|Department||Literature Department, |
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
|Affiliations||East Asian Studies, |
Feminist Studies Department,
History of Art/Visual Culture
|Web Site|| Korea Policy Institute|
Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea
National Campaign to End the Korean War
Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific
|Office||Humanities 1 634|
|Office Hours||Thursday 4-5:30 p.m. and by appt.|
|Campus Mail Stop||Humanities Academic Services|
Asian American literature and cultural criticism; African American literature and black freedom studies; Korean diasporic cultural production; Pacific Rim studies; postcolonial theory; comparative critical race studies; human rights; law and literature; narrative theory; film and visual studies
Biography, Education and Training
I specialize in transnational Asian American, Korean diaspora, critical Pacific Rim, and comparative ethnic studies. At UC Santa Cruz, I have organized with students, staff, and faculty for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. I received my PhD from the UC Berkeley English department and am at work on a book project titled “Blurring the Color Line: Racial Fictions, Militarized Humanity, and the Pax Americana in the Pacific Rim,” which examines the historic relation of post-1945 Afro-Asian human rights literature to the Pax Americana, the U.S. military "peace" that restructured the Asia Pacific following Japan’s Pacific War defeat. I am an executive board member of the Korea Policy Institute, a coordinating committee member of the National Campaign to End the Korean War, a steering committee member of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, and a member of the Working Group on Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific.
Honors, Awards and Grants
2013 California Council for the Humanities Community Stories Grant for "Legacies of the Korean War"
Spring 2012 University of California Humanities Research Institute Residential Research Fellowship, “Between Life and Death: Necropolitics in an Era of Late Capitalism” (convened by Jodi Kim, UC Riverside, and Grace Hong, UCLA), UC Irvine
2011 Chancellor’s Achievement Award for Diversity, UC Santa Cruz
2009 Julien Mezey Dissertation Award, Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities
2007-2009 Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley
- "The World-Form of Human Rights Comics." The Routledge Companion to Literature and Human Rights. Ed. Sophia McClennan and Alexandra Moore. Routledge, 2015, forthcoming.
- Introduction, The Unending Korean War. Special issue of positions: asia critique 23:4 (2015), forthcoming.
- "Manufacturing Dissidence: Arts and Letters of North Korea's 'Second Culture." The Unending Korean War. Special issue of positions: asia critique 23:4 (2015), forthcoming.
- "Illustrating the Postwar Peace: Miné Okubo, the 'Citizen-Subject' of Japan, and Fortune Magazine." American Quarterly 77:1 (2015), forthcoming.
- Interview with FARS on The Interview. 14 February 2015. FARS News Agency.
- "Stranger than Fiction: The Interview and U.S. Regime-Change Policy Toward North Korea." Asia-Pacific Journal (formerly Japan Focus), 12:52 (2014).
- “The Sewol on Our Shores.” 21 May 2014. Foreign Policy in Focus.
- "War by Other Means: The Violence of North Korean Human Rights." Asia-Pacific Journal 12:13 (2014).
- Introduction, Citizen 13660 by Miné Okubo. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2014.
- Introduction, Reframing North Korean Human Rights. Thematic issue of Critical Asian Studies. Reframing North Korean Human Rights. Co-edited with Hazel Smith. Thematic issue of Critical Asian Studies 45:4 (2013).
- “The Mirror of North Korean Human Rights: Technologies of Liberation, Technologies of War.” Reframing North Korean Human Rights. Co-edited with Hazel Smith. Thematic issue of Critical Asian Studies 45:4 (2013).
- “Lurching Towards War: A Post-Mortem on Strategic Patience.” Co-authored with Hyun Lee. Foreign Policy in Focus. 15 February 2013.
- “The First Year of Peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Interview with Solidarity for Peace and Reunification in Korea (SPARK) activist, Kang Jeong-Koo. 11 October 2012. “Pacific Pivot” series. Foreign Policy in Focus.
- “The Fiction of the North Korean Refugee Orphan.” 38 North: Informed Analysis of Events in and around the DPRK. U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University. 19 September 2012.
