John Finch is Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures and Associate Director of the Institute for Korean Studies within the School of Global and International Studies. Before coming to Indiana University, Finch was Assistant Professorial Lecturer in the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures at George Washington University from 2004 to 2015.

Trained as a cultural anthropologist, he specializes in the Asia Pacific region, and his research has focused on family, migration and education; gender, culture and cinema; globalization and inequality; and household and community ethnography. The courses that he has taught include: Contemporary South Korean Society; Seminar on Comparative Politics; Divided Korea; Cinema and Society in Contemporary Korea; Korean Society through Literature and Film; and Introduction to Anthropology.

He has published articles in referred journals including Journal of Migration and Ethnic Studies; Korean Studies; Journal of Political Economy and Good Society; Oceania; Cultural Survival Quarterly; and Oral History. Most recently, his review of Kyung Hyun Kim’s book, Virtual Hallyu: Korea Cinema of the Global Era, was published in Asian Studies Review (2014). Currently, he is co-authoring a book, entitled The Making of Global Citizens?: Transnational Migration and Education in Kirŏgi Families, with Seung-kyung Kim.

He will be teaching “Korean War Movies: Examining the History of War and National Division through Film” in spring 2018.


Photo: Detail of Changdeok Palace, Seoul / John Finch

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