Author: judy

The Nordic Asia Podcast

On feminist politics – The Nordic Asia Podcast

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

Journal of Asian Studies

New writing: “Out of Place in Time: Queer Discontents and Sigisangjo” (2022)

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

Interview on South Korean feminism

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

End the Korean War

“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