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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).

Selected 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.

Gannenshoyu or First Year Soy Sauce? Kikkoman Soy Sauce and the Corporate Forgetting of the Early Japanese American Consumer.” In Eating Asian America: A Food Studies Reader, ed. Robert Ji-Song Ku, Martin Manalansan IV, and Anita Mannur, 208-229. New York: New York University Press, 2013. 

 “Forum: On the Desi America-Asian America Split and New Alignments Between South Asian, Arab, Middle Eastern, and Muslim Americans.” With Deepa Iyer, Gary Okihiro, Jack Tchen, Sunita Mukhi, Jennifer Hayashida, Abla Harara, and Nadia Firozvi. The Asian American Literary Review 2, no. 1.5 (Fall 2011): 144-170.

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.

Editorial Work

Advisory Editor, The Asian American Literary Review

Food in Asia and the Pacific, Book Series, University of Hawai‘i Press, co-edited with Christine Yano.


Fulbright U.S. Scholar grant to Korea, 2016.



Last Updated: 8/30/16