Jooyeon Rhee

Dr. Jooyeon Rhee

Lecturer, Department of Asian Studies
jooyeon rhee


Higher Education

2012-2013      Luce Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Wittenberg University, Ohio

2005-2011       Ph.D. at York University: Department of Humanities. Ph.D. conferred in May 12, 2011

2004-2005       MA at York University: Department of Humanities

1996-2003       BA at York University: Art History and Creative Arts (double major)


Research Interests

  • Gender and Modernity in Colonial Korea
  • Literature and film of Korean Diaspora in Japan
  • Gender and ethnicity in Korean Popular culture
  • Translation of Korean and Japanese Literature


Grants and Fellowships

2015-8             Seed Program for Korean Studies Grant for The Promotion of education and research programs in Korean Studies at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.” (PI). The Academy of Korean Studies     

2015-8             Research Grant for “The Empire of Crime: Class, Race and Gender in Korean Detective Fiction, 1910s–1940s.” (PI). The Israeli Science Foundation

2014-5             The Hebrew University International Scientific Conference Grant Competition, “Transnational Cultural Interactions between Korea and Japan: From the Pre-modern to the Colonial Period,” May 17-19, 2015

2014-5             Frieberg East Asian Research Centre, Conference Grant, “Transnational Cultural Interactions between Korea and Japan: From the Pre-modern to the Colonial Period,” May 17-19, 2015

2014-5             Co-applied with Nissim Otmazgin, Ingyu Oh, and Gil Sung Park. Korea Foundation Research Grant, “Hallyu in the Middle East,” The Truman Institute and Institute of Hallyu Convergence Research of Korea University

2014-6             Co-applied with Nissim Otmazgin and Orna Naftali. The Truman Institute Research, “Global Cities and Middle Class in East Asia

2012-2013       Grant for Korean Literature Studies Overseas, The Daesan Foundation

2012                Short-Term Research Travel Grant, Korea Foundation and The Northeast Asia Council (NEAC)

2012                Research Assistantship Grant, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

2010                Graduate Assistantship Grant, Faculty of Graduate Studies/SSHRC

2008                Ontario International Education Opportunity Scholarships

2006-2007       Graduate Development Fund Competition, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University

2006-2009       Canada Graduate Scholarship, Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)

2006                Albert Chan Fellowship, York Centre for Asian Research


Awards and Fellowship

  • 2013-4             Golda Meir Fellowship Lectureship Awards, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • 2013                Nominee for the Womyn’s Center Woman of the Year Award, Wittenberg University, Ohio


Appointments and Fellowships

July 2013 - Present     Lecturer (tenure-track), Department of Asian Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Oct. 2014 - Present     Research Fellow, The Harry S. Truman Institute for the Advancement of Peace

Oct. 2011- Present      Research Associate, York Centre for Asian Research, York University, Toronto

Sep. 2014 - Present     Cultural Ambassador of Incheon City

Aug.2012- May 2013  Luce Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Wittenberg University, Ohio

Sep. 2011- Apr.2012   Lecturer, York University/University of Toronto

Sep. 2011- June 2012 Visiting Researcher, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Toronto                                   

May - July 2010          Lecturer, Ontario College of Arts and Design University, Toronto


Selected Publications

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

(forthcoming). “Making Sense of Fiction: Social and Political Functions of Serialized Fiction in The Daily News (Maeil sinbo) in 1910s Korea.” Journal of Korean Studies (Spring 2017). 40 pages

 “The Politics of Romance in Colonial Korea: An Investigation of a Korean Translation of the Japanese Romance Novel, The Gold Demon.” Sungkyun Journal of East Asian Studies, Volume 15, no. 1 (April 2015): 69-87.

“No Country for the New Woman”: Rethinking Gender and Cultural Nationalism in Colonial Korea through Kim Myǒngsun.” Acta Koreana. Volume 17, no. 1 (June 2014): 399-427. 

