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.

Winter 2018

ASIA357 Modern Korean Literature in Translation Sections

Selected fiction and poetry written between 1917 and the present.

Winter 2018

ASIA452 Literature of the Korean Diaspora Sections

A survey of literature, in translation, from the Korean diaspora, focusing on writing by ethnic Koreans in North America, Europe, and Japan.

Winter 2018

KORN440A Supervised Study in the Korean Language - SPRV STDY KORN Sections

Seminar in Korean-to-English literary translation. Primarily for, but not limited to, students in Asian Studies and Linguistics.

Winter 2018

KORN410A Modern Korean Short Fiction - MOD KORN SHRT FC Sections

Reading and translating twentieth-century Korean short fiction.

Winter 2018

ASIA570A Approaches to Asian Literature - APPR TO ASIA LIT Sections