Sunho Ko

 
Sunho Ko

Ph.D Candidate
East Asian Studies

Biography: 

Sunho Ko is a PhD candidate in the Department of East Asian Studies at the
University of Toronto. He studies food history at the intersection of total
war, colonialism, and everyday life. He is currently completing his PhD
dissertation, tentatively titled, “Productive Farms and Homes: Food
Politics on the Homefront, 1937-1945.” The dissertation focuses on
wartime interest in the concept of productivity in everyday food production
and consumption in colonial Korea. In the dissertation, he aims to show
how wartime food politics over maximizing material productivity combined
with competing opinions on how to handle uneven social relations among
racial, regional, class, and gender differences in homefront Korea. To this
end, he investigates a variety of social players, venues, materials, and
practices—ranging from an elite Marxist vision for mechanized agriculture
to marginalized slash-and-burn farmers in deep mountain valleys,
nutritional scientific research on the colonial diet, and cookbooks and
gardening manuals targeted at urban middle-class housewives.