Lina Koo

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Lina Shinhwa Koo's research interest is focused on the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century design history of Korea, Japan, and China, especially in the domains that intersect crafts/designed objects, handmade/mass-produced, and traditional/modern. Implementing interdisciplinary and cross-cultural research methods, Koo is interested in interrogating colonial visual politics and the construction of national identities traversing various mediums and genres with discourses on modernity, coloniality, and decoloniality. 

Lina Shinhwa Koo's PhD dissertation is a comprehensive study of East Asian ethnic dolls from the early twentieth century and how the material culture relates to global tourism, colonial labour system, and identity politics.

Education/Academic qualification

Master, History of Art and Archaeology of East Asia, SOAS University of London

7 Sept 202030 Sept 2021

Award Date: 30 Sept 2021

Bachelor, Art History and Museum Professions

22 Aug 201120 May 2016

Award Date: 20 May 2016

External positions

Curatorial Assistant

5 Sept 201814 Aug 2020

Assistant Curator

1 Jul 201630 Jun 2017


  • DS Asia
  • Design
  • Design history
  • Objects
  • coloniality
  • Modernities
  • Museums
  • Doll
  • collection
  • Ethnography
  • National identities
  • NK Decorative arts Applied arts Decoration and ornament
  • Craft
  • Fashion and dress history
  • National identities
  • Modernities
  • Identity politics
  • identity representation
  • Design history
  • design policy


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