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Our Story

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.

Our content has covered every continent and spanned from unsettled historical issues to predicting the effects 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. 

After thirty-one issues, the print magazine went online in order to reach a wider audience and to encourage deeper and more diverse engagement and dialogue.

NOVAsia now aims to be a platform for student voices in the conversation on global affairs.

 

Meet the Team 

Simone Liew

Simone Liew

Editor-in-Chief

Simone Liew finds herself within the Masters of Korean Studies program at Yonsei GSIS. Hailing from the bottom corner of the globe, Simone brings with her from Melbourne, Australia a penchant for bright prints, a background in International Studies and research interests in media and cultural industries, identity, and human rights. She has previously worked with the Australia-Korea Business Council. Though some days, she dreams of quitting it all to surf in Hawaii.

 

Dmitriy Kim

Dimitriy Kim

Senior Editor
Video Content Designer

Dmitriy is a Masters student from Kazakhstan at Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies. Before coming to Seoul, he received his BA in Global Studies at Pusan National University. Dmitriy values cultural diversity and personal freedom, as well as self-expression and originality more than anything. Though his main research interests are revolving around management and strategy, he genuinely believes that it is necessary to be self-motivated and proactive, which is why he likes working at NOVAsia.

 

Cherian Sangma

Cherian Sangma 

Junior Editor

Born in the small hilly state of Meghalaya in India, Cherian Sangma is fulfilling her dream of having Double Masters by doing her second one at Yonsei GSIS. Majoring in Korean Studies, her area of interest is Korean history and culture. She’s a huge Hobbit fan, and loves the scene where the dwarves rally around Thorin as he runs out of Erebor to join the Battle of the Five Armies.

 

Leslie Hickman

Leslie Hickman 

Junior Editor

Leslie is in her third semester of GSIS’s Korean Studies Program. She has a background in anthropology and writes a monthly blog on personal experiences and general musings about Korean society. Her interests range from Korean youth culture to cross-border communication to religion. One of her strongest beliefs is “You deserve to be here because you ARE here,” and she once knit a blanket as a Christmas present for her brother.
 
 
Matthew F. Fleming

Matthew Fleming

Junior Editor
Video Content Assistant

Matthew F. Fleming is currently a Master of Global Affairs and Policy student at Yonsei GSIS. Before moving to Seoul, Korea, he lived on the East Coast of the United States studying Communication Studies and International Studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Later studying Japanese and Global Communication while living in Nagoya, Japan at Aichi Shukutoku University, Matthew found his research interests based in the Asia-Pacific. Focusing on issues of international human rights, cultural history, promotion of personal narratives, and the relationship of collectivism vs. individualism in contemporary issues, Matthew hopes to contribute to the repair of the world. Tikkun Olam.

 

Sara Upshur

Sara Upshur 

Social Media Manager

Sara is a Masters student at Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies. She is originally from Canada and graduated from McMaster University for Communication Studies. Sara came to Korea to study due to her wish to study and learn about the world from various perspectives among other international students. She believes that to understand the world and work with those around her she needs to recognize her own biases. That applies to studying anything from historical aspects of a culture to reading lifestyle and fashion magazines. 

 

 

Disclaimer: NOVAsia is funded through scholarship grants from the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS) at Yonsei University. Beyond financial support, GSIS does not have any editorial influence over the content of this website. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any opinions expressed on this website belong solely to the authors and do not represent the official position of GSIS, Yonsei University, or its affiliated institutions.