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Ju Hui "Judy" Han
(? - living) Korea - U.S.A.

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Born in Korea, Han immigrated to the United States when she was twelve. She grew up in Southern California and attended UC Berkeley, where she majored in English and Women's Studies and came out to her parents for the first of what was to become a continuing installment. Humanities majors, especially those dedicated to activism, rarely find lucrative employment, and Han turned to information technology to pay the rent.

She has worked for a project called L.A. Culture Net at the Getty Center, and as an IT consultant independently through her own otherwise.net. She also used her skills to open a bridge to the queer Korean community with her website, HanQ. HanQ launched in 1995 and contained a webring for queer Korean women.

Han has added her voice to the field of queer Asian studies, contributing the illustrated piece Incidents of Travel to the anthology Q&A, as well as co-authoring "Asian Pacific Islander": Issues of Representation and Responsibility in The Very Inside: An Anthology of Writing by Asian and Pacific Islander Lesbian and Bisexual Women.

On the organizational front, Han was ubiquitous throughout the late nineties, serving as national coordinator of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum and on the community funding board of the Astraea Foundation. In 1999 she co-founded the coalition Korean Americans for Civil Rights. A number of Korean-American Christian churches in the Los Angeles area had been encouraging voter registration in order to place an anti-gay initiative on the ballot.

Han helped to spearhead a campaign against the homophobic action, appearing in the media and trying to combat misinformation. Many ministers quickly distanced themselves from the registration drive and it was never clear who organized it, but the clash caused widespread discussion of sexuality issues within the community. This activism led Han to consider issues of Korean American churches and the politics of religion, which she decided to pursue in the form of a graduate degree from Berkeley.

She is now a PhD student in (cultural) geography at UC Berkeley, an active member of Korea Solidarity Committee, and is part of the Queer Korean Family Project, a project intended to provide resources for family members of Korean/American queers. Her new blogsite can be found at http://www.otherwise.net.

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