Joseph Han


Joseph Han

Office hours:
KUY 624

Joseph Han was born in Seoul, South Korea and raised in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi. He is pursuing a Ph.D. in English at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa, where he studies Asian American literature and theory, with emphasis in Korean American literature and representations of North Korea in U.S. discourse, U.S. immigration narratives, and the American Short Story. His fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Kartika Review, Public Pool, wildness, and AAWW’s The Margins. He is currently working on a novel about the reunification of families divided by the Korean War, as well as a story collection about diasporic Koreans.

Areas of Interest

Fiction, Asian American literature, Korean history and politics, U.S. immigration narratives, American Short Story, literatures of Hawaiʻi, film studies


  • Ernest Hemingway Undergraduate Award for Fiction 2012
  • The Stephen C. & William H. Stryker Award for Fiction 2013
  • The Robbie Shapard Short-Short Story Prize 2014 – 2nd place
  • The Patsy Sumie Saiki Award for Fiction 2014 – 1st place
  • Academy of American Poets Prize 2015
  • 2015 Biography Prize (from Center for Biographical Research)
  • Bamboo Ridge Press #106 Editor’s Choice, Best New Writer
  • 2016 John Young Scholarship in the Arts


  • Ph.D. candidate, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
  • M.A. in English and Creative Writing, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa


Spring Semester 2017
  • ENG-100: Composition I

Fall Semester 2016
  • ENG-271: Genre: Asian American Lit
  • ENG-273: Creative Writing: Form and Craft of Short Fiction

Spring Semester 2016
  • ENG-273: Creative Writing & Lit: Form & Craft of Short Fiction