Sunyoung Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies. She received her PhD from the Department of Anthropology, University of Toronto, Canada, and her MA and BA from the Department of Sociology, Yonsei University, South Korea.
As a cultural anthropologist, she has conducted in-depth research on Internet development since 1999, specializing in South Korea. She is one of the founding members of the Haja Center (The Seoul Youth Factory for Alternative Culture) run by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and Yonsei University. As a member of the Asia Pacific Networking Group (APNG), she organized the second and third Asia Pacific Next Generation Camp, holding the positions of chair and vice chair. She also has participated in the Internet Governance Forum as a member of Internet Society.
Sunyoung's research and teaching interests concentrate on the influence of new media and information & communication technologies on society with a focus on youth, labor, and gender issues in Korea and East Asia. She is currently writing a book manuscript titled, "Loser" Aesthetics: Korean Internet Freaks and Cultural Politics, which examines the interwoven processes between Internet development and political-economic and socio-cultural changes in South Korea through the formation of new subjectivities of Internet users.
Sunyoung also is a member of a university-wide collaborative and cross-disciplinary group forging exciting research agendas in the area of Technology Enhanced Language Learning (TELL).
Her long-term goal is to conduct ongoing participant observation and write the real-time history of digital technologies, including the Internet and Artificial Intelligence. Sunyoung has started her next project and is investigating the impact of AI on job displacement, employment opportunities, and workplace. She has participated in the IEEE Global Initiative on Ethics of Autonomous and Intelligent Systems.