Jung Hwan Cheon teaches Korean literature, novels in particular, and cultural theories
at Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea as associate professor. He has conducted
research on the history of cultural politics in Korea and engaged contemporary South
Korean popular culture as a culture critic. His Korean language publications include
Reading Books in Modern Times (2003), The Revolution and Laughs (2005), and The Era
of Collective Intelligence (2008). His current research projects include discourses on
suicide in early modern times and the history of collective intelligence in Korea.
Michelle Cho is assistant professor of East Asian studies at McGill University. Her re-
search concerns the politics of popular culture and the ways in which film, video, and
television express the affect and temporality of compressed modernization in East
Asia. She is currently working on a book about the form and function of South Korean
genre cinemas in the Sunshine Policy decade, which followed the transition from
military to civilian government, and is pursuing a new project on the relationship be-
tween popular culture and populism, including the Korean Wave, celebrity labor, and
media liberalization.
Steven Chung is assistant professor in the East Asian Studies department at Prince-
ton University. He focuses his research on Korean cinema and is drawn especially to
the relationship between politics and aesthetics in the film cultures of the late colonial
through the early postwar periods. He has published articles in edited volumes—North
Korea: Toward a Better Understanding (2009) and Democracy and Cinema (Korea)—and
in the Journal of Korean Studies and Memory and Vision (Korea). Chung’s first book,
Split Screen Korea: Shin Sang- ok and Postwar Cinema, will be published in 2014.
Katarzyna J. Cwiertka is professor of Modern Japan Studies at Leiden University
(Netherlands). Her research to date has utilized food as a window into the modern
history of Japan and Korea. Cwiertka is the author of Modern Japanese Cuisine: Food,
Power, and National Identity (2006) and Cuisine, Colonialism and Cold War: Food in
Twentieth- Century Korea (2012) and the editor of Asian Food: The Global and the Local
(2002) and Food and War in Mid- Twentieth-Century East Asia (2013).
Stephen Epstein is associate professor and director of Asian studies at Victoria Univer-
sity of Wellington in New Zealand. He has published widely on contemporary Korean
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