January 31

Simone Chun in The Suffolk Journal

The activism of Simone Chun (Government Department) was reported in The Suffolk Journal.  The journal cited that Chun is one of the professors whose “activism, scholarship, and progressive teaching create a thriving atmosphere for students’ desires. Neither boastful nor brazen, professors of the government department take on trials of the world with modest portrayals and inspiring intentions.”

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December 8

Simone Chun in Suffolk Journal

Our colleague in the Government Department, Simone Chun, is featured in the latest issue of The Suffolk Journal. The title of the piece, “Professor acts upon worker’s rights in South Korea,” describes the worker protest movement that has caught the attention of all of South Korea most of this year.

Feeling they were unjustly treated when their company fired 400 employees and outsourced their work to the Philippines, a long-lasting and highly visible strike action against the company started. One woman worker spent 309 days living in a tall crane at the work-site, supported by other strikers on the ground. Her protest ended in early November when some accommodation between the workers and the company was reached.

The article describes Simone’s on-going efforts to publicize the strike and rally support for the fired workers. Our congratulations to Simone.

June 19

Rising star Simone Chun

Assistant Professor Simone Chun has been selected to participate in the USC-Korea Foundation “Rising Stars” Mentorship Workshop in Fall 2011! She will be joining 15 Korean studies scholars from all fields in the social sciences and humanities and from institutions throughout the United States and Canada.
“This workshop will bring together the next generation of Korean studies scholars in either postdoctoral or assistant professor positions, along with senior scholars in the discipline. The intention is to link this new generation with each other, provide feedback on their work from senior scholars, and in particular mentor these younger scholars through the tenure process.”