Academics

EDUCATION

Tufts University (Septebmer 2014 – Expected: February 2019) | Medford, MA, USA

  • Major: Comparative Visual and Literary Studies (literature track) and Philosophy
  • Grade Point Average: 3.83 /4.0

 

PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS

IPAK.Centar: Research Center for Cultures, Politics and Identities (August 2018) | Belgrade, Serbia

  • Summer School for Sexualities, Cultures, and Politics’ Summer Programme 2018
  • (More details will be updated in the future)

Seoul National University (June-July 2018) | Seoul, Korea

  • Summer semester 2018
  • “불교철학에 대한 이해” (Understanding Buddhist Philosophy) and “한국철학사” (History of Korean Philosophy)
  • Medium of instruction: Korean

Beijing Normal University Philosophy Summer School (July 2016) | Beijing, China

  • Seminar topic: A Journey into Chinese Thoughts and Modern Civilization
  • Medium of instruction: English

 

RESEARCH INTEREST

Korean literature during the Japanese occupation, national division and North Korean literature and cinema, queer theory, deconstruction and East Asian philosophy, and translation studies

 

RESEARCH

“Embodied or Displaced: The Disposition of Queers in Juche Ideology” | May 2017 – May 2018

  • Advisor: Dr. Lee Edelman
  • This research explores how queer sexuality is positionally embodied and displaced in North Korean politics and literature by examining the construction of temporality in Juche ideology and applying queer and cultural theories to the observation.

“Gender in North Korean Media: Does Juche Ideology Liberate Gender?” | Fall 2016

  • Advisor: Dr. Charles Inouye
  • This research exposes how gender dichotomy is constructed and altered in various North Korean literary and cinematic works in relation to Juche ideology.

 

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

  • “Queers in North Korea: Queer Sexuality and Temporality in Juche Ideology.” 이반들—Queer Korean Trans, Diaspora, and Dissident Identity. SOAS University of London, London, United Kingdom, December 2017.
  • “Queer Sexualities in Juche Ideology.” 2018 Queer Studies Conference: Prisons, Borders, and Pipelines—Toward a Queer Abolitionist Movement. The University of North Carolina at Asheville, NC, United States, April 2018

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

Dean’s List: All semesters except Fall 2014

Summer Scholars: Summer 2017

Summer Scholars program at Tufts University funds rising juniors and seniors to pursue ten-week independent research projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor.

Winner of The Zed Books and Queer Asia writing competition: August 2017 

As one of the sponsors of Queer Asia 2017 Conference, Zed Books ran a competition for a piece of writing that explores the intersection of “Queer” and “Asia.” The topic was identical to the conference’s topic, “desire, decolonization, and decriminalization.” I submitted a summary of my summer research (as of early July) and suggested that queer sexualities in North Korea, albeit invisible, can be studied exactly through that invisibility.

 

RELEVANT COURSEWORK

Language

  • Chinese Reading and Conversation (third-year level)
  • Classical Chinese for Students of East Asia (taken at Boston University)

Literature and Cinema

  • Post-war Japanese Literature
  • Independent Studies: North Korean Literature and Gender

Critical or Cultural Theory and Philosophy

  • Asian America
  • Politics of Reading
  • Postmodernism and Film
  • Colonialism and Domesticity
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Nothingness (Japanese philosophy)
  • Understanding Buddhist Philosophy (taken at Seoul National University)
  • History of Korean Philosophy (taken at Seoul National University)

 

LANGUAGES

  • Korean: Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English: Native or bilingual proficiency
  • Japanese: Advanced proficiency
  • Chinese (Modern, Mandarin): Intermediate proficiency
  • Chinese (Classical/Literary): Basic proficiency
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Sample Translations

Nabillera

Humans of Seoul

AhnTranslation

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