Hee-Chung Chun

Hee-Chung Chun
Lecturer in Korean Language and Culture

Scott Hall, Room 326
College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: MW 1:00-2:30 | by appointment

Office Phone Number: 848-932-6496
Fax: 732-932-7926

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Ms. Chun has previously taught at Language Education Institute of Seoul National University, Korea after receiving her M.A. in Korean Studies at Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea. Her current research interest includes the effect of cultural factors in language learning, heritage learners of Korean, and cross-cultural pragmatics. 

Education                                           Areas of Specialization
  • M.A. Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea (Korean Studies) 
  • B.A. Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea 
    (Korean Language and Literature/ Psychology)
  • Biculturalism in Language Learning
  • Heritage Learners
  • Cross-Cultural Pragmatics 
  • Second Language Acquisition
Courses Taught 

  • Elementary Korean 1 (01:574:101)
  • Elementary Korean 2 (01:574:102)
  • Intermediate Korean 1 (01:574:201)
  • Intermediate Korean 2 (01:574:202)
  • Advanced Korean 1 (01:574:301)
  • Advanced Korean 2 (01:574:302)

Jiro Harasaki

Assistant Teaching Professor

Scott Hall, Room 232
College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: T, TH, & F 1:30-2:30 | by appointment

Office Phone Number: 848-932-6505

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Born and raised in Japan, Mr. Jiro Harasaki graduated from Hosei University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He then graduated from International Christian University with a BA in English Literature. After 14 years of teaching in Japan, he moved to the US to pursue a master’s degree from Columbia University where he specialized in Japanese pedagogy. For a long time, he has been enjoying Rakugo, a Japanese traditional art of storytelling. He is especially interested in how the Japanese language is used in Rakugo and has studied by listening to hundreds of Rakugo performances to do his research. He also has great interest in literature and is an avid reader of all genres of literature.

Education Areas of Specialization
  • M.A. Columbia University
  • B.A. International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
  • B.A. Hosei University, Tokyo, Japan
  • Japanese Pedagogy

Courses Taught

Suzy Kim


Associate Professor of Korean History

Scott Hall, Room 336
College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: On leave for the academic year 2015-2016

Office Phone Number: 848-932-6487

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Professor Kim began teaching Korean Studies at Rutgers in 2010 and has previously taught at Emerson College, Boston College, and Oberlin College after receiving her Ph.D. in Modern Korean History at the University of Chicago. Her manuscript Everyday Life in the North Korean Revolution, 1945-1950 (Cornell University Press, 2013) won the James B. Palais Book Prize in Korean Studies from the Association for Asian Studies in 2015. Covering the immediate post-colonial period of North Korean history from 1945 when Korea was liberated from Japanese colonial rule to 1950 before the start of the Korean War, the book focused on the local people's committees and mass organizations that were spontaneously organized and later centralized, reconstructing the beginnings of North Korean society through a micro-level study of everyday life.

She is currently working on a gender history of North Korea, covering broadly the visual culture of the postwar period from the 1950s to the 1990s. Her research interests include critical theory, gender studies, and oral history. Outside the academe, she has been an advocate for human rights and peace in Korea as Korea Country Specialist for Amnesty International USA, advisory board member for Truth Foundation (Seoul, Korea), and executive committee member of Women Cross DMZ.

Education Areas of Specialization
  • Ph.D. University of Chicago
  • M.A. University of Chicago
  • B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
  • Modern Korean History
  • North Korean Social History
  • Critical Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • Oral History


Selected Articles and Book Chapters

Courses Taught
  • Contemporary Korean Cinema (01:574:230)
  • Gender and Social Change in Korea(01:574:310)
  • Introduction to Korean Culture (01:574:210)
  • Korean Literature in Translation (01:574:221)
  • North Korea in the Socialist and Post-Socialist Worlds (01:574:350 / 16:214:550)
  • Seminar on Modern Korean History(01:574:470 / 16:214:555)

Selected Awards and Distinctions
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2016
  • Association for Asian Studies James B. Palais Book Prize, 2015
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend Award, 2015
  • Seoul National University Kyujanggak Fellowship, 2011-2012
  • Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2005-2006

Professional Affiliations

Richard VanNess Simmons

Professor of Chinese

Scott Hall, Room 327
College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: On leave for the calendar year 2015
Office Phone Number: 848-932-5597

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Curriculum Vitae
Personal Website

Professor Simmons’ research focuses on the history, geography, and relationships of the Chinese dialects. He has received numerous grants and awards to support his scholarship, including a multi-year grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. Simmons’ publications include Chinese Dialect Classification—A Comparative Approach to Harngjou, Old Jintarn, and Common Northern Wu (1999, with a Chinese translation published in 2010), Issues in Chinese Dialect Description and Classification (1999), Chinese Dialect Geography: Distinguishing Mandarin and Wu in Their Boundary Region (2006), Handbook for Lexicon Based Dialect Fieldwork (2006), and Shanghainese Dictionary And Phrasebook (2011).

