Teaching Fellows

Heangjin Park

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences Heangjin Park

Heangjin Park

Teaching Fellow in the Social Sciences

Heangjin Park’s research and teaching interests are broadly concerned with the global circulation of commodities, industrial production and distribution of food, and nationalism in contemporary Northeast Asia (South Korea and China). He holds a Ph.D. and MA in Anthropology from the University of Chicago and MA from Seoul National University. Park’s dissertation,Manufacturing “Korea” in China: The Coproduction of Commodity Value and Nationalist Imaginaries in the Chinese Kimchi Industry, explores the material, semiotic, and logistical making of “Koreanness” in kimchi from the perspectives of kimchi manufacturers and distributors in China. Based on 13 months of fieldwork in a kimchi factory in Qingdao, China, his dissertation reveals how Korean-Chinese (chosŏnjok) entrepreneurs reflect on and respond to the changing economic and political conditions across China and South Korea. By attending to the nationalist worldviews embedded in the commodity supply chain, his research explores how themobilities of commodities, people, and capital are coordinated for overcoming and performing the distance between “Korea” and “China.” As a Teaching Fellow in the College and the Department of Anthropology, he teaches the Social Science Core Sequence “Self, Culture, and Society” and Anthropology courses on Business and Logistics.