CHUNG Haeng-ja (Sociocultural Anthropology)

Educational background

UCLA(Cultural Anthropology, Ph.D.)

Key words for education

Ethnicity, Cultural Anthropology, Gender, Class, and Sexuality

Sample courses

Cultural Anthropology, Peoples of Japan, Korean Diaspora, and Ethnic Studies

Features of my courses

All students read an assigned article and chapter and upload a main point and discussion question before each class on the online platform to share with all participants. I organize my classes based on these student posts and questions. I also give an opportunity for students to exchange ideas in class. Outside the classroom, fieldtrips, such as “The Exhibition: Atomic Bomb and War,” “Court Trial,” “Flower Arrangement Exhibition,” “Noh Theater,” “Korean Musical,” and “Ethnic School” were very popular among students. Public film viewings and talks on and off campus also formed part of my courses. I encourage students to apply their learning not only to fieldtrips but also to their everyday lives.

Key words for research

Ethnicity, Gender, Sex Work and Emotional Labor, Intersectionality, Migration, and Diversity

Key publications and conference presentations

  • Chung, Haeng-ja. 2018.
    Commentary and Translation of Japanese tanka poems, “Selected Poems from Nagune Taryong: Eternal Traveler Lee Jungja.” In Zainichi Literature: Japanese Writings by Ethnic Koreans edited by John Lie. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Chung, Haeng-ja. 2017.
    “Discovery Program for Global Learners at Okayama University and IB Education: Reflections on My University Experiences in Japan and the United States of America” (岡山大学の「グローバル・ディスカバリー・プログラム」とIB教育:文化人類学者としての日米での取り組みへの「振り返り」 Journal of Research into IB Education. Vol. 1: pp. 10~17.
  • Chung, Haeng-ja. 2015.
    “Transnational Labor Migration in Japan: The Case of Korean Nightclub Hostesses in Osaka” in Blai Guarne and Shinji Yamashita (eds.) “Cultural Resources and Multicultural Politics: Transnational Migration in a Global Circulation,” Bulletin of the National Museum of Ethnology (Kokuritsu Minzokugaku Hakubutsukan Kenkyuu Houkoku),『国立民族学博物館研究報告』40(1): 101-119, National Museum of Ethnology: Osaka.
  • Chung, Haeng-ja. 2012
    “In the Shadows and at the Margins: Working in the Korean Clubs and Bars of Osaka’s Minami Area.” Haines, David, Shinji Yamashita, and Keiko Yamanaka eds. Wind over Water: Anthropology of Migration from East Asian Context. Oxford and New York: Berghahn. Pp. 191-207.
  • Chung, Haeng-ja. 2009
    “Gender and Ethnicity at Work: Korean Nightclub Rose in Japan” for Elyssa Faison and Ruth Barraclough eds. Gender and Labor in Korea and Japan: Sexing Class. London: RoutledgeCurzon. pp. 128-148.

What I like about Discovery

While there are many strengths, I would like to highlight two points here: multicultural environment and gender studies. Firstly, I particularly welcome those who have varied backgrounds, including those with different nationalities, citizenships, ethnicities, races, religions, and languages. You bring your multicultural wealth and enrich a program where diversity is already valued. Secondly, the Discovery Program offers gender-related courses in Anthropology, Economics, Political Sciences, and Sociology by faculty members who have earned Ph.D.’s from UCLA, University of Utah, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Arizona State University in the United States (as of June 2020). These are just two among many other strengths. Please feel welcome to explore the program and find more.