Author Archive

South Korea as (Sub)Empire: Workers, Immigration, and Racialized Hierarchy

By | April 01, 2015

Survey data reported in a recent segment of “Exploration Plus” at JTBC show that most South Koreans are not exactly comfortable with all foreigners in the country. Steven Denney translates and analyzes.

Yongusil 61: Precarity and Neoliberal Normalization of Single Women in Korea

By | March 20, 2015

Professor Jesook Song talked about women’s precarity in post-revolutionary affect in South Korea during a book launch at the Workers’ Action Center in Toronto. Steven Denney summarizes.

No Love for Welfare in South Korea

By | February 06, 2015

South Koreans support welfare retrenchment if it means resolving the country’s financial woes, a recent Real Meter poll finds. However, they are also apt to support more taxes on corporations. Steven Denney translates.

Recent Reproductions of South Korean “National Hero” Ahn Jung-geun

By | January 31, 2015

One can learn a lot about a nation by who is elevated to the status of “national hero.” Here, Steven Denney reviews two recent cultural products concerning independence fighter Ahn Jung-geun, juxtaposing them against Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper.”

All You Need Is Love? Shin Eun-mi’s Interview with OhMyNews.com

By | January 12, 2015

Shin Eun-mi, who was recently deported from South Korea for making “pro-North Korea” remarks, was interviewed in 2012 by OhMyNews about her trips to North Korea and what they meant for her. Her answers are illustrative. Steven Denney translates.

Yongusil 52: Afterlives and Critical Histories at the University of Toronto

By | November 03, 2014

“The Afterlives of the Korean War,” a symposium hosted by the Centre for the Study of Korea at the University of Toronto, hosted a number of scholars whose work falls outside the normal remit of scholarship on the Korean War and its consequences. Steven Denney writes about the significance of alternative perspectives.