In the Spring of 2008, students at Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), a leader of international higher education in South Korea, published the first edition of NOVAsia. Initiated by graduate students and under the guidance of the former dean, Professor Lee Chung Min, NOVAsia was born from a desire to translate the work and expertise of GSIS students and professors into a public product. The magazine has served as a platform from which East Asian academics could speak to their community and a broader public audience about pressing political, economic, cultural and historical issues.
Our content has covered every continent, and spanned from unsettled historical issues to predicting the affects of AI and weapons systems into the future. While NOVAsia covers current crises and developments across the globe, our focus remains close to home in East Asia. The rise of China, Japanese and Korean relations, and security issues on the Korean Peninsula inhabit much of our academic focus and imagination.
After thirty one issues, the magazine transitioned from print to online in the hopes of reaching a wider audience and encouraging a deeper, more diverse engagement and dialogue. We hope you will keep reading, sharing and engaging with us.
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Joel Petersson Ivre is a masters student at the Yonsei University – Graduate School of International Studies. His hometown is Stockholm, Sweden and although he considers it the most beautiful place in the world, he has left it several times to study abroad in China and Korea. His main research interest is the future of China, as well as the elusive answer to the question “why can’t we all just get along?”
Josh Doyle is a Masters student at the Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies. He’s written for newspapers, magazines, and all over the internet. His aspirations include speaking Korean well enough to impress his professors, and maintaining relations between his motherland of Canada and his adopted second home of Korea. He would also like to turn the whole world into a forest, but will settle for the middle-ground of green energy.
Before coming to Yonsei GSIS, Minhye studied mass communications at Sogang University. She formerly worked as a fact-checker at a Korean public broadcaster and is now a news assistant for foreign correspondents based in Seoul. She has published a feature story in the Korea Exposé.
Valentina Popova is a Masters student at the Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies. Being an incorrigible dreamer and optimist, she believes that everything in this world is possible only if you truly want it. So she came to Korea to prove that theory, find herself and fulfill her life goals. Her main research interests are International Law and International Politics, particularly how they are interconnected and how together they affect the state of the modern world.
Suhena is a Masters student at Yonsei GSIS, majoring in Korean Studies. She is also a POSCO Asia Fellow. She graduated from Aston University, United Kingdom, where she majored in B.Sc. Business and Computer Science. Before pursuing her Master’s degree, Suhena worked at the Cultural wing of the Korean Embassy in New Delhi, India, as a Program Coordinator, working to promote Korean language and culture in India.
Shahlaa is a Masters student at the Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies. Her home country is Bahrain which she believes is a piece of heaven and backs every historical evidence supporting it was once the home of Utnapishtim. She believes she met the extraordinary, the interesting and the insane during her three years of journalism work at the Bahrain-based Gulf Daily News. She studied mass communication and has interest in the Middle East’s conflicts.
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Martyna, too, is a graduate student at Yonsei. Born and bred in Poland, she attained a BA in Film Studies at the University of Southampton in England. Soon after she spent two years roaming London in order to decide whether she wants to stay in Europe. As a result, she arrived in South Korea in pursuit of happiness and fulfillment, while vigilantly exploring cultural differences between people of different backgrounds. Experienced writer and content creator, with a strong interest in discovering why are American remakes of Asian movies all, oh so bad.
Amylia is a Masters student at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies, majoring in Foreign Policy & International Security. She graduated from the National University of Singapore where she majored in Communications & New Media. Before pursuing her Masters degree, Amylia worked in the communications department at Singapore International Foundation, where she managed the NGO’s digital media assets. Her main research interest is soft power, particularly in the case study of South Korea and its success with Kpop.