Associate Professor
Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature and Literary Translation

I feel privileged to be part of the vibrant, welcoming community of scholars that is Asian Studies at UBC. As the inaugural holder of the Young-Bin Min Chair in Korean Literature and Literary Translation I offer instruction in Korean-to-English literary translation and both traditional and modern Korean literature. In my literature courses I focus on close reading and textual analysis with an eye to distinguishing the variety of voices and narrative techniques that constitute a millennia-old literary tradition. My research interests lie in modern Korean fiction and its translation; intertextuality and intermediality in Korean literature past and present; and non-mainstream Korean literature, such as women’s literature, military camptown fiction, and the literature of the Korean diaspora. As a supervisor of graduate students I work closely with Dr. Ross King, providing practical training in literary translation, field mastery, and the reading of Korean texts both modern and premodern. As a mentor I encourage my graduate students not only to translate and write but, whenever possible, to publish and to present at conferences and workshops.  I expect my students to grow both personally and professionally at UBC and ultimately to develop competency not only in their chosen workplace but in the community and the larger world as well.

KORN410A Modern Korean Short Fiction – MOD KORN SHRT FC

Reading and translating twentieth-century Korean short fiction.

KORN410B Modern Korean Short Fiction – MOD KORN SHRT FC

Reading and translating twentieth-century Korean short fiction.

KORN440A Supervised Study in the Korean Language – SPRV STDY KORN

Primarily for students in Asian Studies and Linguistics.

KORN440B Supervised Study in the Korean Language – SPRV STDY KORN

Primarily for students in Asian Studies and Linguistics.

ASIA347 Traditional Korean Literature in Translation

An introduction to Korean literature from ancient times to 1900.

ASIA357 Modern Korean Literature in Translation

Selected novels and stories written between 1906 and the present.

ASIA447 Korean Women’s Literature

Women’s voices and issues in the Korean literary tradition, from earliest times to the new millennium, in translation.

ASIA452 Literature of the Korean Diaspora

ASIA457 The Modern Korean Novel

Survey of major single-volume novels, ranging from Yi Kwang-su’s Heartlessness to Ch’oe Yun’s There a Petal Silently Falls, in translation.

ASIA580B Directed Readings – DIRECTED READING