I had the pleasure of speaking with Myunghee Lee, a political scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies (NIAS) based at the University of Copenhagen, for an episode of The Nordic Asia Podcast. We wanted to address the Presidential election in South Korea with a feminist lens and offer a broader historical context for the anti-feminist movement that’s been getting a lot of attention lately, #MeToo, and movements for justice for the survivors of the “comfort women” system.… more
This article in The Journal of Asian Studies discusses queer and transgender voices that took part in the South Korean Candlelight Protests of 2016–17 but became sidelined during the special election that followed. Drawing from theories of queer temporality and feminist critiques of homogenous time, I argue that idioms of postponement (najunge) and prematurity (sigisangjo) have significantly shaped liberal political discourses regarding the timing and timeliness of social change and minority politics in South Korea.… more
Back in September 2021, I had the pleasure of speaking with Jorlen Garcia, a student journalist at Claremont McKenna College. We talked about wide-ranging topics such as K-pop (of course), spy cams, and overall climates of patriarchy and gender inequality in South Korea. She did an amazing job editing the interview, which is published online at Asia Experts Forum.… more
Journal of Lesbian Studies seeks contributions from multiple disciplines and are hoping to represent a diversity of geographical perspectives. Encouraged are submissions of short, public-facing, and/or experimental articles, as well as visual art and poetry. Proposals due by June 1, full manuscripts due by August 15, 2022.… more
I contributed an article on queer politics for a Journal of Asian Studies special forum on the South Korean candlelight… more
“Although the July 27, 1953 Korean War armistice recommended that the United States, North Korea, and China to negotiate a permanent peace agreement in three months time, the Korean War persists today in the ongoing division of Korea, the continued U.S. military occupation of South Korea, the U.S.-led sanctions regime against North Korea, and the unabating militarization of the larger region.”… more
There are several faculty positions in Korean Studies and Asian American Studies — Stony Brook, Boston University, Emory, UW Seattle, Harvard, and Leiden (Netherlands).… more
I’m excited to share that 17 guests are joining my class on Feminist Politics in Korea and the Korean Diaspora, starting next week. It’s a series of public-facing conversations with some of the most kick-ass brilliant social justice activists and inspiring filmmakers — open to the public, with registration required.