Conversation with Na Young and Yurim Lee about feminist politics in Korea and the Korean diaspora
Na Young is a former student activist and a long-time queer feminist activist who has previously worked with Cultural Action 문화연대 and Global Action Network/Feminist School (NGA/SF). She is a co-founder and current representative of Center for Sexual rigHts And Reproductive justicE (SHARE) and a key part of the recent effort to decriminalize abortion in South Korea. Na Young has been an active part of the Rainbow Action Against the Discrimination of Sexual Minorities as well as Solidarity Action for Anti-discrimination Law Enactment, and has published numerous essays and editorials concerning religious fundamentalism, sexual politics, and reproductive justice. Her recent writings appear in Feminism without Border: Feminist Response to Yemenese Refugees in Jeju (2019) and Battleground: Sexual Politics around the Criminalization of Abortion and Reproductive Justice (2018).
Yurim Lee is a reproductive justice activist and co-founder of Center for Sexual rigHts And Reproductive justicE (SHARE), a recipient of the Human Rights Advocates of the Year Award by the National Human Rights Commission in 2019. She was a key part of Solidarity Action for Anti-discrimination Law Enactment. Currently a PhD student in Gender Studies at UCLA, Lee is pursuing research on connections between reproductive justice, state-led population control, and transnational adoptions from South Korea. Her writings appear in Battleground: Sexual Politics around the Criminalization of Abortion and Reproductive Justice (2018) and Meritocracy and Inequality (2020), both in Korean.
Ju Hui Judy Han is a cultural geographer and Assistant Professor in Gender Studies at UCLA, where she teaches classes on gender and sexuality, Korean studies, (im)mobilities, and comics. Her research and publications concern conservative religious formations, queer activism, and protest cultures. Judy grew up in Seoul and has lived and worked in Los Angeles, Berkeley/Oakland, Vancouver, and Toronto.