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Northeast Asia Center

#Cold War and Peace in East Asia  #Trans-Borders and Frontiers  #Asia Tourism  #Asiaization of Asia  #Geoeconomics

The Northeast Asia Center (NEAC) has accumulated academic capacities around themes related to the Northeast Asian region such as the Cold War
and post-Cold War, borders and minorities, cultural heritage and geographical imagination, and division and the North Korean problem, and has constructed research networks at home and abroad. As a central unit of consilient research combining the region and themes in Northeast Asia including North and South Koreas, China, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong, NEAC has played a leading role in studying East Asian trans-borders and frontiers, Asia tourism, and conflicts and peace in the Korean peninsula and East Asia. Further, NEAC contributes to strengthening common research capacities through academic consilience by serving as a hub of communication and cooperation among Asia-related research institutes in SNU.

Main Projects and Research Topics

  • Conflicts and peace in North and South Koreas and East Asia: Studying the changes in world order and seeking solidarity and cooperation in Northeast Asia
  • Trans-borders and frontiers of East Asia: Studying the solution of Cold War order and seeking a new East Asian order
  • Asia Tourism: Investigating sociocultural meaning of tourism and the composition of East Asian tourism through travelling and exchanges
  • Asiaization of Asia: Seeking systematic Asian studies in the process of regional exchanges and integration with Asia as the unit of analysis
  • Changes in the geoeconomic dynamics of Asia: Participating as a member of the Council of Asia Regional Research Institutes at Seoul National University (CARISNU) and supporting the
    council’s activities


Yoon, J. (2020). Postsocialist Transformation in the early days of Shenzhen SEZ in China and Its Implication for North Korea: Focusing on the Formation and Social (Re)Constellation of ’Space of Exception’. Research Institute for the Tamla Culture, 63.

Kim, J. (2020). The Formation and Changes of Hansen’s Disease Control Policy in Malay Peninsula. Research Institute for the Tamla Culture, 63.

Kang, I. (2019). The Conscription System and the Aftermath of the Korean War in 1950s : Equity of the Military Service and Amendment of Military Service Law (1950-1957). Korean Journal of Law & Society, 62.

Kang, I. (2019). 2019 Hong Kong Protests, Democracy, and post-colonialism. History for Tomorrow, 77.

Jung, K. S. & Kang, M. (eds.) (2019). Asia Tourism. Zininzin.

Lee, J. H. (2017). Imagery of North Korea in Daily Life of Chinese People. Zininzin.

Nam, E. Y. (2018). Changes in Family Values: From Traditional Familism to Selective Familsm? Looking back on the changes in Korean society. Zininzin.

Lee, J. H. (2017). North Korea and the North Korean nuclear issue as reflected in the Chinese on-line debate forum. Asia Review, 7(1).

Lee, J. H. (2017). The expansion of Chinese nationalism in the 1990s and the publication of China Can Say “No” and China is Unhappy. The Journal of Humanities, 38(3).

Lee, J. H. (2017). The trajectory of Jia Zhangke`s film and new attempt on Tianzhuding. The Journal of Chinese Language & Literature, 60.

Lee, J. H. (2017). The image of character in Mountains May Depart and Jia Zhangke’s Transformation. The Journal of Modern Chinese Literature, 83.

Nam, E. Y. (2018). Comparison of life satisfaction in Korea and Japan: Focusing on influence of social integration factors. Journal of Social Security, 34(1).

Nam, E. Y. (2017). Chinese tourists’ gaze and travel experiences in Korea, Asia Review, 6(1).


Keun-Sik Jung | Director | | Sociology | Historical sociology, Cultural sociology, Sociology of body

Jongseok Yoon | HK Research Professor | | Sociology | Migration and citizenship, Social transformation, Political sociology, Historical sociology, Industry and labor relations, Developmentalism and political economy

InHwa Kang | Visiting Fellow | | Sociology | Historical sociology, Sociology of gender, Political sociology, Social movement

JaeHyung Kim | Visiting Fellow | | Sociology | Medical sociology, Historical sociology, Sociology of law, Social movement and human rights in East Asia, Institutionalization, Eugenics, Racism, Vagrancy

Soon-Jick Hong | Visiting Fellow | | Economics | Economic cooperation/unification between South and North Korea