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Terry K. Park is a coach in the Grad School Rockstars community, where he brings his expansive teaching, performance, and public scholar skills to bear helping our community members integrate social justice practices into their diverse careers.
Terry is an award-winning teacher, scholar, activist, and former performance artist. Currently a lecturer in Asian American Studies Program at the University of Maryland, College Park, Terry has also taught courses in Asian American, American, and Asian Studies at Wellesley College, Miami University, Hunter College, the University of California, Davis, and San Quentin State Prison. His research interests focus on how the Korean War, popularly known as the US’s “forgotten war,” shaped, and continues to shape, US liberal empire and Transpacific cultural practices. Terry has authored journal articles, policy reports, and book reviews on the ghostly legacies of the Korean War in US and Asian American culture, including the lead essay in MELUS’s Winter 2011 special issue on Asian American performance art.
Included on the list, “Inspiring Activists: Trailblazers and leaders in the community and in the struggle for social justice” by San Francisco Supervisor Jane Kim, Terry has participated in several national and community-based Asian American organizations across the US, including serving as Executive Director of Hyphen magazine, an award-winning national print- and web-based publication on Asian American culture, politics, and arts. He also created and hosted the Jeremy-Lin-themed web-based roundtable talk show, Joy Dunk Club.
Terry is also the playwright and performer of the critically-acclaimed 2006 off-Broadway solo show 38th Parallels. It weaves together character monologues, spoken word, and hip hop to take audiences from his mother’s house in Pyongyang to a Salt Lake City “nut house” to the World Cup in Seoul and all points in between.
Terry received his PhD in Cultural Studies, with a designated emphasis in Performance and Practice, from University of California, Davis.