Education Areas of Specialization
  • Ph.D. University of Washington, Seattle
  • M.A. University of Washington, Seattle
  • B.A. University of Washington, Seattle
  • Chinese Dialectology
  • Dialect Geography
  • Historical Chinese Linguistics


Selected Articles and Book Chapters
  • 2015- "Mandarin, Varieties of." In Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics. Brill Online, 2015. <http://referenceworks.brillonline.com/entries/encyclopedia-of-chinese-language-and-linguistics/mandarin-varieties-of-COM_00000238>(Print version forthcoming.)
  • 2011- "Dialect Transition Zones in Southern Jiangsu—A Close Range Examination." In Microscopic Views of Language Distribution, edited by Cheng Chin-chuan, to be published by the Institute of Linguistics, Academia Sinica in Taiwan.
  • 2011- "The Rise of a New Urban Mandarin: Measuring the Outcome of Lexical Competition in the Contending Dialect Types of Jīntán County." In Urbanization, Language Contact, and Language Use in China, edited by Marinus van den Berg, Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 
  • 2011- "Mixed Mandarin & Wú—Dialects of Jìngjiāng Island 靖江方言的性质." In Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics. 
  • 2010- "The Affiliation of the Yánzhōu Dialects From the Perspective of Common Dialectal Chinese 从 汉语方言通音的角度考察严州方言的归属问题." In Studies in Honor of Jerry Norman 羅杰 瑞先生七秩晉三壽慶論文集, edited by W. South Coblin and Ann O. Yue 柯蔚南、余藹芹 主 編, published by the Ng Tor-tai Chinese Language Research Centre of the Institute of Chinese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong 香港中文大學中國文化研究所吳多泰中國語 文研究中心.
  • 2010- "Hangzhou Stories and Songs." In Columbia Reader of Chinese Folk and Popular Literature. Edited by Victor Mair and Mark Bender.
  • 2007- "Perspectives on the history of Guānhuà -- Thoughts upon reading W. South Coblin's studies of nányīn and běiyīn." In Modern Chinese phonology: from Guānhuà to Mandarin. By W. South Coblin. Collection des Cahiers de linguistique - Asie Oriental, 11. École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Centre de Recherches Linguistiques sur l'Asie Orientale. Paris.
  • 2006- "Common Dialect Phonology in Practice -- Y. R. Chao's Field Methodology." In The Chinese Rime-Tables: Linguistic Philosophy and Historical-Comparative Phonology. Ed. by David Prager Branner. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • 2006- "How Rime Book Based Analyses Can Lead Us Astray." In The Chinese Rime-Tables: Linguistic Philosophy and Historical-Comparative Phonology. Ed. by David Prager Branner. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

Courses Taught

Selected Awards and Distinctions
  • Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Starr Foundation East Asian Studies Endowment Fund Member, Spring 2015
  • Henry Luce Foundation U.S. China Cooperative Research Program Grant, 1999-2005
  • Jiangsu Friendship Award, 2005

Young-mee Yu Cho

Young Mee Yu Cho
Associate Professor of Korean Language and Culture

Scott Hall, Room 339
College Avenue Campus

Office Hours: M & W 10:20-11:20 | by appointment

Office Phone Number: 848-932-5603

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Curriculum Vitae

Young-mee Yu Cho is Associate Professor of Korean Language and Culture and author of Parameters of Consonantal Assimilation (1999) and coauthor of Integrated Korean (2000, 2001, 2010), the most popular Korean textbook series in the US. She served as President of the American Association of Teachers of Korean (www.aatk.org) for three years (2006-2009), and, as co-chair of the Korean National Standards Task Force, developed Standards for Korean Language Learning (2010, ACTFL). In addition, she co-organized the North American Workshop on Korean Literature (NAOKOL) with Professor Kyeong-Hee Choi of Chicago University between 2007-2010. Currently, she is working on her monograph, Korean Phonology and Morphology.