On “The Value of Literature” and “What is Literature?” Azalea: Journal of Korean Culture and Literature, volume 4, Harvard University and University of Hawaii Press (2011): 283-5.

“Na Un Kyu and the Making of Nationalistic Films in South and North Korea,” Journal of Japanese and Korean Cinema, vol. 1, no. 1 inaugural issue (2009): 27-43. 

 “Aesthetics of Disappearance: The metaphor of suicide and the politics of memory in modern Japan and Korea,” A Peer-Reviewed Electronic Journal for Asian Studies on the Pacific Coast, 2008-9,

 “Manifestation of ‘Japanese Spirit’ in Wartime Japan: Focusing on Images of Women in Films, The New Earth and the Suicide Troops of the Watchtower.” SAI: The Journal of the International Association of Korean Literary and Cultural Studies, 2008, pp. 207-240.



Chapters in Books

(forthcoming) “Collective Nostalgia and Anxiety in Korean Film Music: Im Kwǒnt’aek’s Use of P’ansori in Sǒp’yǒnje,” in Film Music in Minor National Cinema. Edited by Gérman Gil Guriel, New York: Bloomsbury Publishing, December 2016, 25 pp.

“Chasing the Monster: Representation of Korean Residents in Japan and Human Rights in Oshima Nagisa’s Film, Death by Hanging.” Human Rights and the Arts: Perspectives on Global Asia. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Publishers, November 16, 2014, pp. 153-168.

 “Gender and Nation: Japanese War Propaganda Films.” Included in Korean Culture in the Late Colonial Period. Edited by Watanabe Naoki and Hwang Hoduk. Seoul: Somyǒng, 2010, pp. 393-423.


Edited Journal/Volumes

Jooyeon Rhee and Hong Kal (eds), Introduction and Descriptions of collected essays for a section, “War and Visual Culture” in the Japan Focus Reader, Japan Focus, November 2012, pp. 1-230.


Other Publications

Book Reviews

Choi, Hyaeweol. New Women in Colonial Korea: A Sourcebook. New York: Routledge, 2012. The Journal of Korean Studies. Volume 19, No. 2 (Fall 2014): 468-472.

Choi, Min Koo. Voices of the New Woman in Colonial Korea: Generic and Linguistic Interplay in the Construction of Self-Narratives. PhD dissertation. University of Hawaii, Manoa. Dissertation Review. March 2014, 6 pp.


Film Reviews

 “On Strokes of Fire” (dir. Im Kwǒnt’aek 2002)/ “On The Aimless Bullet” (dir. Yu Hyǒnmok 1961)/”On The Power of Kangwǒn Province” (dir. Hong Sangsu 1998). Directory of World Cinema: South Korea. London, UK: Intellect Ltd, December 15, 2013, pp. 58-9/78-9/127-8.


Public Journals

“Migrant Workers and Foreign Brides in ‘Multicultural Korea’”. Perspectives Internationales. November 11, 2014.





WHITE. Written by Kenya Hara, (from Japanese to English). Tokyo:   Chuokoron Shinsha, 2008, 64 pp.

*published in Japan in 2008. South Korean, Chinese, Taiwanese, and German versions, all including my English text, were published in 2009.


Chapters in Books

 “Red Dates” (Natsume) by Yuasa Katsuei (from Japanese to English), Human Rights and the Arts in Global Asia: An Anthology, ed. Ted Goossen and Anindo Hazra, Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Press, November 16, 2014, pp. 77-95.

 “Led by the Scarlet Pleats: Robert Bresson’s L’argent.” by Hasumi Shigehiko (from Japanese to English), in a new edition of the book, Robert Bresson, Toronto: Cinematheque Ontario, 2011, pp. 533-545.

 “Kim Saryang and Joy Kogawa,” written by Ted Goossen, (from English to Korean), Seoul: Somyǒng, in Korean Culture in the Late Colonial Period. Seoul: Somyǒng, 2010, pp. 208-223.


