KORE Members


Laam Hae Laam Hae is Associate Professor in the Department of Politics at York University. She studies and teaches subjects regarding urban political economy and social movements with the framework of socialist feminism and decolonial epistemologies. Laam has written about popular struggles over gentrification, city marketing, zoning regulations, the militarization of urban space, and “the right to the city,” both in North America and South Korea. Her work is concerned about developing decolonial knowledge about Korea and its relevance to the transnational social justice solidarity.


Theresa Hyun


Theresa Hyun is Full Professor of Korean Studies in the Department of Humanities at York University. She held a tenured faculty position with the College of Foreign Languages of Kyunghee University for ten years. She came to York University in the early 1990s where she taught the first courses on Korean culture and literature and was instrumental in establishing Korean studies. Her undergraduate and graduate teaching covers a variety of topics and approach Korean studies from historical and feminist perspectives. Her scholarly publications examine Korean culture and literature from the point of view of Translation and Comparative Studies. Her current research involves an exploration of literary translation in North Korea focusing on the agency and the role of individual translators in the establishment of the socialist society.


Mihyon Jeon is Associate Professor and teaches Korean language and culture at York University. She joined York University in 2005 after receiving her PhD in Education Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She has developed the Korean section within the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics by designing and offering a variety of courses including advance-level Korean language, Korean Popular Culture, Korean Cinema, Korean Linguistics, etc. She has received grants from York University (Teaching-Learning Development Grant) and the Ontario government (Ontario Online Initiative Fund) for developing online and blended courses. Her research interests include Korean language education as a heritage language in North America and English as second language education in Asia. She focuses on language ideologies and maintenance issues among Korean immigrants in North America as well as native-speaking English teachers’ transnational experiences and identities who teach English in Asia.


Hong Kal is Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Art & Art History at York University. She has written about colonial expositions, museums, memorials and urban built environments in relation to the construction of Korean nationalism, by linking concepts of visual spectacle, urban space and cultural politics. Her current research explores visual representations of historical and social traumas in South Korea. Her publication includes Aesthetic Constructions of Korean Nationalism: Spectacle, Politics and History (Routledge 2011) as well as articles in journals and edited volumes. She is currently working on a book project titled Visualizing Griefs: Mediating Violence and Trauma in South Korea.


Ann H. Kim Ann H. Kim is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at York University. Her research interests include three main areas: migration studies, race and ethnicity, and urban sociology, and she has a long-standing interest in the Korean diaspora. She is a co-editor of Korean Immigrants in Canada: Perspectives on Migration, Integration and the Family (2012), and Outward and Upward Mobilities: International Students in Canada, Their Families, and Structuring Institutions (2019), both from the University of Toronto Press, and International Students from Asia in Canadian Universities: Institutional Challenges at the Intersection of Internationalization, Inclusion, and Racialization (2024 Routledge). She was also a guest editor of the special issue, “International Students From Asia in Canada’s Postsecondary Institutions: Disconnections and Connections,” published in the Comparative and International Education Journal (November 2022).


Janice C.H. Kim Janice C. H. Kim is a historian of modern Korea, specializing in gender, labour, war and migration in the twentieth century. She is author of several articles including: “Pusan at War: Refuge, Relief and Resettlement in the Temporary Capital, 1950–1953,” JAEAR (2017), “The Pacific War and Working Women in Late-Colonial Korea,” Signs (2007). She is author of To Live to Work: Factory Women in Colonial Korea, 1910–1945 (Stanford University Press 2009). She is Associate Professor of History at York University.
Sun Ho Ko Sunho Ko is a cultural historian of modern Korean history with expertise in food and agriculture. He received a PhD degree from the University of Toronto with a dissertation on the cultural history of food in wartime colonial Korea under Japanese rule. He is revising his dissertation into a book, entitled Food for Empire: Wartime Food Politics on the Korean Homefront, 1937–1945, pays special attention to the operation of colonial power in daily food production and consumption during the years of total war. As part of the book project, his article, “Managing Colonial Diets: Wartime Nutritional Science on the Korean Population, 1937–1945” was published in the Journal of Social History of Medicine. He is also expanding his research period from colonial Korea to postcolonial Korea, in particular, North Korea to explore new topics of socialism, the Cold War, animal studies and environmental history. Research aside, I have also become active in the discussion of the recent historiography on North Korea through translation and review articles in Korean. At York University, he has offered a diverse array of courses encompassing Korean cultural and historical topics including food, film, literature, visual culture and the immigrant experience.
Thomas Klassen


