I am a lecturer (assistant professor) at the School of Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University.
Motivation for studying Political Science
My motivation for studying political science is largely a product of the political environment of Korea, where I was raised. While in elementary school, I was subjected to a virulently anti- Communist education, and was conditioned to think that the United States was an unequivocally good nation. During Memorial Day celebrations, cartoon films were shown on television in which the North Korean army and Il-sung Kim were portrayed, literally, as demons and monsters. However, as time passed and I moved on to high school, I became aware of the anti-American movement conducted by college students and interest groups. One day, in the middle of smoky tear gas, I was forced to consider my past education in relation to what was happening around me. It was the first puzzle I met in my life. The resulting cognitive dissonance led to an interest in politics, and I decided to pursue a degree in political science to better understand these political divisions I experienced.
School of Politics & International Relations, College of Arts & Social Sciences , Building 22, Haydon-Allen Building, The Australian National University, Canberra ACT 0200