Instructor Bio

Terry Park



Terry K Park is a lecturer in the Asian American Studies Program. Prior to joining the University of Maryland in 2017, Dr. Park taught in the following programs and institutions: History & Literature at Harvard University, where he was awarded a certificate of teaching excellence, advised an award-winning senior thesis, and helped establish an Ethnic Studies field; the American Studies Program at Wellesley College, where he designed courses on Asian American Performance, Techno-Orientalism, and the Korean War, as well as a multimedia oral history project with Korean War survivors that was featured on Wellesley's Spotlight on Teaching series; and the Asian/Asian American Studies Program at Miami University of Ohio. Park has also taught Asian American studies courses at UC Davis, Hunter College, and San Quentin State Prison. Included on the list, “Inspiring Activists: Trailblazers and leaders in the community and in the struggle for social justice” by San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Dr. Park's teaching and scholarship shapes, and is shaped by, his participation in several community-based Asian American organizations, including a stint as Executive Director of Hyphen magazine, an award-winning print- and web-based publication on Asian American culture, politics, and arts. He also currently serves as an academic coach for Ideas on Fire, an academic publishing and consulting agency helping interdisciplinary, progressive academics write and publish awesome texts, enliven public conversations, and create more just worlds.

Dr. Park's research focus on how the Korean War, popularly known as the US's "forgotten war," shaped, and continues to shape, US liberal empire and Transpacific cultural practices. He has authored journal articles, encyclopedia entries, policy reports, and book reviews on the ghostly legacies of the Korean War in US and Asian American culture, including the lead essay in a special issue on Asian American performance art in MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. He has articles in two forthcoming anthologies--one on militarization and Asian American critique, and one on teaching Asian American Studies. Dr. Park plans to pursue two ongoing projects at UMD--a multimedia oral history project with Washington, D.C.- and Baltimore-area survivors of U.S. wars in the Asian-Pacific region, and a digital archive on Asian American spoken word, from which he will write a book and a partner will film a documentary.

For more information about Dr. Park's academic, activist, and performance work, please visit his website,


PhD Cultural Studies Graduate Group, University of California, Davis (2014)
MA Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University (2006)
BA International Studies, Vassar College (2001)

Research and Publications

“Ivory Tower and the Watch Tower: Reflections on Teaching ‘Asian American Permanent War’ at Wellesley College and San Quentin State Prison.” Teaching Asian America: Politics, Pedagogy, and Practice, Eds. Cathy Schlund-Vials and Jennifer Hayashida. University of Illinois Press. Forthcoming.

“’Go Ahead, Get Off My Lawn: The Korean War, The Gift of Freedom, and Guarding the Home/front in Clint Eastwood’s Gran Torino.” Militarism and Asian American Critique. Ed. Cathy Schlund-Vials. Rutgers University Press. Forthcoming.

(Book Review): DMZ Crossing: Performing Emotional Citizenship Along the Korean Border. Suk-Young Kim. New York: Columbia University Press, 2014. In Pacific Affairs (March 2016 Volume 89, No. 1).

(Book Review): Visual Politics and North Korea: Seeing is Believing. David Shim. New York: Routledge, 2014. In 38 North, US-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University (March 4, 2014).

“The Unorthodox Wisdom of Dennis Rodman.” Editorial. Korea Policy Institute: 13 August 2013. . Cross-posted in the Fall 2013 issue of Korean Quarterly.

“Richard Park.” Asian Americans: An Encyclopedia of Social, Cultural, Economic, and Political History, Eds. Edward J.W. Park and Xiaojian Zhao, Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2012.

“Eternal Return of the Saline Body: Michael Joo’s Salt Transfer Cycle.” MELUS: Multi-Ethnic Literature of the U.S. Vol. 36, Issue 4 (Winter 2011).

“Bruce Lee” and “Folk Dance and Performance in Korean America,” Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore, Eds. Jonathan H. X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau, Santa Barbara: Greenwood Press, 2010.


  • AAST200: Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • AAST201: Asian American History