East Asia-Korea, 2011
East Asian history, especially Korea and Taiwan; capitalism and colonialism; sociocultural theory
Learning Liberation: Emergence of Capitalism in Korea and Taiwan
Jaewoong is a doctoral candidate in history at the University of Chicago and his current research focuses on the great transformations of late nineteenth and early twentieth century East Asia. He is particularly interested in the intersection between history and social theory. His doctoral dissertation analyzes capitalist transition in Korea and Taiwan at the turn of the twentieth century, which came in the form of Japanese colonization. The project shows how Korean and Taiwanese societies initially resisted the transition to differing degrees and how the transition eventually ended with the subsumption of both societies under capitalism. Jaewoong received a 2016–17 Fulbright-Hays Fellowship for his research in Seoul and Taipei.