Sunyoung Park is an associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Gender Studies at the University of Southern California. She is the editor of Readymade Bodhisattva: The Kaya Anthology of South Korean Science Fiction (Kaya Press, 2019), and author of The Proletarian Wave: Literature and Leftist Culture in Colonial Korea, 1910-1945 (Harvard University Asia Center, 2015) and the editor and translator of On the Eve of the Uprising and Other Stories from Colonial Korea (Cornell East Asian Series, 2010). Her current projects include a monograph on science fiction and the politics of modernization in South Korea and a collection of critical essays titled Revisiting Minjung: New Perspectives on the Cultural History of 1980s South Korea (University of Michigan Press, 2019).
“Taken as a whole, Readymade Bodhisattva is a stunning showcase for South Korean science fiction” -Yoon Ha Lee, author of Machineries of Empire trilogy, Korean Literature Now
“For those of us whose exposure to the contemporary Korean imagination has been mostly limited to the inescapable (K-Pop) and the quirkily innovative (film and TV like Snowpiercer, The Host, Train to Busan, Kingdom), it’s something of a revelation, since as far as I can tell, few of these writers have appeared in English before.” – Gary K. Wolfe, Locus
“A postapocalyptic, dystopian aesthetic and a sense of the individual’s self-exploration in the face of huge forces threads through almost all of the work” – Publisher’s Weekly
“Editors Park and Park have assembled a village of translators and academics to provide additional, insightful context for each story and author, bestowing upon readers a multilayered introduction—presented in a unique layout—to contemporary Korean science fiction” – Terry Hong, Booklist
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Nalo Hopkinson (Skin Folk, Sister Mine) and Kim Bo-Young (On the Origin of Species, I’m Waiting for You) will discuss their writing in relation to colonialism, feminism, neurodiversity, Afrofuturism, techno-orientalism, and more. Moderated by Seo-Young Chu (Do Metaphors Dream of Literal Sleep?), and featuring readings by Kim’s translators Sunyoung Park and Joungmin Lee, this event […]