Ha-yun Jung has published short stories in Prairie Schooner, The Threepenny Review, and the anthology Best New American Voices 2001, edited by Charles Baxter, among other publications. She is also a translator, and her English translations of acclaimed Korean writer O Jeung-hui’s short stories have appeared in journals in the United States and Korea.
At Radcliffe, Jung will work on a novel, titled “White Horse,” about a former anti-American activist from South Korea living the life of a reluctant exile in New England. In style and tone, the novel will be a cross between political fiction and a comedy of manners, revolving around one woman’s naïve, desperate probe into America’s contradictory identity in the post-cold war world as both manipulative superpower and sanctuary.
A graduate of Sogang University in Seoul, Jung earned an MA in writing, literature, and publishing from Emerson College and was the 2001–2002 Carol Houck Smith fiction fellow at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She also received the 1999 Korean Literature Translation Award and a grant from the Korean Literature Translation Institute.