Another Korea Specialist Joining UH Manoa Faculty

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.

Photo: Young-a ParkThe 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.”