Board of Directors:
KPI’s board of directors represents our vision as an academic-community partnership. Board members bring decades of experience to KPI from academia, community-based organizations, media, and policy analysis.
Christine Hong: Christine Hong is an assistant professor in the Literature Department at UC Santa Cruz where she specializes in transnational Asian American, Korean diaspora, and critical Pacific Rim studies and where she has organized, with students, staff, community members, and faculty, for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley and is at work on a book project, tentatively titled “Blurring the Color Line: Racial Fictions, Militarized Humanity, and the Pax Americana in the Pacific Rim,” that examines the historic relation of post-1945 Afro-Asian human rights literature to the Pax Americana, the U.S. military “peace” that restructured the Asia Pacific following Japan’s Pacific War defeat. Prof. Hong co-edited the Critical Asian Studies special edition on North Korean Human Rights which was released Winter 2013. She is a coordinating committee member of the National Campaign to End the Korean War, a steering committee member of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, and a member of the Working Group on Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific.
Haeyoung Kim: Ms. Kim has worked as a policy analyst and researcher with the Office of Korean Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, the California State Assembly, the Citizens’ Coalition for Economic Justice in Seoul, the International Forum on Globalization in San Francisco, and the Center for International Policy’s Asia Program in Washington, DC. Her research has been focused on multilateral and bilateral trade agreements, international energy policy, globalization, and environmental justice. Ms. Kim earned her BA from The University of Chicago, and her Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government where she was Co-Chair of the National Asian Pacific American Conference on Law and Public Policy and Senior Editor of the Asian American Policy Review. She is currently working on her PhD in the Department of History at the University of Chicago.
Martin Hart-Landsberg: Martin Hart-Landsberg, Ph.D., is professor of Economics at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Oregon; Adjunct Researcher at the Institute for Social Sciences, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, South Korea; and Adjunct Professor in the Labor Studies Program at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada. His areas of teaching and research include economic development, international economics, and the political economy of East Asia. He is the author/editor of seven books, including Capitalist Globalization: Consequences, Resistance, and Alternatives (Monthly Review Press, 2013); Marxist Perspectives on South Korea in the Global Economy (Ashgate Publishers, 2007); Korea: Division, Reunification, and U.S. Foreign Policy (Monthly Review Press, 1998); and The Rush to Development: Economic Change and Political Struggle in South Korea (Monthly Review Press, 1993). He is a co- editor of the journal Critical Asian Studies and a member of the steering committee of the Alliance for Scholars Concerned about Korea. He has also served as consultant for the Korea program of the American Friends Service Committee.
Paul Liem: Paul Liem has been active on Korean peninsular issues for four decades and has visited North Korea in three different decades. In the 1970s he was a writer for The Korea Bulletin and editor of The Korea Commentary, both newsletters covering current events in North and South Korea. In the 1980s Mr. Liem assisted in sending delegations of progressive religious leaders, including members of the National Council of Churches, to North Korea. In the 1990s he served as advisor to the Berkeley Annual Reunification Symposia Series that hosted guest speakers from North and South Korea from 1991 to 1997. In 1992 Liem and other Korean American activists and artists organized a Korea American Arts Festival at the Oakland Museum among other venues, and in 2004 he served on the Korean American Centennial Committee that curated a multi-media oral history exhibit with the Oakland Museum celebrating 100 years of Korean immigration to the U.S.
Juyeon Rhee: Juyeon Rhee is a first generation Korean immigrant grassroots organizer who has worked for decades on de-militarization, peace and unification in Korea. Juyeon has been a member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development since 2000 and is currently a board member. Until recently, she was the main organizer of Nodutdol’s KEEP (Korea Education and Exposure Programs) which has educated and sent over 100 Korean Americans to both North and South Korea who return resolved to work for peace and social justice. She has led Nodutdol’s Korean Language Program, various study groups on Korea and U.S. militarism on Asia/Pacific regions, and its Peace Treaty Campaign. Before joining Nodutdol, she was a member of Center for Korean American Culture (aka ) from 1991 to 1998, where served as the Executive Director from 1993 to 1995. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from SUNY at Stony Brook, a J.D. from Brooklyn Law School and an Associate degree in Science from the Massage Therapy program at Swedish Institute in New York.
