Hye-jung Park is a Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow at TCU.
Her research interest centers on East Asian circulation and reception of American music during the 20th century. Park’s research has been supported by the Alvin H. Johnson AMS-50 Dissertation Fellowship and the Ora Frishberg Saloman Fund for Musicological Research from the American Musicological Society, and the Margery Lowens Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Society for American Music, among other sources.
Her Ph.D. dissertation (2019), entitled “From World War to Cold War: Music in US-Korea Relations, 1941-1960,” examines music as a means of building a pro-American network in Korea during World War II and under the US military government in Korea (1945-48). In addition to devoting considerable thought and effort to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom, her book project, Solidarity Across the Color Line: Music in African American Encounters with East Asia under Jim Crow, 1904-1966, explores the role of music in trans-Pacific racial politics under Jim Crow. Tracing the origins of African American musical tours to East Asia as well as musical encounters between African Americans and East Asians from the Russo-Japanese War (1904) to the outbreak of the Cultural Revolution in China (1966), Solidarity Across the Color Line challenges conventional ways of understanding trans-Pacific musical encounters.
Situated among the disciplines of musicology, ethnomusicology, diplomatic history, African American studies, and East Asian studies, her research is purposefully accessible to readers in a variety of disciplines.
“A Woman’s Voice in Cold War Black Internationalism: Mabel Williams and Music in Radio Free Dixie.” Contribution to an evening panel entitled “Gender, Music, and the Cold War,” accepted at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, Boston, October 31–November 3, 2019
“Ethnographic Approaches to Private Collections: Re-discovering the Activities of Ely Haimowitz and the U.S. Army Military Government in Korea,” accepted at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Bloomington, November 7–November 10, 2019
“From World War to Cold War: Music in America’s Radio Propaganda in Korea,” American Musicological Society-Library of Congress Lecture Series, presented at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., November 20, 2018
“Sujŏl, A Song for Korean Independence Fighters: Filling the Historical Gaps in Musicological Studies on East Asia.” Contribution to an evening panel entitled “Global East Asian Music Research: Proposals for New Directions in Musicology,” presented at the joint annual meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory, San Antonio, November 3, 2018
“Music in the US Army Military Government in Korea, 1945-1948.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Historians for American Foreign Relations, Philadelphia, June 22, 2018; and in extended form at Lectures in Musicology, Ohio State University School of Music, February 26, 2018
“Apostles of Freedom and Democracy: Ely Haimowitz and Music Policy of the US Army Military Government in Korea.” Presented at the annual conference of the Association for Asian Studies, Washington, D.C., March 23, 2018
“Liberty Bell: Music in America’s Wartime Radio Propaganda in Korea.” Presented at the annual meeting of the American Musicological Society, Rochester, November 11, 2017
“Singing against Communism: the Korean Children’s Choir and South Korea’s Musical Diplomacy Toward the United States.” Presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology, Denver, CO, October 27, 2017
American Musicological Society
Society for Ethnomusicology
Association for Asian Studies
African American Intellectual History Society
Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations