JOSEPH HAN was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi after immigrating with his family when he was three years old. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in English and Creative Writing at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. where he teaches Asian American literature, fiction writing, and composition. He is the author of a chapbook, Orphan (Tinfish Press, 2015). His fiction, poetry, and non-fiction have recently appeared in AAWW's The Margins, Entropy Magazine, and The Feminist Wire. He is currently working on a novel about North Korean history, defection, and the reunification of families divided by the Korean War, as well as a short story collection about diasporic Koreans.
He is currently studying Asian American literature and theory, with emphasis in Korean American literature and representations of North Korea in US discourse; US immigration narratives and writing from Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, South America, South Asia, and the Middle East; and the American Short Story and literary movements from 1950-present. He recently presented his paper, "Imagining Inhumanity: Performing Emotional Citizenship in Paul Yoon's Snow Hunters," which theorizes the DMZ as an epistemological/neoliberal project and imaginary blockade, at UC San Diego's Militarism and Migration Conference, as well as a talk entitled "The Ethics of Remembering: War, Writing, and Relationality" at the 8th Annual Engaging with Vietnam: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue Conference.
Since 2014, Joseph has hosted Mixing Innovative Arts, a monthly reading series held in Honolulu.