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David Choi

Areas of Interest: Asian American literature, Cold War history, Korean American history, mental health, religious studies



David Choi (he/him) is a second-generation, queer Korean American from North Carolina and a second-year graduate student in the Asian American Studies MA program. Broadly, he is interested in understanding how intergenerational trauma, historiography, and conservatism relate in Korean American churches using the frameworks of transpacific Korean studies, neoliberalism, and hauntology. He is also interested in Asian American literature and the role it plays in memory and healing. He received a B.S. in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with minors in Creative Writing and Medicine, Literature, and Culture. In his free time, he enjoys listening to audiobooks, trying to write short stories, and taking nostalgic walks in K-town.


B.S. UNC Chapel Hill

Research Interests

Korean American churches, Sexuality and Gender, post-humanism, neoliberalism, intergenerational trauma, queer and Asian American literature, haunting

David Choi