J.T. Takagi: J.T. (Orinne) Takagi is an Asian American activist and independent filmmaker. Ms. Takagi has directed many films, several of which are on Korean peninsular issues including Homes Apart: Korea; The Women Outside; and North Korea: Beyond the DMZ (the latter two with Hye-Jung Park), all of which aired on PBS. She teaches at the City College of New York, and the School of Visual Arts, and works with Third World Newsreel, an alternative media center. A recipient of many awards and fellowships, Takagi works with the National Campaign to End the Korean War and local NYC community groups, and as a sound engineer, has worked on many public television documentaries, with Emmy and Cinema Audio Society nominations.
Ji-Yeon Yuh: Ji-Yeon Yuh is a co-founder of the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, an organization devoted to educating policy makers and the public, and Board President of KANWIN, a Korean American women’s organization focusing on domestic violence. A former journalist, she has worked for Newsday and served on the editorial board of the Philadelphia Inquirer. She is currently an associate professor of history and the founding director of the Asian American Studies Program at Northwestern University. She has done research on Korean military brides, Korean communities in China, Japan and the United States, refugees from North Korea, socialist Koreans in China and Japan in the immediate post-WWII period, and on the Korean reunification movement in the United States. Her writings on Korea issues and on U.S. issues have appeared in The Dong-A Ilbo (Seoul), The Hankyoreh Daily (Seoul), Sisa Journal (Seoul), The Yomiuri Shinbun (Tokyo), Newsday (New York), The Chicago Tribune, The Miami Herald, and other newspapers and magazines.
Ricky Y. Choi: Ricky Y. Choi, MD, MPH is the Department Head of Pediatrics at a community health center in Oakland, California. He serves on the board of directors and advisory committees of multiple organizations that seek to improve access to care and health care quality for children, immigrants, and the underserved Asian & Pacific Islander communities. Dr. Choi has spoken widely about the role of a health and human rights framework to improving health in North Korea and has multiple related publications. He has degrees from the University of Chicago, Medical University of South Carolina, and Harvard University. Dr. Choi currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with his talented wife and two spirited children.
Simone Chun: Simone Chun was born in a rural farming community in South Korea as the youngest of five children.She received both her MA and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. An accomplished scholar and international activist, Dr. Chun has more than 10 years of experience in teaching at Liberal Arts colleges in the United States, and has been a central contributor to the creation of a number of interdisciplinary Asian and Korean Studies programs. As an independent activist, Dr. Chun is striving to create a much-needed a global nexus between grassroots human rights and peace movement activists in Korea and scholars and NGOs around the world. Her latest project includes fostering an independent US-based alternative media outlet for issues related to the Korean peninsula. Her publications include “In Search of a Perpetual Peace in the Korean Peninsula” (2008), and she is currently working on two manuscripts, “Rays of Hope: Globalization and the Korean Labor Movement, 1997-2013”and “Trustpolitik and Peace in the Korean Peninsula”.
Sukjong Hong: Sukjong Hong is a writer and artist who has been working in community-based art with immigrant communities since 2004. Currently she is a Create Change fellow with the Laundromat Project, working on oral history projects to highlight the stories of Asian-American communities. She was a 2012-2013 Open City Creative Nonfiction Fellow with the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, writing about Asian-American communities in Flushing, Chinatown, and Richmond Hill. She was a participating artist in Still Present Pasts, an exhibit based on oral histories of Korean War survivors, which traveled to 11 cities over 8 years. She has written fort Open City Magazine, Triple Canopy magazine, Foreign Policy in Focus, and The Feminist Wire.
Hyun Lee: Hyun Lee is a member of the New York City-based Nodutdol for Community Development and the Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific, and works with Zoom in Korea, a news and analysis blog on Korea.
Wol-san Liem: Wol-san Liem is the Director of International Affairs for the Korean Federation of Public and Social Services and Transportation Workers’ Unions. She has been an activist and researcher in South Korea since 2006, working in a number of organizations including the Migrants Trade Union, the Korean Alliance against the KORUS FTA and the Research Institute for Alternative Workers Movements. Her work has focused on opposing racial capitalism and strengthening workers’ international solidarity. She received her B.A. from Columbia University and her Ph.D. from the New York University History Department in 2010.
