Hye Eun Choi

Hye Eun Choi
Clinical Assistant Professor of Korean Language and Culture

Hye Eun Choi is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Korean Language and Culture at NYU Shanghai. Before joining NYU Shanghai, she was a Korea Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University. Choi has taught courses at Columbia, NYU, and William Paterson University as an adjunct faculty member. Her book project, tentatively titled “Inventing Modern Sound Culture in Colonial Korea (1910-1945),” is a multilayered history that traces the birth of the recording industry in colonial Korea, revealing how a new sound culture was formed not only under Japanese cultural hegemony but also in and through the currents of global modernity. 

Select Publications

  • “Transforming Korean Popular Music in Hallyu 1.0: From Kayo to K-pop.” In Korean Culture in the Global Age: K-Literature, K-Film and K-pop. Roberts, Lee M. and Gooyong Kim, eds. Routledge (expected to be published in 2024).
  • 2021. “Kisaeng Performers and the New Media in Colonial Korea.” The Journal of Korean Studies, vol. 26(2): 373–400.

  • 2021. “Music for Modern Korea: Bandmasters Franz Eckert and Baek U-yong” In German Art Music and East Asians: Transcultural Entanglements since 1900, Cho, Joanne Miyang and Lee M. Roberts, eds. New York: Palgrave Macmillan. 49–68.

  • 2015. “The Nipponophone Company and Record Consumption in Colonial Korea.” International Journal of Korean History, vol. 20(1): 85-116



  • PhD, History
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • MA, East Asian Studies
    University of Texas at Austin
  • BA, Communiactions
    Dong-A University

Research Interests

  • Modern Korean and Japanese History 
  • Cultural History
  • Social History 
  • Sound Culture
  • Memory  

Courses Taught

  • The Two Koreas
  • Korean Culture and Society through K-pop
  • Contemporary East Asian Media Culture
  • Korean Diasporas across the World
  • Elementary Korean I and II
  • Intermediary Korean I