Hyung-Gu Lynn is the AECL/KEPCO Chair in Korean Research and the Editor of  Pacific Affairs, the leading academic journal in interdisciplinary studies of contemporary Asia and the Pacific.

A historian by training, Dr. Lynn’s research focuses on Korea and Japan, ranging in chronological coverage from the late-19th century to the present, and in subject matter from international relations to contemporary popular culture. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University and his MA and BA from the University of British Columbia. He has recently been a visiting professor at Korea University, Seoul National University, and Kyushu University.


Bipolar Orders: The Two Koreas Since 1989(London: Zed Books, 2007).

Ordine bipolare: Le due Coree dal 1989 (Roma: EDT, 2009). Italian version of Bipolar Orders.

Editor, Critical Readings on the Colonial Period of Korea, 1910-1945, 4 volumes (Leiden: Brill, 2012).

Articles, Book Chapters (Selected)

“Globalization and the Cold War.” In Richard Immerman, and Petra Goede, eds., Oxford Handbook on the Cold War (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 584-601.

“Assessing Political Stability in Post-Kim Jong-Il North Korea.” Korea Economic Institute Academic Paper Series (2012): 1-12.

Review Essay: Kimjongilia and Crossing the Line.American Anthropologist, 113, no. 1 (2011): 156-158.

Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration in East Asia.”  Co-authored with Apichai Shipper, and Eunice Kang.  In Robert A. Denemark, ed., International Studies Compendium Project (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010).

“Migration Theory and Rural Migration in the Japanese Empire.”  Kankoku kenkyū senta- nenpō, No. 7 (2008): 1-17 (Japanese).

“Chūō Chōsen Kyōkai and Policy-Making in Colonial Korea.”  In Matsuda Toshihiko, ed., Nihon no Chōsen, Taiwan shihai to shokuminchi kanryō  (Kyoto: Kokusai Nihon bunka kenkyū senta-, 2008), pp. 325-339 (Japanese).

“History of Gendered Migration in the Two Koreas.”  Harvard Asia Quarterly, Vol. 11, No. 1 (Winter 2008): 16-31.

“Moving Pictures: Postcards of Colonial Korea.”  International Institute of Asian Studies Newsletter, No. 44 (Summer 2007): 8-9.

Vicarious Traumas: Television and Public Opinion in Japan’s North Korea Policy.” Pacific Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 3 (Fall 2006): 482-508.

“Malthusian Dreams, Colonial Imaginary: The Oriental Development Company and Emigration to Korea.” In Caroline Elkins and Susan Pedersen, eds., Settler Colonialism in the Twentieth Century: Projects, Practices and Legacies (London: Routledge, 2005), pp. 25-40.

“Indigi-nation: Politics of being/becoming indigenous in Malaysia, New Zealand, and Canada.” Co-authored with Tim Bunnell, and Ward Friesen. Association of Pacific Rim Universities APRU Working Paper (2005).Winner 6th Association of Pacific Rim Universities Fellows Paper Award, 2005.

Globalisation and Culture in the Asia-Pacific.” Media Times Review (February 2005).

“Powering the Ignorant Eye: Aesthetic Value and Korean Film.” Harvard Asia Pacific Review, Vol. 8, Issue 1 (Fall 2004): 22-25.

“Fashioning Modernity: Changing Meanings of Clothing in Colonial Korea.” Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 2005), pp. 75-93

“Antinomies of Distance and Desire: Epistemology of Korean History in North America,” (Pung-mi yǒn’guja ŭi Han’guk yǒksahak insik) Yoksa pip’yông (Critical History Review), (Spring 2004), pp. 159-179. (Korean).

“Industrial Surveys and Statistical Systems in Colonial Korea.” In Hwang In-sang, and Odaka Konosuke, eds, Long-term Economic Statistics of Korea (Tokyo: Hitotsubashi University, Institute of Economic Research, 2000), pp. 267-286.

“Systemic Lock: The Institutionalization of History in Post-1965 South Korea-Japan Relations.” The Journal of American East Asian Relations, Vol. 9, No. 1-2 (Spring/Summer 2000), pp. 55-84.

“Politics and Knowledge: The Tōyō Kyōkai’s  Informational and Political Projects, 1900-1945.”Takudai hyakunenshi kenkyû, No. 1-2 (April 1999), pp. 1-32.

“Ariyoshi Chūchi and Colonial Period Korea.” Transactions of the International Conference of Eastern Studies, No. 43 (1998), pp. 73-89.

“A Comparative Study of Tōyō Kyōkai and Nanyō Kyōkai.” In Harald Fuess, ed., The Japanese Empire and its Legacies (Munich: Iudicium Verlag, 1998), pp. 65-95.

