In fall 2019, I will become a Ph.D. student in East Asian Studies at Princeton University. My theoretical interest encompasses the notion of a body and the issues related to it—gender, sexuality, and phenomenology. As for a period, I have grown inquisitive about the modern era, starting from the open port period to the national division. To put it another way, I am curious about two aspects that are not mutually exclusive: 1. how the notion of a body had changed from the open port era to the national division and how these developments are manifest in various cultural products; 2. how we may think of a body through Korean or East Asian thought canons. Obviously, these projects are extremely ambitious and broad, and I am in the process of narrowing down the topic of my interest.
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 and Highest Thesis Honors. 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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