Department of East Asian Studies
University of Toronto
He is working as Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at the university of Toronto
My research and teaching focus on 19th and 20thcentury Korea, as seen against the broader context of East Asian and world history. I am currently working on a book dealing with the cultural history of the Cold War. By focusing on dominant ideologies of domesticity in north and south Korea, this project comparatively explores postwar reconstruction efforts during the 1950s on both sides of the demilitarized zone. This means reading a range of materials – from child rearing manuals, to government housing reports and from newspaper advertisements to family magazines – that allow me to investigate how two populations could be variously mobilized toward different yet parallel political and economic enterprises: capitalism in the south and socialism in the north.