Young A Jung

Young A Jung

Young A Jung

Assistant Professor

Korean: Korean Literature, Media and Cultural Studies, Migration Studies

Young A Jung is the first Assistant Professor of Korean Studies and head of the Korean Studies program at George Mason University. Her teaching and research interests are modern Korean literature, transnational studies, migration studies, sense of place studies, cultural studies, and translation studies. Her most recent article, "Mobile Media and Kirogi Mothers: Place Making and the Reimagination of Transnational Korean Family Intimacies" appears in Mobile Media and Asian Social Intimacies (Eds. by Jason A. Cabanes and Cecilia S. Uy-Tioco, Springer, 2020). She is currently working on two book projects, Emplacing Parenting: Migration and Belonging among Korean Kirogi Families and Ethnographic History of the 1880s Korea-U.S. Relations: Byeonsu while doing a collaborative research, "The Diffusion and Reception of Korean Popular Culture in the United States" with Dr. Dae Young Kim (Sociology) and Dr. Byunghwan Son (Global Affairs). Before Jung joined Mason, she was teaching and researching Korean Women's Literature as a visiting scholar at the Department of East Asian Language and Culture, Georgetown University. Professor Jung is teaching modern Korean literature, Korean pop culture, and Korean cultural studies at Mason. She created the Minor in Korean Studies in 2017 and the Southeastern area's very first BA Concentration in Korean in 2019.

 

Current Research

The Diffusion and Reception of Korean Popular Culture in the United States

Ethnographic History of the 1880s Korea-U.S. Relations

Migration and Belonging among Korean Kirogi Families

Canons and Parodies in Korean Literature

Selected Publications

Korean Literature and Cultural Studies

“Mobile Media and Kirogi Mothers: Place Making and the Reimagination of Transnational Korean Family Intimacies” in Mobile Media and Asian Social Intimacies, ed. Jason Vincent A. Cabanes and Cecilia S. Uy-Tioco, Springer, 2020. 

“Technology and Literature Education” The Studies of Korean Language and Literature, Vol.59: 59-84, Seoul, Korea: The Society of Korean Language and Literature, 2017.

“Cultural Transnational Activities: The Consumption of Transnational Media” with Dae Young Kim and Gyu Tag Lee in Transnational Communities in the Smartphone Age: The Korean Community in the Nation’s Capital, ed. Dae Young Kim, Lanham, Boulder, New York, and London: Lexington Books, 2017.

 “Cultural Transnationalism: The Cases of the First-Generation and the Second-Generation of Korean-Americans” in Media and Culture, edited by Namil Ahn and Young A Jung, 309-342. Seoul, Korea: Pureunsasang, 2012.

“The U.S. College Students’ Understanding of Korean Culture through the Reception of Korean Films” in Korean Studies, 36: 85-105, Seoul, Korea: Center for Korean Studies, Korea University, Worin Publishing Co., 2011.

Korean Language Education

“A Study on the State of Korean School Instructors and Measures to Develop their Professionalism in the US, Specifically in WAKS’ Case” in Journal of International Network for Korean Language and Culture, 10-2: 247-74. With Chil-Sung Im, Hyuk Suh, Hye Young Shin and Jin Choi, Seoul: The International Network of Korean Language and Culture, 2013.

Translations

Deo Naeun Sueobeul Wihan Self Study (Self-Study Teacher Research by Anastasia P. Samaras) translated into Korean with Chilseong Im, Hyuk Suh, Hiok Jeon, Hye Young Shin, and Jinhee Choi, Seoul: woorihakgyo publishing co., 2014.

Eoneo Sueop Gwanchal (Classroom Observation Tasks: A Resource Book for Language Teachers and Trainers by Ruth Wajnryb) translated into Korean with Im, Chilseong and Choi, Jinhee, Seoul: Bagijeong, 2013.

Fiction

“Soy Bean Paste or Irrationality”, Munyeayoengu (Study on Literary Arts), Munyeayoengu Publishing Co. Seoul, Korea, 2014 Spring

"Miss Suh, She Can Take Off Again”, Munyeayoengu (Study on Literary Arts), Munyeayoengu Publishing Co. Seoul, Korea, 2009 Winter

 

Grants and Fellowships

Faculty Research and Professional Development Award (FRDA) with Dae Young Kim (Sociology) and Byunghwan Son (Global Affairs), CHSS, GMU 2020-2021

The Korea Foundation, Support for the Establishment of Professorship, 2019-2024

4-VA grant for creating shared courses in Korean, 2013-2014

Global Society of Korea and America Scholarship, 2012

Courses Taught

KORE 450 Korean Cultural Studies (created)

KORE 370 Advanced Korean Writing (created)

KORE 340 Transformation of Language and Culture in North and South Korea (created)                           

KORE 330 Advanced Korean Language and Culture (created)

KORE 325 Major North and South Korean Writers (created)

KORE 321 Korean Proficiency through Visual Culture (created)

KORE 320 Korean Popular Culture in a Global World (created)

KORE 311 Modern Korean Literature in Translation (created)

KORE 310 Classical Korean Literature (created)

KORE 305 Business Korean (created)

KORE 250 Gateway to Advanced Korean (created)

KORE 210 Intermediate Korean

KORE 110 Elementary Korean

 

Education

Ph.D., Cultural Studies (2014) George Mason University

Ph.D., Modern Korean Literature (2003) Korea University

M.A., Modern Korean Literature (1998) Korea University

B.A., Korean Language and Literature (1995) Korea University 

Recent Presentations

"Advanced North and South Korean"

With Dae Yong Kim at the 24th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK) Conference & Workshop, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, June 21, 2019

"Korean Dialect Lesson Using Traditional Korean Folk Songs"

With Sung Choi at the 24th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (AATK) Conference & Workshop, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, June 21, 2019

"Developing Learning Activities with Authentic Materials Incorporating Target Culture"

With Marjorie Hall Haley and Hye Young Shin at FLAVA (Foreign Language Association of Virginia) Spring Conference, Lexington: Washington & Lee University, April 13, 2019

"Modern Alterations of Chun-hyang Stories"

Chaired Panel “Korea in Education and Media” at “Peace in Asia: Past, Present and Possible” the 47th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association of Asian Studies (MARAAS) Conference, Elizabethtown College, PA, November 4, 2018

"Teaching North Korean Language and Culture in America for Peacemaking"

With Dae Yong Kim and Hei Yoo, Chaired Panel “Korea in Education and Media” at “Peace in Asia: Past, Present and Possible” the 47th Annual Mid-Atlantic Region Association of Asian Studies (MARAAS) Conference, Elizabethtown College, PA, November 4, 2018

"Exploring Innovative Approaches to Assessment as Pathways to LCTL Education"

With Marjorie Haley, Sherry Steeley, Hye Young Shin at the 2018 Less Commonly

Taught Languages LEARN Workshop, George Mason University, April 24, 2018

 

In the Media

"Korean Studies, Korea's Golden Time" (SBS Special Documentary, March 2019)

"North Korean Language and Culture Course at the U.S. College" (Voice of America, November 2018)