ChoiHeeyoung Choi

Ph.D. Program

Field:  Modern Asia

Advisor:  Professor E. Taylor Atkins

Contact:  hchoi1@niu.edu or Z1701162@students.niu.edu 

Fields of Interest: Chosŏn and Colonial Korea (1392-1945); Southeast Asia; Ethnomusicology; Nationalism; Transnationalism; Cultural History of Immigrants 

My research seeks to investigate the early 20th century Hawai`i, which has provided unique opportunities to study the cultural convergence of multi-ethnic immigrant populations. By capitalizing on my previous educational background in Asian music history and Korean musicology from South Korea, my work examines how the performing arts have influenced cultural exchange and identity formation among immigrants in 20th century Hawai`i. 

HONORS 

2015                Large Grant Award, Northern Illinois University Department of History.

2015                Young Scholars Fund Award, International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM).

2015                Hugh Jameson Graduate Student Essay Prize, Northern Illinois University Department of History.

2014                Percy Buchanan Prize, Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) for the best graduate paper on Northeast Asia at the SWCAS and MCAA joint meeting.

2014                Large Grant Award, Northern Illinois University Department of History.

 

PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Choi, H. Y. (2015, October). Koreans in the Different Spaces in Hawai`i during the Early 1940s. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA), Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

 Choi, H. Y. (2015, July). Influence of Performing Arts on Nationalism And Cultural Interaction Between Ethnic Groups: Music And Dance of Korean Immigrants in Hawai‘i during the 20th Century. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM), Astana, Kazakhstan.

Choi, H. Y. (2015, April). Korean Nationalism and Cultural Interaction between Ethnic Groups in Hawai‘i through the Performing Arts: The History of the Halla Huhm Studio. Paper presented at the Teaching World Music Symposium, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

 Choi, H. Y. (2015, April). Developing Online World Music Resources: A Web Design Framework. Paper presented at the Teaching World Music Symposium, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL.

 Choi, H. Y. (2014, October). The Influence of Performing Arts on the Nationalism and the Cultural Interaction between Ethnic Groups: Music and Dance of Korean Immigrants in Hawai'i during the Early 20th Century. Paper presented at Southwest Conference on Asian Studies (SWCAS) and Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs (MCAA) joint meeting, University of Kansas, Kansas City, MO.