Dae-Han Song: Dae-Han Song is the Policy and Research Coordinator at the International Strategy Center (iscenter.or.kr), an organization in Korea focused on building bridges between social movements in Korea and those abroad. He is a graduate from the Labor/Community Strategy Center’s National School for Strategic Organizing in Los Angeles and organized in the Bus Riders Union. Previous to that, he organized API high school students in the Bay Area for Asian/Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy and Leadership (AYPAL). In 2007, he participated in Nodutdol’s DPRK Education and Exposure Program (DEEP).
Christine Ahn, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Christine Hong, Haeyoung Kim, Suzy Kim, Donna Lee Kwon, Anders Riel Muller, Koohan Paik,Sanghyuk Shin, Seung Hye Alexandra Suh
Bernadette Chi: Bernadette Chi, Ph.D., is the past Director of the Institute for citizenship Education and Teacher Preparation at the East Bay Conservation Corps in Oakland, CA. Ms. Chi managed the Institute’s current projects including the development of frameworks, curriculum and assessments that contributed to the research and practice of civic engagement, especially through service learning activities. She is the former Regional Coordinator for the CalServe Initiative with the California Department of Education. She was a 1999-2000 National Service Fellow with the Corporation for National Service and served on the Education Commission of the State’s Every Student a Citizen initiative. Over the past six years, she has evaluated various service learning, civic education and other educational programs. Ms. Chi also served on the Working Group to advise the High School Civic Engagement Initiative managed by Providence College and funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts. She received her doctorate from the Graduate School of Education, University of California at Berkeley in Policy, Organization, Measurement and Evaluation.
Bruce Cumings: Bruce Cumings is professor of history at the University of Chicago. His research and teaching focus on modern Korean history, twentieth-century international history, U.S.-East Asian relations, East Asian political economy, and American foreign relations. His first book, The Origins of the Korean War, won the John King Fairbank Book Award of the American Historical Association, and the second volume of this study won the Quincy Wright Book Award of the International Studies Association. He is the editor of the modern volume of the Cambridge History of Korea (forthcoming), and is a frequent contributor to The London Review of Books, The Nation, Current History, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Le Monde Diplomatique. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999, and is the recipient of fellowships from the Ford Foundation, NEH, the MacArthur Foundation, the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford, and the Abe Fellowship Program of the Social Science Research Council. He was also the principal historical consultant for the Thames Television/PBS documentary, Korea: The Unknown War. In 2003 he won the University’s award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching, and in 2007 he won the Kim Dae Jung Prize for Scholarly Contributions to Democracy, Human Rights, and Peace. In 2010 he published Dominion From Sea to Sea: Pacific Ascendancy and American Power (Yale University Press). He is working on a synoptic single-volume study of the origins of the Korean War.
Gregory Elich: Gregory Elich is on the board of directors of the Jasenovac Research Institute and was on the advisory board of the U.S. chapter of the Korea Truth Commission. He is the author of Strange Liberators: Militarism, Mayhem, and the Pursuit of Profit, and has chapters on North Korea and Yugoslavia in the anthology Killing Democracy: CIA and Pentagon Operations in the Post-Soviet Period, published in the Russian language. Mr. Elich is a columnist for the South Korean news site, Voice of the People, and his articles have appeared in publications in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America, including Covert Action Quarterly, Science and Society, New African, Mal (South Korea), Correo del Orinoco (Venezuela), Politika (Serbia), and The Herald (Zimbabwe). During the 1999 NATO war he was coordinator of the Committee for Peace in Yugoslavia, and he was a member of a team visiting Yugoslavia to investigate NATO war crimes.
Henry Em: Henry Em is Associate Professor of Asian Studies at the Underwood International College of Yonsei University. His teaching and research interests include Korean historiography, nationalism, colonialism, and imperialism in twentieth-century Korea, transnational and cultural studies of the Korean War, and the Korean diaspora. He was the recipient of a Fulbright, as well as grants from the Freeman Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His book The Great Enterprise: Sovereignty and Historiography in Modern Korea was published by Duke University Press in 2013. His chapter on modern Korean historiography, forthcoming, will appear in volume 5 of the Oxford History of Historical Writing from Oxford University Press.
