Na Sil Heo
Na Sil Heo is an interdisciplinary historian of modern Korea, with research interests at the intersection of studies of childhood, the cultural Cold War, and gender and sexuality. She is currently preparing a book manuscript based on her dissertation, “Rearing Autonomous Children in Cold War Korea: Transnational Formations of a Liberal Order, 1950s-1960s.” Recently, her article on gender and racial politics of infant formula advertisements in postwar South Korea was published in the journal of Gender & History. Her next book project will locate the history of family planning in Korea within transnational circulations of medical knowledge, contraceptives, and population control advocates.
Prior to coming to Yale, she was an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. She received a B.A. in English and Teaching English as a Second Language from Hawaii Pacific University in 2009, an M.A. in Asian Studies from George Washington University in 2012, and a Ph.D. in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto in 2020.
EAST 416, HIST 386J
Childhood and Domesticity in East Asia
This course offers an overview of burgeoning studies of childhood and domesticity in East Asia to get us to think about childhood and domesticity as methodologies of studying East Asia and history in general. Instead of learning about children “as they were,” this course examines how childhood and domesticity were socially constructed. East Asia is our geographical focus, although this course also introduces students to relevant key works in studies of childhood in the United States and Europe. This course focuses on several key questions. How do studies of childhood and domesticity enhance, challenge, and/or broaden our understanding of East Asia? How were normative conceptions of childhood, domesticity, and family constructed and challenged throughout the 20th century? How does scholarship on childhood and domesticity help us understand our own experiences of childhood, family, and homes? How can we make connections between the familiar/mundane everyday life with more explicitly political issues, such as wars and economy? Through a transnational approach, we situate East Asia within the global, transnational circulation of ideas, people, money, and practices that continue to shape how we perceive and experience our childhood, family, and domesticity.