“A Comparative Study of Network Systems among Korean and Japanese Auto Parts Suppliers.” Co-authored with, Kim Ki-Chan, and Nishiguchi Toshihiro, Journal of Productivity, 3, no. 1 (1997): 23-39.

  1. Non-refereed/media articles

“Music for the Mind? Virtuosity and Performativity in Celebrity Diplomacy,” Asia Pacific Memo, #314, October 29, 2014.

“North Korean Insiders: Some Give and Take with the Founders of Koryo Tours: Interview,” Asia Pacific Memo, #290, April 29, 2014.

“Of Sea Squirts and FTAs,” Asia Pacific Memo, #283, April 1, 2014.

“Against Abe: Listening for Oppositional Voices within Japan,” Asia Pacific Memo, #268, February 7, 2014.“

“Japan-South Korea Spat? Business As Usual,” CNN Global Public Square, August 22, 2012.

“Las relaciones norte-sur” (South Korea’s Relations with North Korea), Vanguardia Dossier (April 2012): 53-57 (Spanish).

“Il problema integrazione ci accomuna all’Occidente” (Problem of Integration with the West), Avvenire (June 5, 2011), A-17 (Italian).

“Bucunzai tongyide shijiexing youxiu biaozhun (A Unified Global Standard for Excellence does not exist), Zhonguo shehuixuebao (Chinese Social Sciences Today) (April 26, 2011): 1 (Chinese).

“Tuidong kuawenhua xueshu yanjiu” (Promoting Cross-Cultural Research). Zhonguo shehuixuebao (Chinese Social Sciences Today) (October 12, 2010): 17 (Chinese).

“Media Narratives and North Korea: Content Convergence in (Mis)reporting on the Fate of the North Korean National Soccer Team Coach,” Asia Pacific Memo, #10, August 10, 2010.

“Courts Decide on Work Hour Practices at Toyota and McDonald’s in Japan,” Asia Pacific Memo, #4, July 20, 2010.

“History of the Present in the Two Koreas.” Asia Pacific Report, 31, no. 1 (2007): 1, 4.

“Globalization and the Asia-Pacific Region.” Asia Pacific Report, 26, no. 1 (2002): 2.

“An American in Yokohama: An Interview with Bobby Rose.” Yokohama Echo, 24, no. 10 (1999): 1, 6.

“Bobby Rose: the Man Behind the Stereotypes.” Yoke Pier, no. 32 (November-December 1999): 4 (Japanese).

“The Bat and the Sword: Baseball in Yokohama.” Yokohama Echo, 23, no. 4 (1998): 1.

Book Reviews

Book Review, Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, by Suzy Kim (Cornell: Cornell University Press, 2013), American Historical Review, 119, no. 4 (2014): 1239-1240.

Book Review, Transitions and Non-Transitions from Communism: Regime Survival in China, Cuba, North Korea, and Vietnam, by Steven Saxonberg (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013); and Why Communism Did Not Collapse: Understanding Authoritarian Regime Resilience in Asia and Europe, edited by Martin K. Dimitrov (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), Pacific Affairs, 88 (2015).

Book Review, The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History, by Don Oberdorfer (New York: Basic Books, 2013), Global Asia, 9, no. 1 (2014): 108-111.

Book Review, Racial Representations in Asia, edited by Yasuko Takezawa (Kyoto: Kyoto University Press, 2011), Pacific Affairs, 85, no. 2 (June 2012): 383-385.

Book Review, Cultures at War: The Cold War and Cultural Expression in Southeast Asia, edited by Tony Day and Maya H.T. Liem (Cornell: Cornell University Press, 2010), Pacific Affairs, 84, no. 3 (2011): 600-601.

Book Review, Japanese Assimilation Policies in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945, by Mark Caprio (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2009), Journal of Economic and Social History of the Orient, 54, no. 4 (2011): 555-558.

Book Review, Photographies East: The Camera and Its Histories in East and Southeast Asia, edited by Rosalind Morris (Durham: Duke University Press, 2009), Pacific Affairs, 84, no. 1 (2011): 126-128.

Book Review, Beyond the Final Score: The Politics of Sport in Asia, by Victor Cha (New York: Columbia Press, 2009), Pacific Affairs, 83, no. 1 (2010): e1-3.

Book Review, Cosmopatriots: On Distant Belongings and Close Encounters, edited by Edwin Jurriëns and Jeroen de Kloet (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2007), Pacific Affairs, 82, no. 1 (2009): 118-119.

Book Review, State, Development and Identity in Multi-ethnic Societies: Ethnicity, Equity, and Nation, edited by Nicholas Tarling and Edmund Terence Gomez (London: Routledge, 2008), Pacific Affairs, 81, no. 4 (2008): 600-602.

