2017–2018 Undergraduate Fellow

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Majors: Political Science (Concentration: International Relations) and Economics; Minor: Linguistics
Year: Class of 2020

Hyunsun is a political science and economics major, and linguistics minor. In addition to being a Kim Program Undergraduate Fellow, she is an intern for The Think Tanks and Civil Society Program at the Lauder Institute, President of the Asian Law and Politics Society, and international mentor for the College of Arts and Sciences. As an international student from South Korea, Hyunsun participated in a wide array of activities in Korea. She was an intern for the People Legal Foundation, translator for the Korean Ethnicity Problem Research Center, and writer for the Joongang Daily Newspaper.

She grew up listening to her grandparents’ stories about their lives before the separation between North and South Korea, and under Japanese occupation. They inspired and continue to motivate her to study more about Korea. She is particularly fascinated by Korea’s diplomatic relations with other countries, and its historical political and economic growth. As an Undergraduate Fellow, she hopes to further inform the Penn community about Korea and make its culture and history more approachable for the public.