John Hyun-Jun Jang
Ethnomusicology – Research Focus: Migration, Aging, and Identity in South Korean Popular Music

John is a first-year PhD student in the Department of Ethnomusicology at UCLA. His research area is on the contemporary South Korean popular song style “trot” and its partner dance scene. His theoretical interests include nationality and ethnicity, migration, leisure, gender, aging, voice, body, and postcolonialism. John received his BMus/BSc conjoint degree in clarinet and computer science and M.A. in Ethnomusicology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. His M.A. research examined the invention of tradition and commoditization of musical beggar performances called p’umba in Korea and was funded by the Korea Foundation. The findings of this research were presented at the 2019 Conference of Korean Studies Association of Australasia.

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