An additional Korea specialist will be joining the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Manoa in time for the beginning of the fall semester.
The Asian Studies Program in the School of Pacific and Asian Studies has announced that Dr. Young-A Park will join the program beginning August 1, 2011. Park, who is leaving a position as assistant professor of anthropology at Knox College in Illinois, received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from Seoul National University and earned her Ph.D. in anthropology at Harvard University.
Her research and teaching interests cover issues of post-authoritarian politics, the film industry, social movements, globalization, and migration in South Korea. Her book manuscript, “Unexpected Alliances: Post-Authoritarian State, Independent Film Networks, and Film Industry in South Korea,” is currently under review by Stanford University Press. In it, Park investigates the cultural and institutional roots of the Korean film industry’s phenomenal success in the context of Korea’s political transition in the late 1990s.
Park also is conducting a new line of research on North Korean refugees in South Korea, which examines how the social inequality between the North Korean defectors and South Koreans is being newly structured despite a strong ideology of equality based on ethnic nationalism.
Park’s first teaching assignment in the Asian Studies Program is a course titled “Globalization in East Asia.”