Min Kyung Yoo

PhD Candidate

Lansstraße 5-9
14195 Berlin

Imagining South Korean Modernity : U.S.’s Role in South Korean Nation State Building and the Power of the American Image.

Since the end of World War II, the U.S’s sociopolitical influence, together with its dominant economic and military power has left a significant mark on developing countries across the globe. My dissertation engages with the debate on how a non-western culture that has been assimilating with the U.S. imagine its ‘national identity’ in the context of modernization and globalization; the U.S.-South Korean relationship is used as a case study to understand how world cultures are (trans)formed in the 21st century and how the power of the constructed image of America affects their national identity formation. Although the “Republic of Korea” grew to become one of the most successful and significant allies among the several modernization projects the U.S. launched, the capitalistic and democratic nation-state building in South Korea was tumultuous, violent and full of unexpected consequences. As a result, extreme obsequiousness towards American culture coexists with racist anti-Americanism in contemporary South Korean culture, reciprocally affecting the way South Koreans picture themselves and their own nation. Drawing on postcolonial approaches like Homi Bhabha’s conception of hybridity, my dissertation explores how the images of America played an essential role in the imagining of a modern South Korean nation state. It further engages with the development of mass media—specifically television—and the parallel social transformations in South Korea in order to challenge today’s normalized dichotomous outlook towards the U.S., and to problematize the misrecognitions/misconceptions that hinder South Koreans from critically perceiving their own hybrid cultural identity. 



Graduated with High School Diploma, The Taft School, in Watertown, CT


Pre College Summer Program at Rhode Island School of Design for 6 weeks


New York University Class of 2011
Concentration in Gallatin School of Individual Studies : Sociology and Art History

Awards and Extracurriculars

  • Dean’s List in New York University (3 Semesters)
  • Dean’s Circle in New York University
  • Creative Director at NYChic, a fashion magazine in NYU (2009-2011)
  • Currently Editor of AliceOn.NET in collaboration with The Medium

Employment and Internship


Private Gallery Exhibition
at La palette Bakery Café Gallery 49 Deforest St. Watertown, CT 06795  860-945-3336

Spring 2009 Artists Space Internship for 12 weeks.
Intern at Artists Space gallery on 35 Greene St. New York, NY 10013.
Summer  Paradigm Art PR and Research Assistant for PAA
Spring 2010 - Summer 2010  Internship at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Special Publications/ Merchandising Department
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028-0198 
Sprint 2011  Internship at Metropolitan Museum of Art, Development and Special Events

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028-0198

May 2011 - August 2011  Temporary Staff/ Intern at Resident Advisor office in Berlin, Germany
Spring 2012 - Fall 2012  Events and Project Coordinator at Svarta Svanen 
Dahlem Research School
Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft