KORE Members


Laam Hae is an 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 critical-race theory. Hae 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 East Asia (specializing particularly in South Korea).



Theresa Hyun is a Full Professor of the Department of Humanities at York University, where she teaches Korean culture and literature. Her representative book-length publications include: Writing Women in Korea (University of Hawaii, 2004), A Cup of Tea at P’anmunjum (original Korean-English poetry) (2012) and Riding the Peace Express (original Korean-English poetry (2016), both from Siwa Sihak. Her current research focuses on literary translation in North Korea.

Mihyon Jeon is an Associate Professor of the Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics, York University. She investigates language ideologies and maintenance issues among Korean immigrants as well as the transnational experiences of native-speaking English teachers. She is the author of New Generation Korean (published August 31, 2020) and several articles appearing in many journals, including Journal of SociolinguisticsModern Language JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, and Heritage Language Journal.

Hong Kal is an Associate Professor of Visual Art and Art History at the School of the Arts, Media, Performance, and Design at York University. She teaches art and visual culture of East Asia. She is the author of Aesthetic Constructions of Korean Nationalism: Spectacle, Politics and History (Routledge, 2011). Her current research focuses on trauma art, socially engaged art, and artistic intervention in gentrification in Korea.

Ann H. Kim is an 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. She is the 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.


Thomas Klassen is a Professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University. He has been a Visiting Professor in many institutions in Korea, including Yonsei University. His publications include the edited volumes, Retirement in Japan and South Korea: The past, the present and the future of mandatory retirement (2015); Korea's retirement predicament: The ageing tiger (2014); and Retirement, work and pensions in ageing Korea (2010).

Ahrong Lee is an Assistant Professor of the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. She received her Ph.D. in English (2009), concentrating in Linguistics, from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Her research interests include Korean linguistics, second-language acquisition, foreign-language pedagogy, curriculum development, and the integration of technology in foreign-language education.

Hyun Ok Park is a Professor of Sociology at York University. Her research focuses on global capitalism, critical theory. transnationalism and diaspora, and empire. 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), and The Capitalist Unconscious: From Korean Unification to Transnational Korea (Columbia University Press, 2015).

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 the 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 centers 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 will be a member of the Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, in Princeton during the AY 2018–2019, working on her new project on the politics of land ownership in South Korea.

Angie Y. Chung is Professor in the Department of Sociology, 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 is currently working 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 also 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 is Associate Professor in the University of Toronto. He is currently coordinating the Korean language program and teaching 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, 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 is also the 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 an associate professor at Waterloo University 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 is working 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 Ph.D. in Second Language Education from the University of Toronto. She is currently 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.