Articles and Essays

 “The Land of the Indian Ocean Literature: A Dialogue,” by J. Nalisosa Ravalitera and Lee Sukho, in Barima Literary Magazine: Towards Creative Values in the Age of Globalization. Asia-Africa-Latin America Literary Research Institute. Seoul: Kukhak charyowon, 2013, pp. 146-152.

 “War Propaganda and Entertainment: Korea-Japan Collaboration Films, Suicide Squad of the Watchtower (1943) and Love and Pledge (1945), and Directors, Imai Tadashi and Ch’oe In’gyu. (from Japanese to English). Written by Watanabe Naoki. Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Reviews. No. 5, 2012, pp. 88-113. 

*refereed journal

 “The Value of Literature” (Munhak ǔi kach’i) and “What is Literature?” (Munhak iran hao) written by Yi Kwangsu, (from Korean to English), Azalea: Journal of Korean Culture and Literature, volume 4. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2011, pp. 287-291/pp. 293-313.

* Invited to contribute commentaries on translations in the same volume, pp. 283-5.

** Refereed journal


Reviewer For

  • Journal of Korean Studies
  • Dissertation News
  • Acta Koreana
  • Romanian Journal of Sociology


Invited Speaker                                                                                                       

Invited Seminar Lecturer, “The Economy of Pleasure and Survival: An Investigation of Gendered Labour in Colonial Korea,” Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, Jan. 28 and 29, 2015.

Guest Speaker, “Human Rights and Zainichi in Oshima Nagisa’s Film,” Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel, April 1, 2014.

Honorary Lecturer, “Gender and Colonialism in Korea,” Sungkyunkwan University, Seoul, Korea, February 4 and 5, 2014.

Honorary Speaker, “Historical Film in Korea,” Korean Film Festival in Israel, November 22, 2013.

“Translating Love: Newspaper-serialized Fiction in Colonial Korea,” East Asian Studies Program Colloquia, Wittenberg University, April 9, 2013.

“Riding the Korean Wave: Latest cultural trend driving Kanadians krazy for music,” interview. National Post, Canada, April 9, 2012.

“Engineering Fictions: Constructions of Everyday Life in Early Modern Korean Literature, 1910-1916, Asian Institute, University of Toronto, January 20, 2012.

“Exhibition Organization for Emerging Curators, Cambridge Galleries, organized by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, February 21, 2006.

“Introducing Modigliani,” video-taped at Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, All TV, November, 2005. 

“The Art of Survival” (Inuit sculpture and graphic arts from Cape Dorset), McMaster Museum of Art, June 20, 2004.


Organizing Academic Events                                                                                      

May 17-19, 2015               Organizer, “Transnational Cultural Interactions between Korea and Japan: From Pre-modern to Colonial Period,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

May 13-15, 2014               Co-organizer, “Cultural Geography of Hallyu: Mapping the World through Korean Popular Culture,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

Nov., 2014           Organizer, “Korean Studies Day at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem,” The Hebrew University of Jerusalem



Invited Speaker

May 23-5, 2015  “Richard Kim and Writing as “the Proof of Life”.” Cross-Currents International Forum, UC Berkeley, California, USA

May 20-1, 2015  “The [Im]mobility of Vengeful Masculinity in Colonial Space: Focusing On A Korean Adaptation of The Count of Monte Cristo.” Association of Asian Studies in Japan, Tokyo

May 26, 2014      "Popularizing the Unpopular: Foreign Brides, Migrant Workers, and the Politics of Recognition in Korean Popular Culture." 12th Biennial Conference of Asian Studies, University of Haifa, Israel 

May 14, 2014      “Politics of Film or Film Politics?: The Cinematic Geography of Politics in Contemporary Korea.” Hallyu in the Middle East International Conference, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

May 8, 2013        “Locating Home: Assessing Multiculturalism in South Korea Through  Hallyu.” The “Miracle” Narrative of the Korean Cultural Industries: Perspectives from the Middle East. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

April 12, 2013     “From Arirang to Gangnam Style: Teaching Korean Literature, Film, and Pop Culture at the Crossroads of Colonialism and Nationalism.” ASIANetwork Conference, Nashville, Tennessee.

