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Kristen Sun '11

Kristen Sun is a PhD candidate in the Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2011 with a BA in American Studies. Currently, her work focuses on representations of sexual/gendered violence in war in South Korean and American films, museums, and memorials with a particular focus on WWII and the Korean War. She received a Fulbright Fellowship and will be conducting dissertation research in the 2014-2015 academic year, conducting a study of Korean War memorials, museums, and films in South Korea as well as memorials, museums, and films that focus on the "comfort women" (military sex slaves of the Japanese Imperial army during WII). Her dissertation research seeks to bring together contemporary transnational memorial activism across South Korea and the U.S. with state-sanctioned and popular cultural representations of war that often obscure sexual/gendered violence during and after combat.