Steven Chung

Associate Professor of Korean Film and Cultural Studies
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On leave 2023-2024 academic year

  • Ph.D. in East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of California, Irvine
  • M.A. in English Literature, University of British Columbia
  • B.A. in English Literature. University of Toronto

Steven Chung is associate professor in the East Asian Studies department, associate faculty in Comparative Literature, and Acting Chair of the University Committee for Film Studies. His research and teaching interests range widely: from Korean and East Asian film and media to global histories of political and religious conversion to traditions in film theory and critical theory. His first book, Split Screen Korea: Shin Sang-ok and Postwar Cinema, published in 2014 and winner of that year’s Association for Asian Studies Prize for Best Book in Korean Studies, explored the aesthetic and political terrain of the postcolonial and postwar Korean peninsula through the work of filmmaker Shin Sang-ok. His current research tracks the circulation and reconfiguration of audiovisual technologies throughout Cold War in East and Southeast Asias.

With his departmental colleagues Erin Huang and Franz Prichard, Chung launched Asia, Theory, Visuality, an initiative with a twofold purpose: the establishment of networks of intellectual exchange both within and beyond the Princeton community; and the creation of an eclectic but sustained set of dialogues about Asia, geopolitics and media that could traverse the disciplinary and geographic boundaries of both the area and media studies fields.

Recent courses

  • EAS 325 Cinematic Translation, Generic Adaptation: Melodrama, Horror, Action
  • EAS 365 Contemporary Korean Media Cultures
  • EAS 349 North Korean Imaginaries
  • EAS 370 Conversion Media and Cold War in Asia
  • EAS 529 Readings in East Asian Film and Media Studies
  • EAS 576 Critical Trespasses: Theorizing Political and Intellectual Borders
Selected Publications

“Flower in Hell (1958): Stylization, Landscape and the Presence of War.” In Sangjoon Lee ed. Rediscovering Korean Cinema. University of Michigan Press (2019)

“Planned Architectures of Cinematic Realism: Notes on Foreign Nonfiction Film in Colonial Korea.” In SAI: International Korean Literatures (SAI: Kukche han’guk munhak). (November 2017)

“The Cold War in Korean Cinemas.” Co-edited with Hyun Seon Park special issue of The Journal of Korean Studies. (Fall 2017)

Split Screen Korea Revisited, or, the Location of Korean Cinema Studies” (“Punhwal toen sŭkŭrin han’guk hogŭn han’guk yŏnghwa yŏn’gu ŭi wich’i rŭl saenggak hamyŏ”). In Sanghur Hakbo: The Journal of Modern Korean Literature (Sanghŏ Hakbo), (Peer-reviewed Korean journal) 46. (February 2016), 559-574.