Thomas Klassen is Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University. He was a Visiting Professor for several years at Yonsei University. His recent publications include the edited volume, Policy Analysis in South Korea (2023). He is the co-author of The Essential Guide to Studying Abroad: From Success in the Classroom to a Fulfilling Career (2020). His co-edited book Korea's Retirement Predicament: The Ageing Tiger was translated and published in China in 2024. He regularly teaches a York University summer study abroad course in South Korea.


Ahrong Lee is Assistant Professor and teaches Korean language and culture in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics at York University. Her research areas of interest include Korean linguistics, Korean language education, foreign language pedagogy, curriculum development, and integration of technology in foreign language education. She has published and presented papers on the sound structures of Korean and English and language acquisition/pedagogy since 2004. She has adapted a wide range of courses into an online format. She has been involved in a variety of community activities with the Korean Education Centre at the Consulate General of the Republic of Korea in Toronto.


Regina Lee Regina Lee, PhD, PEng is Professor at the Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering, York University, Toronto, Canada. Professor Lee received her PhD from the University of Toronto in 2000. It has been a focus of her research to develop a series of satellite technologies that will lead to scientific nanosatellite missions. Currently, she’s investigating several areas including MEMS based attitude sensors and actuators to incorporate their low-grade characteristics; and optical payloads including a star tracker for Resident Space Object (RSO) detection, identification, and characterization with light curve analysis. In recent years, Lee’s research has expanded to develop synergistic strategies across space engineering, community practice, and visual arts to catalyze a collective imagination. Building on this recent experience, Lee is interested in understanding (and potentially developing) strategies to bridge between Korean studies and science & engineering (STEM) practice
Hyun Ok Park Hyun Ok Park is Full Professor of Sociology at York University and is the past Director of KORE. She joined York University in 2007 after receiving her PhD in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and taught at New York University. Her research interests concern broad questions on the dynamics of global capitalism in colonial, industrial, and financial forms, in the shape of two entwined inquiries. The first strand investigates the constitutive effect of global capitalism on political transformation, including nationalism, democracy and socialism. The second inquiry focuses on the experience of such social, economic and political transformation by labourers, ethnic and diasporic minorities, and refugees. She is the author of Two Dreams in One Bed: Empire, Social Life, and the Origins of the North Korean Revolution in Manchuria (Duke University Press 2005). Her latest book is The Capitalist Unconscious: From Korean Unification to Transnational Korea (Columbia University Press 2015; paperback 2018; and the Korean translation forthcoming from Chŏnnyŏn ŭi sangsang).


Associate Members




Michelle Cho is a Korea Foundation Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at University of Toronto. She is completing a book entitled The Disenchantment of the Global: Post-millennial South Korean Cinema, which analyzes the form and function of South Korean genre cinemas in the "Sunshine Policy" decade to ask what the anachronism of cold war signifiers amidst post-cold war migrant flows and political realignments can tell us about media, history and geopolitics. Her current research pursues the relationship between popular culture and populism in South Korea as well as the construction of identity in South Korean media’s popular representation of diasporic subject.
Sonny Cho is Senior Fellow at Global Public Affairs and President and CEO of the Canada Korea Business Council. At Global, he advises international clients on how to incorporate a winning public affairs strategy when expanding their business, including the important step of achieving broader engagement with community and public-sector stakeholders. At CKBC, he promotes Canada’s business, trade, and investment attraction with South Korea.