Feb. 22, 2013      “Oppa Goes to Latin America: The Emergence and Development of South Korean Pop Culture.” the 12th Ohio Latin American Conference (OLAC). Springfield, Ohio.

Jan. 18, 2013       “Translating Emotion: Gendered Representation of Modernity in Newspaper-Serialized Fiction in 1910s Colonial Korea,”AAS Southeast Conference. Wilmington, North Carolina.

May 2012             “Undoing Nationalistic Historiography of Korean Film,” Film workshop at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), Toronto, Canada.

May 2012             “Chasing Monster: A Critical Analysis of Oshima Nagisa’s Death by Hanging in Human Rights Context,” International Workshop organized by Literatures and Human Rights in Asia and Asian Diaspora, Toronto.

Mar. 22, 2012     “Dumas Goes to Asia: Justice and Order in East Asia Envisioned in a Korean translation of The Count of Monte Cristo, Neptune (1916-7),” AAS Annual Conference, Toronto.

Apr. 2, 21011      “A Korean Translation of Ozaki Koyo’s The Gold Demon,” AAS Annual Conference, Hawai’i

Mar. 5, 2011       “Mencius’ Mother in Armour,” University of Toronto Graduate Conference, Toronto, Canada

July 16, 2010       “Yi Sang Conference,” Celebrating Modern Korean Literature and Culture Conference, Musashi University, Tokyo

Sep. 26, 2008      “Images of Women in Postcards in Colonial Korea,” York University International Graduate Students Conference, Toronto

Feb. 8, 2008        “Propaganda and Melodrama: representation of women in the film, The Straits of Chosŏn, and in the   literature, The Chapter of Thistle,” Columbia University Graduate Students Conference, New York, USA.

June 23, 2007     “Na Un-Kyu’s Arirang and the making of a national narrative”, The Asian Studies Conference Japan,  Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo, Japan.

Mar. 30, 2007     “Na Un-Kyu’s Arirang and the making of a national narrative”, Graduate Students Conference, East Asian Studies, Harvard University.

May 2006             “A Victorian Samurai: Nakamura Keiu and his translation of Self-Help”, Graduate Conference, Division of Humanities, York University, Toronto.

Mar. 2006            “Nation Imagined”, Imitation and Transgression, Graduate Conference of East Asian Studies, University of Toronto, Toronto.

May 2005             “Virtual Suicide or Techno Sublime?” A common ground, Graduate students conference, Division of Humanities, York University, Toronto


Symposium and Workshops

2010 - 11              Colonial workshop at the Centre for the Study of Korea, University of Toronto

2010                       Gender and Cultural Production, Centre for Feminist Research, York University

July, 2009             Dissertation Workshop, Centre for East Asian and Pacific Studies, University of Illinois, Champagne

Sep., 2008            International Symposium, “Behind the Lines: Culture in Late Colonial Korea,” York Centre for Asian Research, Toronto

2007 - 8                Jinbun hyōronkai (Research Group of Humanities and Criticism Workshop), Waseda University/Musashi University, Tokyo. 



Memberships and Services

Current                Member of Association for Asian Studies (AAS)

Current                Member of Modern Language Association (MLA)

2009                   Member of Recruitment Committee, Division of Humanities, York  University

2008-2010            Member of Executive Committee, York Centre for Asian Research, York University

2006-2007            Member of Tenure and Promotion Committee, Division of  Humanities, York University

                           Member of Executive Committee, York Centre for Asian Research

2004-2005            Representative, Graduate Students Association, York University


Language Skills

  • Korean, native fluency in reading and writing
  • Japanese, excellent reading skills/advanced level in speaking
  • Classical Chinese, reading knowledge (intermediate)


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