John Feffer: John Feffer is co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the author of several books and numerous articles. His books include North Korea, South Korea: U.S. Policy at a Time of Crisis (Seven Stories, 2003), Shock Waves: Eastern Europe after the Revolutions (South End, 1992), and Beyond Detente: Soviet Foreign Policy and U.S. Options (Hill & Wang, 1990). He has edited several collections including Power Trip: U.S. Unilateralism and Global Politics after September 11 (Seven Stories, 2003) and Europe’s New Nationalism, with Richard Caplan (Oxford University Press, 1996). His articles have appeared in The International Herald Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The American Prospect, Newsday, The Nation, Asiaweek, Salon.com, TomPaine.com, YaleGlobal Online, AlterNet, The Progressive, Vegetarian Times, The Washingtonian, and Commonweal, among other publications. He’s been widely interviewed in print and on radio and is a former associate editor of World Policy Journal.
Selig S. Harrison: (March 19, 1927 – December 30, 2016) Selig S. Harrison was director of the Asia Program at the Center for International Policy and a senior scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He was the former director of the Century Foundation’s Project on the United States and the Future of Korea. Specializing in South Asia and East Asia for fifty years as a journalist and scholar, he had visited North Korea ten times and on two occasions, met with the late Kim Il Sung. He was the author of six books on Asian affairs and U.S. relations with Asia, including Korean Endgame: A Strategy For Reunification and U.S. Disengagement, published by Princeton University Press in May 2002. Dr. Harrison served as South Asia Correspondent of the Associated Press from 1951 to 1954, based in New Delhi, returned as South Asia Bureau Chief of The Washington Post from 1962 to 1965, and served as Northeast Asia Bureau Chief of the Post, based in Tokyo, from 1968 to 1972. From 1974 to 1996, as a senior associate of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, he pursued investigative assignments every year in a variety of countries, especially those where he worked as a journalist, such as India, Pakistan, China, Japan, and the two Koreas. Dr. Harrison also visited Iran in June of 2007 and February and June of 2008. He was an important advisor and mentor for the Korea Policy Institute.
Pilju Kim Joo: Pilju Kim Joo, Ph.D., is the President of Agglobe Services International, a development aid organization providing humanitarian and agricultural assistance to North Korea. Born in North Korea before the country was divided, and raised in South Korea, Dr. Joo studied agriculture at Seoul National University and later received her doctorate from Cornell University. Dr. Joo has worked with major seed companies, including Northrup King and Pioneer Hi-bred International. She has been to North Korea over 60 times and has brought with her millions of dollars worth of farming knowledge, technology, and supplies to several cooperative farms. She secured one of the first contracts with the North Korean government to work with several dozen cooperative farms on developing their agriculture, including helping them to identify export markets to generate income.
Elaine H. Kim: Elaine H. Kim is a professor of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also received her Ph.D. She is the author/editor/co-editor of ten books, including Fresh Talk/Daring Gazes: Issues in Asian American Visual Art, Dangerous Women: Gender and Korean Nationalism, Making Waves: Writings By and About Asian American Women, and Asian American Literature: An Introduction to the Writings and their Social Context. She produced and directed Slaying the Dragon: Reloaded and co-produced Labor Women, Sa-i-Ku: From Korean Women’s Perspectives, and Slaying the Dragon: Asian Women in U.S. Television and Film. Kim co-founded Asian Women United of California, the Oakland Korean Community Center, and the Asian Immigrant Women Advocates. She served on the President’s Commission on Women in U.S. History and received honorary doctorate degrees from the University of Notre Dame and the University of Massachusetts Boston as well as the Association of Asian American Studies Lifetime Achievement Award.
Thomas P. Kim: Thomas Kim, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations at Scripps College. Dr. Kim has been interviewed dozens of times on U.S. and international radio and television, and his insights have been published or broadcast via major news sources including National Public Radio, The New York Times, The International Herald Tribune, Congressional Quarterly Weekly, USA Today, The San Diego Union-Tribune, New York Newsday, and The Nation. He has been published in the U.S. Congressional Record and provided testimony in a U.S. Congressional briefing on U.S.-North Korea relations. Dr. Kim is the author of The Racial Logic of Politics: Asian Americans and Two-Party Competition (Temple University Press, 2006). From 2006 to 2010 he served as the Executive Director of KPI.