Yujeong Choi is Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. In 2012, she received her PhD degree in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her research interests include applied linguistics, Korean pedagogy and Korean linguistics. She currently teaches Korean language courses. Her research interest is literacy education.

Hae Yeon Choo is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Affiliated Faculty of the Asian Institute and the Women and Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Choo’s research centres on gender, transnational migration and citizenship to examine global social inequality. Her first book, Decentering Citizenship: Gender, Labor, and Migrant Rights in South Korea (Stanford University Press 2016) reveals citizenship as a language of social and personal transformation within the pursuit of dignity, security and mobility. She was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, in Princeton in 2018–2019, working on her project on the politics of land ownership in South Korea.

Angie Y. Chung is Professor in the Department of Sociology at the State University of New York at Albany. She is author of Saving Face: The Emotional Costs of the Asian Immigrant Family Myth (Rutgers University Press 2016) and Legacies of Struggle: Conflict and Cooperation in Korean American Politics (Stanford University Press 2007). She was lead on a National Science Foundation-funded project on immigrant redevelopment politics in Koreatown and Monterey Park and a preliminary study on East Asian international students. She has published on the topics of ethnic politics, interethnic coalitions, immigrant families, ethnic enclaves and second generation.
Daehee Kim is Associate Professor in Korean Language Education at Wonkwang University, South Korea. His research interests include media literacy, Korean heritage language education, Korean language education pedagogy, and language ideologies. He has published a wide range of journal articles and published translated books from English to Korea.
Kyoungrok Ko Kyoungrok Ko is Associate Professor at the University of Toronto. He teaches Korean language courses in the Department of East Asian Studies. He is a former board member of the American Association of Teachers of Korean and a recipient of the 2016 University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s Outstanding Teaching Award. His scholarly interests include: Korean pedagogy, foreign/second language writing pedagogy, and integration of technology in language education.
Min-Jung Kwak is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Saint Mary’s University, Halifax. She is an economic and social geographer with broad research interests in immigration and settlement studies. Focusing on Korean-Canadian experiences in major Canadian cities, she has conducted research in international education industry, immigrant entrepreneurship, and transnational migrant family experiences. More recently, her research focuses on accessibility and transnational dimension of immigrant healthcare services.

Yoonkyung Lee is Associate Professor in Sociology at the University of Toronto. She is a political sociologist specializing in labour politics, social movements, political representation, and the political economy of neoliberalism with a regional focus on East Asia. She was a Korea Foundation Endowed Chair of Korean Studies (2016–2021). She is the author of Militants or Partisans: Labor Unions and Democratic Politics in Korea and Taiwan (Stanford University Press 2011) and numerous journal articles that have appeared in Globalizations, Studies in Comparative International Development, Asian Survey, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Critical Asian Studies, Global Asia, and Korea Observer.

Adrienne Lo is a linguistic anthropologist. She is Associate Professor at the University of Waterloo and the co-editor of Beyond Yellow English: Toward a Linguistic Anthropology of Asian Pacific America (Oxford 2009) and South Korea’s Education Exodus: The Life and Times of Study Abroad. (Center for Korean Studies, University of Washington 2014). She worked on a collaborative research project (funded by the Spencer Foundation) investigating the internationalization of the undergraduate student body at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her current research examines ideologies of multilingualism in the South Korean popular media and the history of the racialization of Asian American linguistic competencies.

Daniel Pieper received his PhD in Asian Studies in 2017 from the University of British Columbia, and an MA in East Asian studies from Washington University. His PhD examined the emergence of language education as a discrete element in the modern school, the textual differentiation process of cosmopolitan Hanmun and vernacular Korean, and the role of language ideology in directing language standardization and informing the larger paradigm of linguistic modernity in pre-colonial and colonial-era Korea.
Hyunjung Shin is Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies at the University of Saskatchewan. She received her PhD in Second Language Education from the University of Toronto. She has been a visiting scholar at the Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies, Department of Anthropology at Seoul National University. Her research interests include globalization, transnationalism and language education focusing on Korean diaspora in Canada, and identity and English language education for Korean/Korean-Canadian students and families in Canada.