Tufts University (Septebmer 2014 – Expected: December 2018) | Medford, MA, USA

  • Major: Comparative Visual and Literary Studies (literature track) and Philosophy
  • Primary Interest: 20th century Korean and Japanese literature and film, North Korean politics and literature, literature in times of crisis, queer theory, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, East Asian philosophy, and translation studies
  • Grade Point Average: 3.80 /4.0
  • (On Leave: Spring 2017)

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

  • Seminar topic: A Journey into Chinese Thoughts and Modern Civilization
  • Medium of instruction: English
  • Full-scholarship recipient (from Confucius Institute)
  • Closing ceremony speaker (topic: Daoism and post-structuralism)



Twentieth-century Korean and Japanese literature and film, North Korean ideology and literature, queer theory/poststructuralism/psychoanalysis, East Asian philosophy, and translation studies


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

  • 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.

“Temporality of Language and Translation of Poetry” | Spring 2016

  • Building upon Stanley Fish’s theory on the temporality of literary interpretation, this paper investigates how translating Korean poetry into English inevitably compromises poetic tension because of the syntactically different position of a verb.



  • “Queers in North Korea: Queer Sexuality and Temporalities of Juche Ideology.” 이반들—Queer Korean Trans, Diaspora, and Dissident Identity. SOAS University of London, London, United Kingdom, December 2017.
  • “Untitled.” 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 (forthcoming)



Dean’s List: Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Fall 2018

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.




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

Literature and Cinema

  • Post-war Japanese Literature
  • Independent Studies: North Korean Literature and Gender
  • The World of Studio Ghibli (Spring 2018)

Critical Theory and Philosophy

  • Introduction to International Literary and Visual Studies
  • Politics of Reading
  • Postmodernism and Film
  • Asian America
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism
  • Nothingness (Japanese philosophy; Spring 2018)
  • Colonialism and Domesticity (Spring 2018)



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