Dredge Kang

Dredge Byung’chu Kang received his anthropology PhD (2015) and global health MPH (2016) from Emory University. He was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Washington University in St. Louis prior to appointment at UCSD. Broadly, Kang’s research focuses on race, gender, sexuality, class, and transnationalism. His primary interests include the anthropology of love, beauty, sex work, sexual health, structural violence, and Hallyu (Korean Wave) studies. His geographic specialization is Southeast Asia (Thailand), with particular attention to inter-Asia and Asian diaspora connections. Dr. Kang has conducted research on the construction of Asian identity and interracial relationships in Thailand, examining how middle class differentiation structures desires for East Asian partners rather than Caucasian ones. This work addresses how racial preferences in romantic relationships are socially conditioned. The research was sponsored by the National Science Foundation and Wenner-Gren Foundation. His current research explores how popular culture from Korea and Japan are being embodied in everyday Thai gender and sexual practices. Professor Kang will teach courses on race, gender variance, sexuality, global health, and medical anthropology.

Journal Articles

2014      Idols of Development: Transnational Transgender Performance in Thai K-Pop Cover Dance. Theme issue, “Trans* Cultural Production,” Transgender Studies Quarterly 1(4): 559-571.

2012      Kathoey “In Trend”: Emergent Genderscapes, National Anxieties and the Re-Signification of Male-Bodied Effeminacy in Thailand. Theme issue, “Queer Asian Subjects,” Asian Studies Review 36(4): 475-494.

2011      Queer Media Loci in Bangkok: Paradise Lost and Found in Translation. GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies 17(1): 169-191.

Book Chapters

2015      Cultivating Demi-Idols: The Queer Convergence of New Media and Korean Dance Performance in Thailand. In New Media Configurations and Socio-Cultural Dynamics in Asia and the Arab World. Nadja-Christina Schneider and Carola Richter, eds. Pp. 287-303. Berlin, Germany: Nomos Publishers.

2014      Conceptualizing Thai Genderscapes: Transformation and Continuity in the Thai Sex/Gender System. In Contemporary Socio-Cultural and Political Perspectives in Thailand. Pranee Liamputtong, ed. Pp. 409-429. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.