Academics

EDUCATION

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: 3.79 /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)

 

RESEARCH

“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 to English inevitably compromises poetic tension because of the syntactically different position of a verb.

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • “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. (planned)

 

RELEVANT COURSEWORK

  • Post-war Japanese Literature
  • Chinese Philosophy
  • Chinese Reading and Conversation
  • Classical Chinese for Students of East Asia (Fall 2017; through Boston University)
  • Independent Studies: Gender in North Korean Literature
  • Independent Studies: Displacement of Queer Sexualities in Juche Ideology
  • Special Topics: Asian America (Fall 2017)
  • Politics of Reading
  • Postmodernism and Film
  • Phenomenology and Existentialism (Fall 2017)
  • Logic

 

HONORS / PRIZES / GRANTS

Dean’s List: All semesters except Fall 2014 | recipient

Summer Scholars: Summer 2017 | recipient

  • 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.

The Zed Books and Queer Asia writing competition: August 2017 | winner

  • 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.

 

LANGUAGES

  • Korean: Native or bilingual proficiency
  • English: Native or bilingual proficiency
  • Japanese: Low-Advanced proficiency (can communicate and read regular newspaper articles or texts at the same level of difficulty)
  • Chinese: Intermediate proficiency (can read simple articles or texts)
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