Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award

Paul Tai Yip Ng Memorial Award 2023: Yujin Kim and Zoe Hong

March 18, 2024

Congratulations to Ms. Yujin Kim and Ms. Zoe Hong, the two winners of our 2023 Best Graduate Student Paper award.

Yujin Kim entered the MA program in Sociology at Simon Fraser University in 2022. She graduated from Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan with BA in Education and Culture (Honours, summa cum laude). Her undergraduate thesis presented Zainichi, Korean diasporas and descendants in Japan, especially focusing on their “stateless” nationality and citizenship as proof of their existence. Now studying in Vancouver, she is interested in discovering individuals’ transnational experiences and life histories by analyzing Korean migrants’ memoirs published in North America. The winning paper examines a Korean Canadian’s return to South Korea with affect theory, analyzing an essay book titled My Own Private Countries: Korea and Canada by Hannah Kim, a 1.5-generation Korean Canadian. Currently, she is working on her thesis under the supervision of Dr. Cindy Patton, exploring the voices of international Korean adoptees in Canada and the United States in their memoirs published in North America with affect theory.

"In-between (Un)familiar Homes: A Korean Canadian’s Affective Return to South Korea" by Yujin Kim

Zoe Hong completed her Master of Arts in International Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and her Bachelor of Arts in History at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She will be starting the PhD program in SFU’s Faculty of Health Sciences this fall, and she is currently a research assistant for the Pandemics and Borders project. Zoe would like to thank Dr. Nicole Jackson, professor of IS 842, for the guidance and support she has provided throughout Zoe’s academic endeavours. 

"Anti-Asian COVID-19 Disinformation and Misinformation: A Global Security Threat and its Governance Responses" by Zoe Hong