Soyoung Suh

|Associate Professor
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.


Carson Hall, Room C404
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.

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Works In Progress

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

(work in progress)