Master’s Students: Profiles
Kharis Ralph is a Master’s student in modern South Korean history and culture. She completed her B.A. with High Distinction at the University of Toronto where she double majored in East Asian Studies and History. Her current research is funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and pertains to songs of resistance during the pro-democracy minjung movement in Korea from the 1970s to early-1990s. Her academic interests include memory politics, social movements, popular culture, and music criticism. Kharis was also a member of the Canadian national figure skating team from 2009 to 2014. In 2012, she represented Canada at the World Figure Skating Championships in Nice, France. Her other hobbies include ballroom dancing and piano.
Chinese Cultural Studies
Zheyu is a Master’s student in ancient Chinese cultural studies. She received her B.A. in East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto. Her research interest lies in the ancient Chinese artifacts, symbols, and motifs. She is also passionate about gender issues in ancient Chinese culture, and particularly interested in how ancient authoritative discourses sought to diminish the sexual attractiveness of women through physical
segregation and standardized female virtues.
Melissa is a Master’s student in modern Chinese history and culture. She completed her B.A. in East Asian Studies at the University of Toronto. Her research interests include modern Chinese language policy and historical memory in relation to language. She is also interested in Chinese popular culture and contemporary Chinese activism.