- “Pyongyang Lost: Counterintelligence and Other Fictions of ‘the Forgotten War.’” American Literature and Culture in an Age of Cold War: A Critical Reassessment. Ed. Steven Belletto and Daniel Grausam. University of Iowa Press, 2012.
- “Flashforward Democracy: American Exceptionalism and the Atomic Bomb in Barefoot Gen.” Literary Forms and Human Rights. Special issue of Comparative Literature Studies 46:1 (2009).
- “‘War Is the Force That Gives Us Meaning’: Militarized Queerness, Racial Masking, and Korean War Mascotry.” "The Afterlives of the Korean War." Centre for the Study of Korea annual symposium, University of Toronto, Fall 2014.
- "The University as Contested Terrain: The Origins of Ethnic Studies and Resistance to Empire." "The Nuclear University and U.S. Power in the Pacific." UC Berkeley, Fall 2014.
- "The Mirror of North Korean Human Rights: Technologies of Liberation, Technologies of War." Center for Korean Studies, SUNY Stony Brook, Fall 2013.
- “The First Year of Peace on the Korean Peninsula.” Sixty Years of Unending Korean War panel. “Peoples of the Pacific: Confronting Militarization, Resource Theft, Globalization, and America’s ‘Pacific Pivot.’” Moana Nui Teach-In 2013. Oakland, Spring 2013.
- Invited lecture. “International Conference on ‘Non-peace’ Structure and Culture on the Korean Peninsula: Dialogue between the Humanities and Social Sciences.” Institute of Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University, Summer 2012.
- “Border-Crossing in the World Republic of Letters: South Korean and Korean American Rearguard Fictions of the Korean War.” Invited presentation. “Changing Boundaries and Reshaping Itineraries: An International Conference on Asian American Expressive Culture.” Beijing Foreign Studies University, Summer 2012.
- “Pyongyang Lost: Counterintelligence and Deterritorializing Fictions of the ‘Forgotten War.’” “Solidarity and Trespasses: Cultural Formations of Cold War Cosmopolitanism in East Asia.” Association for Asian Studies annual conference. Toronto, Canada, Spring 2012.
- “Double V Blueprint, Cold War Novel: Invisible Man and the ‘War Within the War.’” Invited lecture. First annual “Cabrillo Reads” lecture. Cabrillo College, Winter 2012.
- “The Strange Afterlife of Jim Crow: Mixed-Race Politics in U.S. Military Ghettoes in Asia.” “Blurring the Color Line: Racial Soldiering and U.S. Militarism in the Cold War Pacific.” American Studies Association Annual Meeting. San Antonio, Fall 2010.
- “The Undercommons of Critical Asian and Asian American Studies.” Plenary Panel on Asian American Activism and the Academy. Association of Asian American Studies Conference, invited lecture. Austin, TX, Spring 2010.
- “Architectures of Grievance: Memorializing Wartime Ruin in North Korea and Viet Nam.” “transPOP: Korea Vietnam Remix Symposium,” in conjunction with transPOP exhibit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. UC Berkeley, Spring 2009.
- “U.S. Extraterritoriality and Trans-Pacific Literature of the Camptown.” UC President’s Postdoctoral Retreat. UCLA Lake Arrowhead Center, Spring 2008.
- “The Price of Liberation: Korea, the ‘Forgotten War,’ and the Cultural Politics of Debt.” Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Luncheon. UC Berkeley, Fall 2007.
- “‘Freedom Cannot Be Legislated’: James Baldwin and the Russell Tribunal on Vietnam.” American Comparative Literature Association. Puebla, Mexico, Spring 2007.
Courses TaughtRace, Labor, and Migration
Asian Americans in Law and Literature
The Black Pacific
Divided Memories in the Cold War Pacific Rim
Ethnic Studies in Theory, Praxis, and History
Human Rights in Theory: Racial Justice, Revolutionary Violence, and Decolonization
Haunted by the Korean War: Literature and Film of the Forgotten War
Los Angeles Circa 1992
The Nuclear Pacific
Race and Comics