Book Review, Towards Korean Reconciliation: Social-cultural exchanges and cooperation, by Gabriel Jonsson (London: Ashgate, 2006), East Asia: An International Quarterly, 25, no. 3 (2008): 317-319.

Book Review, Korea at the Center: Dynamics of Regionalism in Northeast Asia, edited by Charles Armstrong, Gilbert Rozman, Samuel S. Kim, and Stephen Kotkin (Armonk: M.E. Sharpe, 2006), Pacific Affairs, 80, no. 4 (2007): 681-683.

Book Review, Japan’s Colonization of Korea: Discourse and Power, by Alexis Dudden (Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2005), Journal of Japanese Studies, 33, no. 1 (2007): 202-206.

Book Review, The Dominion and the Rising Sun: Canada Encounters Japan, 1929-1941, by John D. Meehan  (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2004), University of Toronto Quarterly, 76, no. 1 (2006/2007): 533-534.

Book Review, Japan in a Dynamic Asia: Coping with the New Security Challenges, edited by Yoichiro Sato and Satu Limaye (Oxford: Lexington Books, 2006), Pacific Affairs, 79, no. 3 (2006): 536-538.

Book Review, The Past is Within Us: Media, Memory, History, by Tessa Morris-Suzuki (London: Verso, 2005), Pacific Affairs, 79, no. 2 (2006), pp. 303-304.

Book Review, The Challenge of Change: East Asia in the New Millennium, edited by David Arase (Berkeley: University of California, Institute of East Asian Studies, 2003), Pacific Affairs, 78, no. 3 (2005): 463-464.

Book Review, State Directed Development: Political Power and Industrialization in the Global Periphery, by Atul Kohli (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), Pacific Affairs, 78, no. 2 (2005): 277-278.

Book Review, Learning Places: Afterlife of Area Studies, edited by Masao Miyoshi and H.D. Harutoonian (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002), Pacific Affairs, 77, no. 2 (2004): 305-306.

Book Review, Globalizing Japan: Ethnography of the Japanese Presence in Asia, Europe, and America, edited by Harumi Befu, and Sylvie Guichard-Anguis (New York: Routledge, 2001), Pacific Affairs, 76, No. 3 (2003): 462-463.

Book Review, Internationalizing the Pacific: The United States, Japan, and the Institute of Pacific Relations in war and peace, 1919-1945, by Tomoko Akami (New York: Routledge, 2002), Pacific Affairs, 76, no. 1 (2003): 157-158.

Book Review, Women on the Verge: Japanese Women, Western Dreams by Karen Kelsky (Durham: Duke University Press, 2001), Pacific Affairs, 75, No. 4 (2002): 416-417.

Book Review, Under the Black Umbrella: Voices from Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 by Hildi Kang (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2001), Pacific Affairs, 75, No. 3 (2002): 474-475.
III. Recent Presentations (Selected)

“Casimir Fields Forever? History of Inter-Korean Relations, 1953-2003,” Invited Talk, Yale University, 2013.10.17.

“North Korea under Kim Jong-Un,” Invited Talk, Foreign Service Institute, Washington DC, 2013.02.27.

“Déjà vu or Jamais vu? Japan’s North Korea Policies 2009-2013,” Invited Talk, Georgetown University, Washington DC, 2013.02.26.

“North Korea after Kim Jong-Il: Politics and Security,” Invited Talk, Korea Economic Institute, Washington DC, 2012.12.04.

“Still Life in Mobile Homes: Housemaids of South Korea in the 1950s,” Conference: “Korea in the 1950s,” Seoul National University, 2012.08.16-17.

“Contextual Analysis of Korean Cinema.” Korean Film Day, Korean Consulate and UBC, UBC Robson Square, 2011.10.26.

“Rescuing the Individual from Multiculturalism: Korean Soccer Players in Japan.” Conference: “Cultures of Sustainability, Sustaining Cultures,” National University of Singapore,” 2011.07.29-30.

“Submitting to Academic Journals,” National University of Singapore, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, 2011.07.28.

“Moving Pictures: Postcards of Colonial Korea,” Conference, “Visualizing Asia in the Modern World,” Harvard University, 2011.05.21-22.

“Embracing the Doppelganger: North Korea in Recent South Korean Films,” Invited Lecture, University of Washington, Seattle, 2011.05.13.

“Is North Korea Evil? Exploring Sources of Information on Contemporary North Korea,” Invited Lecture, Seattle University, Seattle, 2011.05.12.

“Class Relations in South Korean Films,” Conference: “Asia Without Borders III.” Yonsei University, Seoul, 2010.08-10.

“Wormholes and Phantom Zones: History of Photography in Korea, 1871-1971,” Invited Lecture, Stanford University, Walter Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, 2010.04.23.

