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Prof. YOON Soo Ryon 尹水蓮

Assistant Professor

Tel: (852) 2616 7477
Fax: (852) 2572 5170
Location: Room 129, Ho Sin Hang Building 何善衡樓129室
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Areas of interest

Contemporary performance in South Korea, global Afro-Asian relations, critical race theory, performance ethnography, dance history, East Asian cultural history, migration and globalization, sexuality and gender performativity.



Soo Ryon Yoon teaches and writes about contemporary performance, dance history, and racial politics in South Korea. She is currently working on her first monograph, Choreographing Affinities: Performing Koreanness and Blackness in the Global Era which explores choreographic articulations — both staged and quotidian — of raced bodies of Koreanness and blackness in the context of global Afro-Asian relations. She received PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University. Before coming to Lingnan, Soo Ryon taught at Yale University as a postdoctoral associate and visiting lecturer in the Council on East Asian Studies and the East Asian Languages and Literatures department. More information about her work and teaching can be found at


PhD in Performance Studies, Northwestern University

MA in Performance Studies, Northwestern University

BA in Sociology, Yonsei University

Selected publications

Chapters in edited volumes

Under review. “Fans, Sashes, and Jesus: Evangelical Activism and Anti-LGBT Performance in South Korea.” Corporeal Politics: Dancing East Asia, edited by Emily Wilcox and Katherine Mezur. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

Refereed articles

In press. “Artists or Slave Laborers? Performing Uncapturability in Burkinabé Performers’ Labor Rights Struggle in South Korea.” positions: asia critique.

2018. “‘Gangnam Style’ in Dhaka and Inter-Asian Refraction.” Inter-Asia Cultural Studies 19, no. 2: 162-79.

2017. “Choreographing Affinities and Differences: Notes on Korea-Africa Relations in Transnational Dance Collaboration.” Journal of Contemporary Research in Dance (当代舞蹈艺术研究) 4, no. 2: 18-29.

Other writings (reviews, interviews, and commentaries)

2018. “Clean Labour by Brendan Fernandes.” ASAP/J. Mar.

2016. “God Bless Baseball by Toshiki Okada (review).” Theatre Journal 68, no. 3: 453-4.

Translated works

2016. Jung, siren eun young. 전환극장 Trans-Theatre. Translated by Soo Ryon Yoon, Jiwon Yu, and Sunghee Lee. Seoul: Forum A.


CUS3206 Global Citizenship and Culture

CUS3350 Power and Body in the Performing Arts

CUS3359 Introduction to Performance Studies

CLA9008 Performance Arts in Modern Times