Hyung-Gu is the Editor of Pacific Affairs, the leading academic journal for interdisciplinary study of contemporary Asia and the Pacific, and researches modern and contemporary Korea (South and North) and Japan, with chronological coverage from the late-19th century to the present and across subjects that include globalization, migration, popular culture, politics, international relations, and international security in East Asia.

Twitter: @hlynn5
Academia.edu: https://ubc.academia.edu/HyungGuLynn

Dr. Lynn holds the AECL/KEPCO Chair in Korean Research and is cross-appointed in the Department of Asian Studies. He was also the editor of Asia Pacific Memo, a digital outreach platform that ran from 2010 to 2017.


Ph.D. Harvard

Visiting Professor/ Past Positions

Korea University
Seoul National University
Kyushu University
Hitotsubashi University
Hanyang University
University of Tokyo

  • Globalization
  • Colonialism
  • Popular Culture
  • Migration


“Korean Webtoons: Explaining Growth,” Institute of Korean Studies Annual, no. 16 (2016): 1-13.

“Globalization and the Cold War,” in Richard Immerman and Petra Goedde, eds., Oxford History of the Cold War (London: Oxford UP, 2013): 584-601.

“Assessing Political Stability in Post-Kim Jong-Il North Korea,” Korea Economic Institute Academic Paper Series (2012): 1-12.

Edited book, Critical Readings on the Colonial Korea, 1910-45, 4 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2012).
“Review Essay: Kimjongilia and Crossing the Line,” American Anthropologist, 113, no. 1 (2011): 156-158.

“Ethnicity, Nationalism, and Migration in East Asia,” Co-authored with Apichai Shipper, and Eunice Kang, in Robert A. Denemark, ed., International Studies Compendium Project (Oxford: Blackwell, 2010).

Chuo Chosen Kyokai and Policy-Making in Colonial Korea,” in Matsuda Toshihiko, ed., Colonial Bureaucrats in the Japanese Empire (Kyoto: International Research Center for Japanese Studies, 2008), pp. 325-339 (Japanese).

“History of Gendered Migration in the Two Koreas,” Harvard Asia Quarterly, 11, no. 1 (2008): 16-31.
Book – Bipolar Orders: The Two Koreas Since 1989 (London: Zed, 2007).

“Vicarious Traumas: Television and Public Opinion in Japan’s North Korea Policy,” Pacific Affairs, 79, no. 3 (2006): 482-508.

“Malthusian Dreams, Colonial Imaginary: The Oriental Development Company and Emigration to Korea.” In Caroline Elkins and Susan Pedersen, eds., Settler Colonialism in the Twentieth Century: Projects, Practices and Legacies (London: Routledge, 2005), pp. 25- 40.

“Fashioning Modernity: Changing Meanings of Clothing in Colonial Korea,” Journal of International and Area Studies, 11, no. 3 (2004): 75-93.

“Antinomies of Distance and Desire: Epistemology of Korean History in North America,” Critical History Review 66 (2004): 159-179. (Korean).


“Moomins Multiplied: How Finnish art became popular in Japan,” Asia Pacific Memo, #371, March 25, 2016.

“Moomins Ascendant in Asia: Interview with Moomin Characters Ltd. Managing Director Roleff Kråkström,” Asia Pacific Memo, #370, March 22, 2016.

“Hope or Worry for the Future? Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo vs. Lee Sedol in Seoul,” Asia Pacific Memo, #368, March 11, 2016.

“South Korean webtoons: challenges of translating the domestic to the global,” Asia Pacific Memo, #366, February 26, 2016.

“The Invitation Only Zone: An Interview with Robert Boynton,” Asia Pacific Memo, #360, January 21, 2016.

“Music for the Mind? Virtuosity and Performativity in Celebrity Diplomacy,” Asia Pacific Memo, #314, October 29, 2014.

“North Korean Insiders: Some Give and Take with the Founders of Koryo Tours: Interview,” Asia Pacific Memo, #290, April 29, 2014.

“Of Sea Squirts and FTAs,” Asia Pacific Memo, #283, April 1, 2014.

“Against Abe: Listening for Oppositional Voices within Japan,” Asia Pacific Memo, #268, February 7, 2014.

“Japan-South Korea Spat? Business As Usual,” CNN Global Public Square, August 22, 2012.

“Las relaciones norte-sur” (South Korea’s Relations with North Korea), Vanguardia Dossier, April 2012, pp. 53-57 (Spanish).

“Il problema integrazione ci accomuna all’Occidente” (Problem of Integration with the West), Avvenire, 2011.06.05, A17 (Italian).

“Bucunzai tongyide shijiexing youxiu biaozhun (A Unified Global Standard for Excellence does not exist), Zhonguo shehuixuebao (Chinese Social Sciences Today), 2011.4.26 (Chinese).

“Tuidong kuawenhua xueshu yanjiu” (Promoting Cross-Cultural Research: Pacific Affairs), Zhonguo shehuixuebao (Chinese Social Sciences Today), 2010.10.12, p. 17 (Chinese).

“Media Narratives and North Korea: Content Convergence in (Mis)reporting on the Fate of the North Korean National Soccer Team Coach,” Asia Pacific Memo, #10, August 10, 2010.

  • Popular Culture
  • Globalization
  • Cultural Policy
  • Migration
  • North Korea