“Litmus Tests: South Korea’s Refugee Policy.”  Conference: “Migration and Identities in Asia.”  Yonsei University, Seoul, 2009.05.07-08.

“Afterthoughts and Counterpoints: British Perceptions of the South Korean Economy in the 1960s.”  Conference: “Korean Society and Economy in the 1960s.”  International Center for Korean Studies, Seoul National University, Seoul, 2009.02.23.

“Humpty Dumpty’s Hermeneutics: Pretexts and Contexts of the Study of ‘Asian’ Popular Culture.”  Conference: “Global East Asia: Media, Popular Culture, and the Pacific Century.”  Rochester University, Rochester, 2009.02.06-07.

“Narcissus at the Pool? Desiring Cool Japan.”  Conference: “Cultural Power Asia: Producing Culture, Building Identities,” Center for Interdisciplinary Studies on East Asia, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-University, Frankfurt, 2008.11.13.

“Fashioning the Visual: Selves, Spaces, and Images in the Modern World.”  Workshop: “Fashioning the World,” University of Alberta, Edmonton, 2008.08.18-20.

“Kuleshov Effects: Beijing Olympics and the History of Asia in the Olympics.”  Workshop: “Staging the Beijing Olympics: Visions, Tensions, Dreams.”  Centre for Chinese Research, UBC, 2008.05.12.

“Love Thy Doppelganger: Images of North Korea in South Korean Films.”  Conference: “Popular Culture Flows in Northeast Asia,” UBC, Institute of Asian Research, 2008.02.22-23.

“Bipolar Orders and Uneven Developments: The Two Koreas in World History since 1989.”  Panel on “Global History of the Present,” American Historical Association, Annual Meeting, Washington DC, 2008.01.05.

“Migration Theory and Agricultural Migration in the Japanese Empire.”  Kyushu University, Research Center for Korean Studies, Fukuoka 2007.11.09 (Japanese)

“Tesseracts into Futures Past: Photography in Modern Korean History, 1871-1953.” Invited Lecture, Harvard University, Peabody Museum, 2006.03.22.

“The Golden Calf and Other Obscure Objects of Desire: Clothing and the Covered/ Exposed Body in Colonial Seoul.” Conference, “Urban Culture in Colonial Korea,” UBC, 2006.02.18-19.

“Ariyoshi Chūichi  and Colonial Korea.” Conference on “Colonialism in Korea,” Kyushu University, Korea Institute, 2005.12.18-19 (Japanese).

“Neo Geo? Ethnicity, Nationalism and the Digital Age in the Asia Pacific.” Invited Lecture, “Sixth Association of Pacific Rim Universities Fellows Program,” UBC and University of Malaysia, 2005.08.15-28.

“Malthusian Dreams, Colonial Imaginary: the Japanese Rural Migration to Colonial Korea.” Invited Lecture, Bristol University, Colonial Worlds Lecture Series, 2005.04.28.

“Bridging Troubled Waters? Popular Culture in South Korea-Japan Relations, 1965-2004.” Invited Lecture, Bristol University, East Asian Seminar Series, 2005.04.25.

“Vicarious Traumas: Mass Media and Current North Korea-Japan Relations.” Conference on “Japan, East Asia and the Formation of North Korea Policy,” European Institute of Japanese Studies at Stockholm School of Economics and the Swedish Institute of International Affairs, Stockholm, Sweden, 2005.03.18-21.

“Parsing of the Seas: Politics of South Korea-Japan Maritime Relations, 1965-2004.” Fourth International Congress of Maritime History, Greece, 2004.06.22-27.

“Vicarious Traumas: Popular Media and Current North Korea-Japan Relations.” Invited Lecture, Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, 2004.06.03.

“Formaldehyde for the Future: Popular Culture in South Korea-Japan Relations, 1965-2005.” Invited Lecture, Oxford University, Nissan Institute, 2004.05.31.

“Antinomies of Distance and Desire: Epistemology of Korean History in North America.” Conference, “Korea in Asia: The State of the Field,” Georgetown University, 2004.05.13-15.

“Past and the Future in Present Korea-Japan Relations, 1965-2004.” Invited Lecture, Seoul National University, Graduate School of International and Area Studies, 2004.02.24 (Korean).

Winter 2019

ASIA407 North Korea in Historical Context Sections

Analytical overview of North Korea's politics, society, and economy.

Winter 2019

ASIA430 International Relations in Modern East Asia: Korea and Japan Sections

Trade, diplomacy, war, imperialism, militarism, colonialism, collective memory, mutual perceptions Korean-Japanese relations are examined as an exemplary case for exploring the dimensions of international conflict and partnership.

Winter 2019

ASIA561B Problems of Modernization in Eastern and Southern Asia - MODERN S&E ASIA Sections