Michael Kwun: Michael Kwun currently is “Of Counsel” at Keker & Van Nest, focusing on legal issues raised by cutting edge technologies. Previous, he was Senior Staff Attorney at at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a donor-funded non-profit defending free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights in the digital age. Prior to that, Michael was Managing Counsel, Litigation, at Google, where he and his team were responsible for defending Google in worldwide litigation. Michael sits on the board of directors of the East Bay Community Law Center, which provides legal services to the low-income community and hands-on clinical education for law students, and also sits on the board of advisors for the Green Bag Reader, an annual collection of exemplary legal writing. Michael received his law degree from the Boalt Hall School of Law and his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Namhee Lee: Namhee Lee, Ph.D., is a professor of East Asian Languages and Culture at the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. Professor Lee’s research interests include 20th Century Korean Social and Cultural History, Modernity and Nationalism, Comparative Social Movements in East Asia, and Korean American studies. Her publications include, “Anti-Communism, North Korea, and Human Rights in South Korea: ‘Orientalist’ Discourse and Construction of South Korean Identity,” (forthcoming), “The South Korean Student Movement: ‘Undongkwon’ as a Counterpublic Space,” and “The South Korean Student Movement, 1980-1987.”
John Lie: John Lie (pronounced “Lee”), Ph.D., was born in South Korea, grew up in Japan and in Hawaii, and attended Harvard University where he received A.B. magna cum laude in Social Studies in 1982 and Ph.D. in Sociology in 1988. Currently he is Class of 1959 Professor and Dean of International and Area Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Before joining the Berkeley faculty, Lie was Head of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for five years, and directed the Center for Japanese Studies and the Korean Studies Program at the University of Michigan. In addition to Illinois and Michigan, he has taught at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Yonsei University (South Korea), University of Oregon, Keio University (Japan), National Taiwan University, University of Waikato (New Zealand), and Harvard University. Lie’s books include Blue Dreams: Korean Americans and the Los Angeles Riots (co-authored, Harvard University Press, 1995), Han Unbound: The Political Economy of South Korea (Stanford University Press, 1998), Multiethnic Japan (Harvard University Press, 2001), and Modern Peoplehood (Harvard University Press, 2004). He is currently working on a more systematic work, tentatively entitled The Consolation of Social Theory.
Ramsay Liem: Ramsay Liem is emeritus professor of psychology at Boston College. He is a founding member of the Asian American Studies program in which he continues to teach. He directs the Memories of the Korean War Oral History Project and, with a
collective of Korean American artists, a filmmaker, and a historian, produced the exhibition, Still Present Pasts: Korean Americans and the
“Forgotten War”. He is the executive producer of the award winning documentary film, /Memory of Forgotten War/ co-directed with Deann Borshay Liem. He serves as the president of the Channing and Popai Liem Education Foundation whose mission is to promote awareness of U.S./Korea relations in support of peaceful reunification. He works with the Present Collective, an expanded group of artists, scholars, and
activists begun by members of the Still Present Pasts collective. Currently they are planning an exhibition exploring the impact of U.S.
militarism and neoliberalism on local and overseas communities. Liem is also active with the National Campaign to End the Korean War, the Alliance of Scholars Concerned about Korea, and a new, California based oral history project recording legacies of the Korean War.
Nancy Neiman Auerbach: Nancy Neiman Auerbach, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of International Political Economy at Scripps College. She is author of States, Banks, and Markets: Mexico’s Path to Financial Liberalization in Comparative Perspective (Westview Press, 2001). Her book offers a cross-regional exploration of the patterns of financial policymaking and private bank influence among several newly industrialized counties, including South Korea, Hong Kong, Turkey, and Mexico. She has also authored several articles on the topics of dollarization in Mexico, bank-dominated financial markets and external competitiveness in Germany and Mexico, the Mexican Peso Crisis and the ramifications of bank domination, perverse liberalization and financial crisis in South Korea. Auerbach lives in Claremont, CA with her husband, Jeffrey, and seven-year-old daughter Dalia.
