Purpose of this Site

Despite Cheju Island’s emerging position as a significant center of international tourism in Northeast Asia, the island’s long and rich history and traditions are still little understood in much of academia, even within Korean Studies. This presents a major blind spot in our understanding of Korea as well as the larger Northeast Asian region. With a remarkably different trajectory of historical development (and now one of the most interesting cases of rapid urban development in an age of globalized tourism), Cheju Island’s unusual situation effectively demonstrates how incomplete is our understanding of Korean Studies. This blog is meant to introduce the island’s history to the English-speaking world and address the severe lack of written materials available. As research is ongoing, posts will be periodically added and updated.

*Note: as most of academia outside of Korea utilizes the McCune-Reischauer Romanization system of Korean, I will also do so for the sake of consistency.

About the Author

Tommy Tran is a PhD student at the University of California at Los Angeles in the department of Asian Languages and Cultures. His primary focus is urban ethnography in Korean Studies and the study of Cheju.


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  4. David Nemeth
    Dec 05, 2015 @ 16:44:22

    Keep up the good work, Tommy! djn


  5. Jandariel
    Feb 26, 2017 @ 01:04:15

    Hello, I noticed that one of your articles called The “End” of Tamna? from July 2012 was deleted and no longer available. What happened?


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