Education Areas of Specialization
  • Ph.D. Stanford University (Linguistics)
  • B.A. Seoul National University (English Language and Literature)
  • Phonology 
  • Morphology 
  • First and Second Language Acquisition
  • Syntax/Phonology Interface 
  • Korean and Japanese Linguistics
  • Historical Linguistics 
  • Language Teaching 
  • Textbook Development


Selected Articles and Book Chapters
  • “Laryngeal Contrast in Korean.” (2011) Companion to Phonology. Eds. Marc van Oostendorp, et. al. (Wiley-Blackwell). 
  • “A Historical Perspective on Nonderived Environment Blocking: the Case of the Korean Palatalization.” (2008) Eds. S. Inkelas and K. Hanson. The Nature of Word: Essays in Honor of Paul Kiparsky
  • “Melody, Rhythm, and Prosodic Structure in Linguistic Chants” (with M. Saiki) (2007) Eds. J. Grimshaw, et. al. Architectures, Rules and Preferences. (Stanford University), 431-445. 
  • “Semi-syllables and Exhaustive Syllabifications.'' (2003) (with T. King) Eds. C. Fery and R. van de Vivyer. The Syllable in Optimality Theory (Cambridge University Press) 183-222. 
  • “Diglossia in Korean Language and Literature: A Historical Perspective.” (Spring 2002) East Asia: An International Quarterly. 3-23. 
  • “Variation and Language Change in Optimality theory.” (1998) (with A. Anttila) Lingua. 104. 3 1-56. 
  • “A Lexical Account of Inflectional Suffixes in Korean.” (1995) (with P. Sells) Journal of East Asian Linguistics.
  • “Inalterability as Prespecification,'' (1993) (with S. lnkelas) Language 69. 3.

Courses Taught or Developed
  • Writing and Literacy in East Asia (01:214:310)
  • Elementary Korean I (01:574:101)
  • Elementary Korean II (01:574:102)
  • Intermediate Korean I (01:574:201)
  • Intermediate Korean II (01:574:202) 
  • Introduction to Korean Culture (01:574:210)
  • Korean Literature in Translation I (01:574:220)
  • Korean Literature in Translation II (01:574:220)
  • Introduction to Korean Cinema and Cinematic Language (01:574:230)
  • Korean Language in Culture and Society (01:574:250)
  • Advanced Korean I (01:574:301)
  • Advanced Korean II (01:574:302)
  • Advanced Korean for Business I (01:574:303)
  • Advanced Korean for Business II (01:574:304)
  • Advanced Readings in Korean I (01:574:401)
  • Advanced Readings in Korean II (01:574:402)
  • Readings in Korean Literature (01:574:410)
  • Independent Study in Korean I (01:574:495)
  • Independent Study in Korean II (01:574:496)
  • Honors in Korean (01:574:497)
  • Honors in Korean (01:574:498)
  • Graduate Seminar in Phonology [Linguistics Dept.] (01:615:525)
  • Writing Systems of the World [Undergraduate Honors Seminar] (06:090:199)

Selected Awards and Distinctions
  • Korea Foundation Grant for “Korean Studies Curricula in the Age of Multimedia Education.” (with A. Choi, K-H Choi and H-Y. Kim), 2003-2005
  • Tuttle Language Grant for “Multi-faceted Approach to the Teaching of Korean Literature/Culture” (with K. Choi, K. Chun, and H. Kim), 2002-2003
  • Research/Travel Grant, The Northeast Council, The Association of Asian Studies, 1999-2000
  • Research Council Grant, Rutgers University, 1997-1998 
  • Mellon Fellowship, National Foreign Language Center, John's Hopkins University, 1994
  • Fellowship, Summer Workshop on Curriculum Development, National Foreign Language Resource Center, University of Hawaii, 1993
  • Awarded a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Grant for “The Battle between Language and Music that Determines the Form of a Melody Pattern in Vocative Chant” (with M. Saiki, 2005-2007)

Professional Affiliations

Organizational Work
  • Worked as the Conference Manager for the Mid Atlantic Region/Association of Asian Studies Conference (Oct. 2008) and organized MAR/AAS Teaching Asia Workshop at Rutgers University
  • Organized “Workshop on the Korean Materials of William Elliot Griffis Collection at Rutgers University” (March 4, 2008) and coordinated the project of producing a detailed information document on the Korean Materials of the William Elliot Griffis Collection and its translation into English with Hui-gi Sim and Ann Choi (July 1, 2009)