Monica W. Cho
Monica's dissertation project focuses on the topic of madness in post-Korean War to contemporary literature. Her research centers on madness not only as a literary trope for a reflection on and solution for larger socio-political concerns, but also as a way of questioning the possibility of existence outside the existing system. In particular, Monica emphasizes the critical inquiry on the framework of madness from philosophical, psychiatric, and social traditions. Monica's areas of specialty are modern Korean literature and history, ecocriticism, feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies, and medical humanities.
Zach Gottesman is interested in Korean popular culture, new media forms, and transnational culture flows in Japan and South Korea. He studies online and offline communities in order to understand how today's participatory media reflects contemporary South Korea and the larger world system.
Soojin's research interests are communication studies, Asian-American studies, literary studies and gender studies in Korea and Japan.
Adam's research centers on gender and sexuality in contemporary Korean literature and film. He is particularly interested in exploring constructions and representations of masculinity in the post-democratization period through the present day. His research interests also include speculative fiction, poetry, and critical theory.
Sara is interested in modern Japanese literature, particularly the biographical novels of Setouchi Jakucho on the new women of Japan in the early twentieth century. She is also interested in Japanese Buddhism, shamanism, and new religions.
Adam's main interest is contemporary Japanese literature and film, especially within the context of Japan’s postcolonial relations. He is currently exploring narratives dealing with the disruption of Okinawan culture and society by Japanese and American forces. Adam is also interested in humor theory, the connection between aesthetics and politics, KyÅgen plays, anime, and other popular Japanese art forms.
Yaqi's primary research interest is Japanese cinema and media, especially the filmic and media experience concerning landscape, atmosphere, and surroundings. She focuses on postwar Japanese cinema and literature. Yaqi is also interested in film theory, the question of modernity in East Asia, and postwar Japanese/East Asian pop culture.
Sophie's research interests are travel photography, ethnography, food studies, environmental politics, and multimedia storytelling.
Yee-Kwan (Vanessa) Wong
Vanessa is interested in the social changes reflected in modern fiction from various Chinese communities, the literary connections and distinctions between Hong Kong and China, and the city’s position in the context of greater China.
Xiaoyang's research interests are Japanese literature and cinema and film studies.