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
This was one of the quickest writings I’ve done, conceived and drafted almost entirely on one night in 2015. It’s a short, creative piece, packed with dates and other kinds of digits that have become a key part of my research on protest cultures. I wanted to tie these numerical digits to the idea of “digital lives,” making sense of protests that persist over time and hang precariously on the verge of death.
Three informative and insightful articles that I found helpful in understanding what’s happening in Thailand.
Earlier this year I had the pleasure of speaking with Aaron Schrank, a religion and diaspora reporter who has produced… more
How have women risen up collectively to create changeâ€”and influenced broader movements in the process? What has made women particularly effective protesters, and what ideas have women come up with that have changed the art of protest?