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, terrykpark.com.
MA Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University (2006)
BA International Studies, Vassar College (2001)
Research and Publications
“’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: Kpolicy.org 13 August 2013.
“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