Cluster 2: Member Bios

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).

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. Her articles appeared in many journals, including Journal of SociolinguisticsModern Language JournalJournal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, and Heritage Language Journal.

Sonny Cho is President and CEO of the Canada Korea Business Council. He is responsible for developing, promoting and operating the Canada Korea Business Council (CKBC). The CKBC is Canada’s business, export trade, and investment attraction facilitator, catalyst and advocate on Korea. He serves on several volunteer organizations as the Director of the Board of Directors of Ontario Place Corporation, the Business Advisor of KIGA Labs, Chairman of the Korean Canadian Business Association of North Toronto and the Lead Advisor of the Korean Community Nursing Home Acquisition-Development Committee.

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.

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.

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.