Robert Ji-Song Ku

Robert Ji-Song Ku

Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies;
Co-coordinator of Asian American and Diaspora Studies;


Ph.D., English, The Graduate Center of the City University of New York
M.A., English, New York University

Office: LS G669
Phone: 777-4517

Areas of Study and Interest

Asian American studies
Korean/American popular culture
Food studies
Sport studies

Recent Courses:

Food, Race, Nation
Sport, Race, Gender
Asian American Cultural Representations
Asian Food, Politics, Culture
Korean American Literature and Culture

Published Books

Dubious Gastronomy: The Cultural Politics of Eating Asian in the USA (University of Hawaii Press, 2014). (Winner of Asian/Pacific American Award for Best Non-Fiction, 2014-15). 

Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader, co-edited with Martin Manalansan and Anita Mannur (NYU Press, 2013).

Books in Preparation

From Bollywood to "Hallyuwood": Mapping Power and Pleasure Across Pop Empires, co-edited with Sharon Heijin Lee and Monika Mehta (contract with University of Hawaii Press).

Science, Medicine, and Technology in Modern Korea, co-edited with Sonja Kim (contract with University of Hawaii Press).

Other Publications

"What's K-pop Got To Do With It? (forthcoming)

"From VHS to DramaFever: Technological Change and Hallyu" (forthcoming)

"Is That Kimchi in My Taco? A Brief Story of Korean Food in the United States." (forthcoming)

"Yellow." In Keywords for Asian American Studies, ed. Cathy Schlund-Vials Linda Vo, and Scott Wong, 244-246. New York: New York University Press, 2015.
"Asian American Food.: In Encyclopedia of Asian American Society, ed. Mary Yu Danico, 385-388. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE, 2015.

Review of K-Pop: Popular Music, Cultural Amnesia, and Economic Innovations in South Korea by John Lie, East Asian Journal of Popular Cutlure 1, no. 2 (June 2015) 304-307.

Review of Chop Suey: A Cultural History of Chinese Food in the United States by Andrew Coe, Gastronomica (forthcoming).

Review of Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors by Lizzie Collingham. Food and Foodways 16.1 (January 2008). 98-102.

“Confessions of an English Professor: Globalization and the Anxiety of the (Standard) English Practice.” Language and Linguistics in Context. Eds. Harriett Luria, Deborah Seymour, and Trudy Smoke. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Earlbaum Associates, 2006. 377-384.

“Asian American Literature, Post-1965.” Co-authored with Alexandra Suh. Crossing Into America: The New Literature of Immigration. Eds. Louis Mendoza and S. Shankar. New York: The New Press, 2003. 314-26.

Review of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Journal of Asian American Studies 6.1 (2003). 101-103.

“September 11: Farewell, My Birthday.” Amerasia Journal 27:3/28.1 (Winter 2001/Spring 2002). 243-54.

“‘Beware of Tourists if You Look Chinese’ and Other Survival Tactics in the American Theatre: The Asian(cy) of Display in Frank Chin’s The Year of the Dragon.” Journal of American Drama and Theatre 11 (Spring 1999). 78-92.

Last Updated: 2/4/16