Eunjin Choi

Eunjin Choi

Korea Foundation Visiting Professor

Ph.D., Dongguk University

Specialization: Korean Film, Popular Culture

Office Hours: Wednesday 3:30-5:00pm (or by appointment)

Email:echoi@eastasian.ucsb.edu

Bio

Eunjin Choi’s areas of research are Korean films and popular culture. She is passionate about analyzing Korean society through mass media, especially films. Her primary research interest in Film Studies is based on Cultural Studies. She is conducting research on contemporary Korean films, TV dramas, and various media. Her dissertation, “’쉬리’ 이후 분단영화에 나타난 핍진성과 장르변주의 상호텍스트적 관계 연구 A Study on the Intertextual Relationship of Verisimilitude and Genre Variations in the Films on the Division of South and North Korea after ‘Shiri’”, is on films dealing with the division of the Korea Peninsula. She attempts to demonstrate how regime change has affected popular culture, especially these so-called “division films,” which are very political in nature. In her research on these films, she is currently focusing on how the transformed relationship between North and South Korea has affected Korean society and popular culture since 2017.

Professor Choi is also a documentary director. Her film “My Mom’s Korean Dream” (2013) is a 60-minute TV documentary about four migrant married women from China and Vietnam who attempt to pass the qualification for high school graduation as a way of making their children proud and pursuing their own dreams. She is also a film critic, writing critiques regularly for Korean magazines. She worked as a freelance editor on the book ‘영화인이 말하는 영화인 Film Crew Describe About Their Job’ (2017) and co-wrote the book ‘한국영화 기획 개발 경쟁력 강화 방안 연구 The Research on Korean Films to Improve Planning and Development’(2010). She has taught at several universities including Dongguk University and Sungshin University. In addition, she is experienced in working at film festivals as a program coordinator and seminar supervisor.

Publications

한국영화 기획 개발 경쟁력 강화 방안 연구 The Research on Korean Films to Improve Planning and Development
: Joint Researcher, Korea Film Council, 2010 (ISBN 978-89-8021-073-2)

Book cover for Research on Korean Films to Improve Planning and Development, by Eunjin Choi

영화인이 말하는 영화인 Film Crew Describe About Their Job
: Editor and Co-writer, Bookie, 2017 (ISBN 978-89-6051-605-2)

Book cover for Film Crew Describe Their Job, by Eunjin Choi
Book cover for Film Crew Describe Their Job, by Eunjin Choi

Selected Articles:

통일을 바라보는 두 개의 시선 Two Views of Unification of North and South Korea
: Journal of the Korea Contents Society (Paper No. 09-09-01-26), 2009

Language of the Gothic Woman: Jane Campion’s THE PIANO
: International Journal of Contents (Vol. 7, No. 3), 2011

캐릭터 성격표현에 의한 제스처 특징 분석: 영화 <아바타>의 ‘나비족’ 캐릭터를 중심으로 Analysis of Gesture Features on Character Expression of “Avatar”
: Joint Author (1/2), Korea Society of Cartoon and Animation Studies, (Vol. 24), 2011

Proposal of a Serious Game to Help Prevent Dementia
Games and Learning Alliance, 5th International Conference, GALA 2016, Utrecht, The Netherlands, December 5–7, 2016, Proceedings, co-author (1/3), (Scopus)

“뷰티 인사이드”에 나타난 액체근대의 징후 Signs of Liquid Modernity in ”Beauty Inside”
: The Journal of Image and Cultural Contents, (Vol. 13), 2018

Film:

그녀들의 졸업장 My Mom’s Korean Dream (2013) : Director, Cinematographer
Documentary (60’10”), September 10. 2013. Broadcasting on TV (ETN)