Congratulations to the Japanese MA program alumni Drew Korschun, who graduated in 2019. After stints as a Fulbright Fellow in Mongolia and teaching Korean language in a Texas high school, he is ready to return to academic life. He has been accepted to and will enter the Japanese Ph.D. program of UC Berkeley’s East Asian Languages and Cultures Department this coming fall. Drew plans to focus on the literary production of the Japanese Empire, especially early twentieth-century writing from Japan, Korea, and Northeast China. In particular, he hopes to investigate how Japanese and ethnically othered writers inscribe disability and queerness into their texts to reinforce or undermine the colonial state’s narratives of capitalism, heteropatriarchal control, and ‘productive' citizenry.
Our warmest wishes to Drew for the successful pursuit of advanced degree and a wonderful time in Berkeley!