Soyoung Suh

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor of History
Korea Foundation Professor
Assossicate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

Soyoung Suh graduated from the University of California in Los Angeles in 2007 with a thesis entitled “Korean Medicine between the Local and the Universal: 1600-1945.” Her dissertation examines the rise of an indigenous identity in medicine, which was intertwined with regionalism, nationalism and colonialism. After spending one year at Harvard University as a Post Doctoral Fellow in the “history of modern science and technology in East Asia,” she was affiliated with the University of Westminster in London collaborating in a research project entitled “Treating the Liver: Towards A Transnational History of Medicine in East Asia, 1500-2000” funded by the Wellcome Trust. Her articles are published in Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity, Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry, Asia Pacific Perspectives, and Korean Journal of Medical History. She revised her dissertation into a book titled Naming the Local: Medicine, Language, and Identity in Korea since the Fifteenth Century (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Asia Center, 2017). She is now interested in the transnational history of breast cancer, which will explore the origins of gendered medical culture in post-World War II Korea.

404 Carson Hall
HB 6107
Asian Societies, Cultures, and Languages
B.S. Seoul National University
M.S. Seoul National University
Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles

Selected Publications

Soyoung Suh, Naming the Local: Medicine, Language, and Identity in Korea since the Fifteenth Century (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Asia Center, 2017) Harvard East Asian Monograph Series, 404.

___________, “Rethinking Breast Mountain (yuam): Surgical Treatments of Breast Cancer in Korea, 1959–1993.” Asia Pacific Perspectives 14, no. 1 (Fall 2016), 2–26.

___________, “Cases of Female Patients from Miscellaneous Writings by Ujam Chang T’ae-gyŏng (張泰慶, 1809–1887).” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 11, no. 1–2 (2016): 192–206.

___________, “Shanghanlun in Korea, 1610–1945.” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 8, no. 2 (2015): 423–57.

___________, “Stories to Be Told: Korean Doctors Between Hwa-byung (Fire-illness) and Depression, 1970–2011.” Culture, Medicine, and Psychiatry 37, no. 1 (2013): 81–104.

___________, “From Influence to Confluence: Positioning the History of Pre-Modern Korean Medicine in East Asia.” Korean Journal of Medical History 19, no. 2 (2010): 225–54, state of the field article.

___________,“Herbs of Our Own Kingdom: Layers of the ‘Local’ in the Materia Medica of Chosŏn Korea.” Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity 4, no. 2 (2009): 395–422.

___________,“Hŏ Chun’s (1539–1615) Tongŭi pogam (Precious Mirror of Eastern Medicine).” In Chinese Medicine and Healing: An Illustrated History, edited by TJ Hinrichs and Linda L. Barnes, 137–39. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, 2013.

___________,Tongŭi pogam kwa tongasia ŭihaksa동의보감과 동아시아의학사Donguibogam and the History of Medicine in East Asia: How a Compilation Led to a Universal Synthesis of Medical Knowledge, by Dongwon Shin (Seoul: Tŭllyŏk, 2015). Journal of Korean History of Science Society 39, no. 2 (2017), forthcoming.

___________, Reconstructing Bodies: Biomedicine, Health, and Nation-Building in South Korea Since 1945, by John P. DiMoia (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2013). East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal 9, no.1 (2015): 101–05.

___________, The Monkey and the Inkpot: Natural History and Its Transformation in Early Modern China, by Carla Nappi (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2009). Journal of the Korean History of Science Society 32, no. 2 (2010): 311–19. (Korean)

___________, Hanŭihak, singminjirŭl alt’a 한의학식민지를앓다:식민지시기한의학의근대화연구 The Modernization of Korean Traditional Medicine during the Colonial Period, edited by Institute of History of Medicine, Yonsei University (Seoul: Akanet, 2008). East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal 4, no. 2 (2010): 363­–66.

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Works in progress

Sudden Transition and Enduring Past: Breast Cancer in Korea 1910–2010

(work in progress)