South Korean film and literature that investigates the ways in which contemporary South Korean literature and cinema grapple with Korea’s violent past in an effort to heal historical trauma and bring forth reconciliation. Theoretically, this project engages with a range of ethical philosophy and affective studies along with trauma studies and transitional justice studies in order to think of what it means to remember the state violence and resistance (or non-resistance), to mourn the dead, to forgive, and to restore broken relationships.
Concurrently, I am examining contemporary women’s narratives spanning from the immediate post-Korea War period to the 2010s. The scope of the project includes the novels and films of Korean women as well as those of women in diaspora.
Dangerous Women: Gender and Korean Nationalism (Routledge, 1998)
"The Discourse of Decolonization and Popular Memory: South Korea," Positions Spring, 1993, vol. 1, no. 1