Daniel completed his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s Degrees from the University of Toronto. Since then, he has been employed at Legal Aid Ontario and The Refugee Law Office in Toronto as a professional interpreter and translator. His undergraduate thesis, Reconstruction and Reimaginations of Goguryeo in the PRC and the ROK, was about the diplomatic history between China and South Korea since 1949. He took a particular focus on how the politicians and scholars of each country dealt with the problem of incorporating the history of Goguryeo (37BCE- 668 CE) into their national historical narratives. Because Goguryeo had occupied parts of Korea and China for 700 years, each country claimed exclusive ownership to it, while trying to deny the other any ownership or ties to this kingdom at the same time. Instead of taking a side at this conflict, Daniel explains the history behind this conflict. During his graduate studies career, he had an opportunity to present this paper at The East Asian Graduate Conference: In Between. The feedback he received at his conference, allowed him to complete his Master’s thesis titled: Tracing the Origins of the Goryeo and Goguryeo Waves in Korean Historical Dramas. While preparing his PhD application, Daniel took a particular focus on the diaries written by anti-Japanese guerillas in the first half of the 20th century. During this process, Daniel was the first student to translate the diaries of Hong Beomdo, Kim Gyeongcheon, and Kim Daerak to incorporate them into his work.
Daniel is interested in the security issues in the Asia-Pacific Region. His academic training has allowed him to nurture his interests in Korean and Chinese history as well as the diplomatic relations between them. Daniel also has been educating North Korean refugees for the past five years.
As a Korean historian, I plan to provide context for the problems surrounding the Panishila by informing the public about the different historical narratives which has influenced the perceptions of Korea for the past 50 years. With my Coworkers here, I hope to think about the possible solutions to these problems.