In fall 2019, I will be a Ph.D. student in East Asian Studies at Princeton University. I am especially interested in examining how pre-modern and modern philosophies and political ideologies clashed, interacted, and developed throughout the transitional period of Korea—from the mass influx of foreign influences and the colonial period to the national division. In so doing, I hope to engage in discourses on phenomenons, bodies, and sexualities while also working closely with literary examples and historical investigations.
Prior to this, I spent my undergraduate years at Tufts University, where I double-majored in Philosophy and International Literary and Visual Studies and graduated with Summa Cum Laude. At Tufts, with the guidance of Dr. Lee Edelman and Dr. Charles Inouye, I conducted research on gender and sexuality in colonial Korea and modern North Korea. I largely focused on the queer interpretation of political ideology in each regime and substantiated my claim through literary and cinematic examples. With the summary of the North Korean part of this research, I won a writing competition open for both undergraduate and graduate students and presented it internationally. I have also taken courses and seminars outside the United States in order to enhance my understanding of queer and gender studies and East Asian philosophy.
Other than Korean and English, I am proficient in Japanese, and I conducted research for my undergraduate thesis with all three languages. I have also learned and understand modern Mandarin and Classical Chinese, though on a rudimentary level.
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