Hye-Jung Park: Hye-Jung Park is a media and community activist who has been active in transnational social movements for over two decades. She is the Associate Director of Scribe Video Center, a community media center in Philadelphia. Previously she served as the Director of Language Programs at Unidad Academica Campesina – Carmen Pampa in Bolivia, the Media Program Officer at the Funding Exchange, Director of the Youth Channel at the Manhattan Neighborhood Network and Director of Programs at DCTV, a NYC media center. Ms. Park has served on the boards of artist and community organizations, including Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, the North Star Fund, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, Videazimut (an international coalition of community media), and the Rainbow Korean Women’s Center. An award-winning producer in her own right, she has produced several documentaries with J.T. Takagi that include The Women Outside (PBS), North Korea: Beyond DMZ (PBS Select), and The #7 Train: An Immigrant Journey (WNET). Ms. Park has designed and taught courses on Asian and African American Media at several New York colleges.
Tim Shorrock: Tim Shorrock is a journalist and trade unionist based in Washington, D.C. He spent part of his childhood in South Korea, when his father was working in Seoul as a missionary, and has been writing about Korean affairs since the late 1970s. During the 1980s, when South Korea was under harsh military rule, Tim visited the country often and wrote extensively about the US role in Korea and its support for the military regime. He is well-known for exposing the Carter administration’s background support for the military crackdown on the democratic movement in 1980 and the events that led to the insurrection and massacre in Kwangju. His writings on Korea have appeared in the Daily Beast, The Progressive, The Nation, as well as publications in South Korea.
Hazel Smith: Hazel Smith received her Ph.D. from the London School of Economics in International Relations in 1993 and is currently Chair in Resilience and Security at Cranfield University, UK and Director of the Resilience Centre in the Department of Applied Science, Security and Resilience. Dr. Smith was a Fulbright visiting scholar at Stanford University (1994/1995), a visiting Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington D.C. (2001- 2002) and worked at the UN University in Tokyo (2003-2004). She has worked on the DPRK for nearly two decades, where she has been a regular visitor since 1990. Dr. Smith worked for nearly two years in North Korea (between 1998 and 2001) for the UN World Food Programme, UNICEF and the United Nations Development Programme, and continues to work for IOs, governments, NGOs, business, and the international media as an advisor on North Korea. She has published extensively on North Korea including the UNICEF Situation Analysis of Children and Women in the DPRK, and her recent work includes a report on DPRK shipping for the Japanese foreign ministry and a DPRK context analysis for development programming for the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency. Her most recent books are European Union Foreign Policy: What it Is and What it Does (2002), Hungry for Peace: International Security, Humanitarian Assistance and Social Change in North Korea (2005), and Reconstituting Korean Security (2007). Dr. Smith has been interviewed by international media including the BBC, KBS, Voice of America, NPR, CNN, CBS, ABC, and PBS, and was invited to testify at the UK House of Commons on Korean security (2006). She is the proud owner of a North Korean driver’s license.
Seung Hye Suh: Seung Hye Suh is the executive director the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (KIWA) in Los Angeles and an M.S. candidate in Regenerative Studies at Cal Poly Pomona. She is also a member of the steering committee of Nanum Corean Cultural School. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and was a professor at Scripps College until 2009, specializing in American literature and culture, Asian American Studies, and cultural theory. She continues to teach occasionally in Asian American Studies and ecological justice at the Claremont Colleges. She is a former member of the KPI Board, former steering committee of the Alliance for Scholars Concerned About Korea, and brings scholarly expertise together with 15 years experience working with community-based organizations in New York and Los Angeles.
Mary Yu Danico: Dr. Danico is Associate Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona. She recently spent a year as a Fulbright Senior Scholar in Seoul, South Korea, where she taught in the Department of Sociology at Ewha Womans University and conducted ethnographic research on global Korean American identities and communities, and on Pin@y domestic workers in Korea and Hong Kong. In addition, she is working on a research project in Orange County examining the needs assessment of low-income Asian Pacific Islander youth and co-editing a book titled Transforming the Academy: Women, Queers, and People of Color Navigating Higher Education. She is a board member of the Association for Asian American Studies and sits on the editorial board of Contemporary Sociology. She is the author of The 1.5 Generation: Becoming Korean American in Hawaii, Asian American Issues, as well as numerous book chapters and journal articles.