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Hello! I'm an interdisciplinary social scientist specialized in ethnicity and race, social movements, geopolitics, and queer theory. My research engages with Indigenous and diasporic communities in the Asia-Pacific and North America to cultivate knowledge, kinship, and power.
I belong to the third generation of Zainichi Koreans, who are stateless postcolonial exiles and quasi-refugees of Korean descent in/from Japan. My ancestors crossed the sea from colonial Korea to imperial Japan and lost their way home due to the Korean war and division.
As a researcher, educator, and community organizer, I seek to dismantle violent structures of nation-state boundaries, gender norms, and racial oppression by connecting my people's story to the vibrant histories of queer, trans, and non-binary people of color.
Ph.D. in Sociology, Rutgers University (2021 - expected)
M.A. in Sociology, Rutgers University (2015)
M.Sc. in Gender, Development, and Globalisation, London School of Economics (2012)
B.A. in Sociology, San Francisco State University (2010)
new publication: Book Chapter
Counter-mapping Indigeneity and Diaspora in the Trans-Pacific"
Contemporary Archipelagic Thinking: Towards New Comparative Methodologies and Disciplinary Formations
Edited by Michelle Stephens and Yolanda Martínez-San Miguel
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
in progress: Book Project
Community and healing in the korean diaspora
My first book, Queer Unification: Community and Healing in the Korean Diaspora, re-imagines Korean unification as decolonial sovereignty emerging from transnational grassroots organizing.
I argue that queer diasporic Koreans' community practices enable "geopolitical healing" as embodied relationships of belonging and accountability.