Grace Jung has a PhD in Cinema and Media Studies from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. She is a former Fulbright scholar.

Grace specializes in Korean television studies as well as gender and sexuality studies. Her dissertation is on South Korean variety television in which she analyzes masculinity, nationalism and queerness.


Jump Cut

Jung, Grace. “Queer politics of Korean variety tv: state, industry and genre.” Jump Cut 60, 2021.

Essays on Film and Television

When the Movie is Better Than the Book: Drive My Car and I’m Thinking of Ending Things

what’s in a title?–ARRIVAL (2016) and CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2017)

Meditations on Tony Takitani, The Great Gatsby, and Tears in the Presence of Materiality

meditations on Minari (2020) by Lee Issac Chung

The King: Eternal Monarch sucked but fear not because there are better K-dramas out there

MR SUNSHINE (tvN, Netflix 2018) and Product Placement of 21st Century Brands in late 19th Century Choson/Korea

Netflix is Getting a Better Handle on Korean Dramas with its Latest Acquisition MR. SUNSHINE (미스터션샤인, 2018): ep. 1, July 7, 2018

The “Uncanny”: Na Hong-jin’s ‘The Wailing’

“Answer Me 1988” (응답하라 1988, Reply 1988): A Transmedia Text and Manual to Navigate Another Era’s Fandom

rewriting a woman’s history with JANG OK-JUNG (2013): (Yoo Ah-in just like Leonardo DiCaprio in my heart)

combining the ‘Enlightened’ Pilot Episode w/ Excerpt Chapter “Industrial Auteur Theory”: production sets & breakdowns

on The Big Short

quick thoughts: The Revenant (2015) by Alejandro González Iñárritu

quick thoughts: YOUTH (2015) by Paolo Sorrentino

feminist reading of Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Memories of Murder’

on the excess (perverse, gross) and smell (odor) re ‘Lucy’ & ‘The Last Angel of History’

Ideology, FGM and Sembene’s MOOLAADE (2004)

You Have a Problem With My Voice? Then That’s YOUR Problem: Zizek & Doane on VOICE

A Need for the Imagined & Legitimized Spectatorship in ALI: FEAR EATS THE SOUL

The Victor in VICTORIA (2015)

A Lead Role for a Woman Hijacked by the Script: SICARIO (2015)

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