Office: 356 University College
Ph.D. New York University, US
I am a historian of modern Korea and East Asia with special interests in gender and sexuality, global political economy, and social and labor history.
I am currently working on two book-length projects. My first book, Parasite Capitalism: The Transpacific Black Market and Sexual Economies of the Korean War, is a study of the sexual black market that was formed across the US, Japan and South Korea during the Korean War. By tracing the transpacific circulation and commodification process of army supplies and military scrip mediated by sexual transactions between US servicemen and local women, this book centers the sexual economy in the analysis of global military capitalism in early Cold War context.
My second project, Base Work: Writing Military Occupation as Labor History, seeks to rewrite the history of military occupation through the experiences of indigenous workers on US overseas bases. I am offering courses on the history of modern Korea and Asia, global feminism, and war and occupation in post-1945 Asia.
“From Military Supplies to Wartime Commodities: The Black Market for Sex and Goods during the Korean War,” Radical History Review 2019 (133): 11-30.