Sophia University

Academics Professors Information

CHOO Kukhee

Assistant Professor
Globalization and cultural policies; Trans-Asian media flows;
Media representations of bodies

B.S., M.A., University of Texas
Ph.D. University of Tokyo

Research and Teaching Interests:

My research interests lie in the fields of cultural studies, film and popular media, postcolonial nationalism, biopolitics and surveillance.

Email: kc.choo[at]sophia.ac.jp
Office: 10-632

Selected Publications

Books

  • Kukhee Choo. 2013. Contents Transformation in East Asia: Popular Culture, Media and Identity, Tokyo: Seikyusha (co-edited with Takeshi Tanikawa et al.)

Journal Articles

  • Kukhee Choo. "Memories of Comfort: Postcolonial Production and Consumption of Koreeda Hirokazu’s Air Doll (2009)" in Popular Culture and the Transformation of Japan-Korea Relations, Rumi Sakamoto, & Stephen Epstein (eds.), Routledge (forthcoming 2020)
  • Kukhee Choo. My Sassy Girl (2001): The Taming of the Yŏpgi" in Rediscovering Korean Cinema, Sangjoon Lee (ed.), Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press (forthcoming fall 2019)
  • Kukhee Choo. 2018. "Cool Governance: Japan’s Ubiquitous Society, Surveillance, and Creative Industries." Cutlure, Theory & Critique, Vol. 59, No. 2, 94-118. .
  • Kukhee Choo. 2014. “Hyperbolic Nationalism: South Korea's Shadow Animation Industry.” Mechademia,Vol. 9, 144-162.
  • Kukhee Choo. 2013. “Japan Studies and Anime Research: The Structure of Self-Reflexivity. ” Repre, Vol. 18. (written in Japanese by author)
  • Kukhee Choo. 2011. “Yoshimi Shunya Interviewed by Kukhee Choo. ” Television & New Media Journal, Vol. 12, No. 6, 560-572.
  • Kukhee Choo. 2010. “Anime, Game, and American Media. ” Planets, Vol. 7, 248-256 (written in Japanese by author)
  • Kukhee Choo. 2009. “Visual Evolution across the Pacific: The Influence of Anime on US Film Media. ” Post Script, Vol. 28, No. 2, 28-37.
  • Kukhee Choo. 2008. “Girls Return Home: Portrayal of Femininity in Popular Japanese Shōjo Manga/Anime during the 1990s in the Cases of Hana Yori Dango and Fruits Basket. ” Women: a Cultural Review, Vol. 19, No. 3, 275-296. (selected as Top 25 Most Read Gender Articles Published from Routledge in 2014)
  • Kukhee Choo. 2008. “The Shifting Relationship between the Japanese Government and the Anime Industry. ” Commentary on the Cultural Industry in China, Vol. 8, 2008. 301-317.

Book Chapters

  • Kukhee Choo. 2013. “Playing the Global Game: Japan Brand and Globalization ” in Asian Popular Culture: The Global (dis)connection, Anthony Fung (ed.), Routledge, 213-227.
  • Kukhee Choo. 2013. “Relocating Anime in Early Television History” in Contents Transformation in East Asia: Popular Culture, Media and Identity, Takeshi Tanikawa, Kukhee Choo, Noriko Sudo & Dixon Wong (eds.), Seikyusha, 152-169. (written in Japanese by author)
  • Kukhee Choo. 2011. “Nationalizing ‘Cool’: Japan’s Global Promotion of the Content Industry” in Popular Culture and the State in East and Southeast Asia, Nissim Otmazgin and Eyal Ben-Ari (eds.), London: Routledge, 83-103.
  • Kukhee Choo. 2010. “Another Possibility for Japan Studies” in The Futures of Japanese Imagination: Possibilities for Cool Japanology, Hiroki Azuma (ed.), NHK Publishing, 227-257. (symposium proceedings)
  • Kukhee Choo. 2010. “ Cool Japan Nation: The Japanese Government’s Popular Culture Promotion Policy” in Reading Nationalism through Subculture: Visualizing Identites, Tanikawa Takeshi, Dixon Wong, & Yongmei Wu (eds.), Seikyusha, 50-71. (written in Japanese by author)
  • Kukhee Choo. 2010. “Consuming Japan: Early Korean Girls Comic Book Artists’ Resistance and Empowerment” in Complicated Currents: Media Flows, Soft Power and East Asia, Daniel Black, Stephen Epstein & Alison Tokita (eds.), University of Monash Press, 6.1-6.16.
  • Kukhee Choo. 2009. “In search of the Lost Voices: Korean Female Comic Book Artists’ Resistance and Empowerment: under the Military Regime” in Border-crossing Popular Culture: From Li Xianglan to Tackey, Tanigawa Takeshi & Haguchi Hideko (eds.), Seikyusha, 41-80. (written in Japanese by author)

Translations

  • Kukhee Choo. 2015. “Anime Creativity: Characters and Premises in the Quest for Cool Japan” by Ian Condry in Digital Studies 2: Media Representation, Mike Featherstone, Hidetaka Ishida, Shunya Yoshimi (eds.), University of Tokyo Press (from English to Japanese)
  • Kukhee Choo. 2008. “The Japanese Influence on Korea’s Popular Music: The Difference Before and After 1945” by Junhui Lee in Border-crossing Popular Culture: From Li Xianglan to Tackey, Tanigawa Takeshi & Haguchi Hideko (eds.), Seikyusha, 171-198. (from Korean to Japanese)

COURSES

Courses No Title 2019 Semester Offered
ART306
MEDIA STUDIES
Spring