Emerging at the intersections of my research, public-facing scholarship, teaching, and mentorship goals, my commitment to professional service and public outreach reflects my dedication to community-minded citizenship, inside and outside of academia.
As a representative of the Social Science History Association (SSHA)’s Migration/Immigration Network, along with Elizabeth Zanoni and Caroline Waldron, I’ve encouraged and fostered the growth of critical adoption studies and multi-disciplinary sessions focused on theorizing borders; migration and citizenship; race, immigration, and historical memory; refugee movements, rights, and welfare; family, transnationalism, and community; and many other generative thematics. While at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, I actively participated in the Department of History’s recruitment and professionalization endeavors, supported the interdisciplinary Legal History Workshop and Childhood Studies Initiative, volunteered at local conferences such as Queer Motions and the Berkshire Conference of Women Historians, and represented the Immigration History Research Center (IHRC) at public engagements in the Minnesota State Capitol and Mall of America.
In addition, while I intentionally engage, network, and advocate – through my teaching, mentorship, research, and public scholarship – with a number of diverse communities, as an adopted Korean American, I am particularly invested in public outreach with Korean adoptee communities. Currently, I support CHANGE’s (a coalition led by repatriated Korean adoptee activists and allies) transnational political campaign to further revise the 2011 Special Adoption Law. I also co-authored and organized, along with a number affiliates, the “Declaration Calling for an Immediate End to the Industrial International Adoption System from South Korea,” submitted to South Korean President Moon Jae In on July 12, 2017. And as an invited speaker, guest-facilitator, volunteer, and co-organizer, I have worked with such adoptee organizations as the International Korean Adoptee Association (IKAA), Network of Politicized Adoptees (NPA), Gazillion Voices (GV), and Adopted Korean Connection, Inc. (AK Connection).
Please see my CV for a more comprehensive overview of my service and outreach.