University of Wisconsin–Madison

Eunhee Park

Advisor: Charles Kim

Eunhee Park


My dissertation examines the increasing financial agency that urban women acquired through innovative economic strategies, including grassroots interpersonal networks that lay outside the state banking system, such as Rotating Credit Associations (RCAs), or kye, real estate ventures and sideline businesses, that enabled these women and their families to pursue upward class mobility and homeownership amidst severe social dislocation and economic stress that resulted from South Korea’s rapid, but uneven, economic development and modernization during the 1960s and 1970s.


M.A., International Studies 2008, Seoul National University, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul, Korea
B.A., English Education 1999, Kyunghee University, Seoul, Korea


  • East Asian History

MA Title

  • “Features and Characteristics on Controls Toward Korean People’s Everyday Lives Reflected on the Media Coverage of 1973-1974: The Family Rites Code and Restrictions on Antisocial Entrepreneurs”

Working Dissertation Title

  • “Bittersweet Home: Navigating the Elusive Middle-Class Aspiration of Homeownership through Women’s Financial Strategies in South Korea from the 1960s to the 1970s”

Selected Publications

  • “Kyebaram: The Culture of Money and Investment Fever in the 1970s.” (Edited), Cultures of Yushin: Perspectives on Contemporary Korea, University of Michigan Press (forthcoming)
  • Hwang, Jae-moon. 2014. “A Re-Assessment of the Characteristics of Chang Hon’s Instructional Texts.” Translated by Eunhee Park. Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 27, no. 2 (2014): 211-239.
  • Review of “Imperatives of Culture: Selected Essays on Korean History, Literature, and Society from the Japanese Colonial Era,” edited by Christopher P. Hanscom. Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 27, no.1 (2014): 142-144.
  • Review of “Women Standing on the Margins,” edited by Chin-song Chong. Seoul Journal of Korean Studies 26, no. 2 (2013): 409-411.
  • “The Successful Fusion of Tradition and Innovation: A Brief History of the Postnatal Care Industry in South Korea and Beyond.” In Creative Humanities in the Age of Globalization, edited by the Department of History, Sungkyunkwan University. 75-88. Seoul (South Korea): Sungkyunkwan University Press, December 20, 2013.
  • 2009. The 1970s’ Korean Government Family Policy and Media Coverage: Focusing on Media Coverage of 1973-1974: The Family Rites Code and Restrictions on Antisocial Entrepreneurs. Saarbrucken Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, 84 (published verbatim from my original M.A. thesis).


  • Theodore J. Oseau Fellowship, UW-Madison (Fall 2016)
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Summer Fellowship (Summer 2016)
  • Mellon-Wisconsin Dissertation Writing Camp Cohort (Summer 2016)
  • Department Dissertation Research Travel Award, UW-Madison (Fall 2015)
  • Vilas Travel Grant, UW-Madison (Fall 2015)
  • Pantzer Fellowship, UW-Madison (Fall 2015)
  • Chancellor’s Fellowship, UW-Madison (Spring 2015)
  • Vilas Presentation Grant, UW-Madison (Nov. 28, 2014)
  • Conference Travel Grant, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, MI (Fall 2014)
  • Vilas Travel Grant, UW-Madison (Spring 2014)
  • Department Dissertation Research Travel Award, UW-Madison (Fall 2013)
  • Excellence Award recipient, Public Initiative and Proposal for the Improvement and Innovation of the National Library of Congress, Seoul, Korea (Nov. 13, 2013)
  • Kyujanggak Junior Fellow, Kyujanggak International Center for Korean Studies, Seoul National University, Korea (Sept. 2013- June 2014)
  • Social Science Research Council (SSRC) Korean Studies Dissertation Workshop Cohort, Monterey, CA (July 2013)
  • The Dr. Brenda Pfaehler Award of Excellence, Teaching Assistant Award, Center for Educational Opportunity, UW-Madison (May 2013)
  • Han-hum Ok Scholarship, Seoul, Korea (2010)
  • High Honor Award, Master of International Studies, Seoul National University, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul, Korea (2007)
  • Kyunghee University, Scholarship for College of Education (1994-1999)

Courses Taught as TA

  • History 225 – Two Koreas (Fall 2010)
  • History 225 – Introduction to East Asian History – Korea (Spring 2011)
  • History 456 – Japan and World War Two in Asia (Spring 2010)
  • Teaching Assistant, East Asian Languages and Literature Department
    • Fourth semester Korean (Spring 2013)
    • First and third semester Korean (Fall 2012)
    • Second and fourth semester Korean (Spring 2012)
    • First and third semester Korean (Fall 2011)