Participant Biographies

Hye Seung Chung (Assistant Professor, Oakland University)

Hye Seung Chung is Assistant Professor of English and Cinema Studies at Oakland University.  She is the author of Hollywood Asian: Philip Ahn and the Politics of Cross-Ethnic Performance (Temple University Press, 2006) as well as numerous articles on South Korean cinema and Asian American cultural identities.  Her writing has appeared in such academic journals as Asian Cinema, Cinema Journal, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Journal of Film and Video, and Post Script as well as such anthologies as South Korean Golden Age Melodrama, New Korean Cinema, and Seoul Searching: Culture and Identity in Contemporary Korean Cinema.  Hye Seung Chung has hosted several Korean film festivals at the University of Michigan and Hamilton College and is an editorial board member of the Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema.

Christopher P. Hanscom (Assistant Professor, UCLA)

Chris Hanscom (B.A. Cornell University, Ph.D. UCLA) is an assistant professor in the department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA.  Currently writing a book on theories of language and modernist fiction in 1930s colonial Korea, his research interests include the relationship between social and aesthetic forms, comparative colonialism, and concepts of race and culture under Japanese empire.

Ji-Eun Lee (Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis)

Ji-Eun Lee is an assistant professor of Korean literature and culture at Washington University in St. Louis. She received a Ph.D. degree in Korean studies from Harvard University and has taught and worked atUniversity of Toronto, Dartmouth College, University of British Columbia, and University of Minnesota. Her research interest includes domesticity in Colonial Korea, gender and gendered voice in Korean literature, and literary and cultural spaces.

Jin-Kyung Lee (Associate Professor, U of California-San Diego)

Jin-Kyung Lee received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA and teaches Korean literature in the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. Her research interests include nationalist culture and politics of the colonial era, militarism and development in post-colonial South Korea, representations of gender and ethnicity, labor migration in South Korea and Korean diaspora. She is the author of Service Economies: Militarism, Sex Work and Migrant Labor in South Korea, forthcoming from University of Minnesota Press in November 2010.

Sunyoung Park (Assistant Professor, University of Southern California)

Sunyoung Park (B.A. Seoul National University, Ph.D. Columbia) is an assistant professor of Korean Studies in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Southern California. Her research focuses on the literary history of modern Korea, which she approaches from the varying perspectives of world literature, postcolonial theory, and transnational feminism and Marxism. Her publications include “The Colonial Origin of Korean Realism and Its Contemporary Manifestation” (positions, 2006) and “Everyday Life as Critique: Kim Namch’ŏn’s Literary Experiments in Late Colonial Korea 1934–1943” (Journal of Asian Studies, 2009). She is also the translator and editor of On the Eve of the Uprising and Other Stories from Colonial Korea (Cornell East Asia Series, 2010). She is currently working on a book that examines colonial Korean leftist literature within the comparative context of global literary modernity.

Samuel E. Perry (Assistant Professor, Brown University)

Samuel Perry is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at Brown University.  His area of expertise is proletarian literature from both Japan and Korea.  In addition, he translated and introduced the 2009 English edition of Kang Kyŏng-ae’s From Wŏnso Pond: A Korean Novel (New York: The Feminist Press, 2009) as well as assisted in other translations of Korean proletarian literature.  He is currently working on Literary Activism in Proletarian Japan, a forthcoming book.

Travis Workman (Assistant Professor, U of Minnesota, Twin Cities)

Travis Workman graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2001 with a  B.A. in Modern Literary Studies and received his Ph.D. in East Asian Literature from Cornell University in 2008. He is currently Assistant Professor of Korean Literature, Culture, and Media at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Yoon Sun Yang (Assistant Professor, Arizona State U)

Yoon Sun Yang is assistant professor of modern Korean literature and culture at Arizona State Univeristy. Her current project focuses on early twentieth century Korean domestic fiction. Her research interests also include early modern/ modern Korean literature, postcolonial theory, nationalism/transnationalism, sentimentality, domesticity, and gender studies.

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