UCLA International Institute
Asia Institute

Advancing collaborative, interdisciplinary research on Asia worldwide

Timothy Tangherlini
Professor of Korean Folklore
Department: Asian Languages & Cultures
Royce Hall 332A
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: (310) 825-7611
Fax: (310) 825-9754
Email: tango@humnet.ucla.edu
Keywords: Asia, Korea, East Asia

A.B. Harvard University, 1985
M.A. University of California, Berkeley, 1986
Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley, 1992


Yi Ch’ongjun. 1976. Your Paradise. Translated by Jennifer M. Lee and Timothy R. Tangherlini. Los Angeles and Copenhagen: Green Integer Press, 2004.

Nationalism and the Construction of Korean Identity. Co-edited with Hyung-Il Pai. Korea Research Monograph 25. Berkeley: Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, 1999.

Talking Trauma. Paramedics and Their Stories. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 1998.

Interpreting Legend. Danish Storytellers and Their Repertoires. Milman Parry Studies in Oral Tradition. New York: Garland Publishing, 1994.


Documentary Films



Timothy R. Tangherlini. 1995. Talking Trauma: Storytelling Among Paramedics. Los Angeles: Traumatic Productions. Distributed by: Chicago: Picture Start, Inc., 1995. (55 min.)

Stephen J. Epstein and Timothy R. Tangherlini. 2002. Our Nation. A Korean Punk Rock Community. Los Angeles: Traumatic Productions. Distributed by: New York: Filmakers Library, 2002. (39 min.)

Recent Articles:

"Ghost in the Machine: Supernatural Threat and the State in Lars von Trier's Riget." Scandinavian Studies.
"Chisin Palpki, P'ungmul, Christian Surfers and 'Slamming a ride': Folklore and the Negotiation of Korean American Identity in Los Angeles." Acta Koreana.
1999. "Remapping Koreatown: Folklore, Narrative and the Los Angeles Riots." In Built L.A. Folklore and Place in Los Angeles. Edited by Timothy R. Tangherlini. Special Issue. Western Folklore 58, 149-173.

trans. 2001. “Shamanistic Myths of Cheju Island.?In Myths of Korea. Peter S. Lee, ed. pp. 207-37. Seoul: Jimoon Publishing.

2001. “Review of < (Seoul Sunshine to>, by Solrun Hoass (2001).?Korean Studies Review 2001, no. 11. Electronic file: http://www.iic.edu/thelist/review/ksr01-11.htm

2001. “Exploring Urban and Ethnic Folklore: Strategies in Research and Pedagogy.?In, Pathways. Approaches to the Study and Teaching of Folklore. Anniki Kaivola-Bregenh? and Ulrika Wolf-Knuts, ed. Pp. 27-46. NNF Publications 9. Turku: Åbo Akademi University.

2001. “The Individual and Tradition: Folklore Methodology Today.?In, Pathways. Approaches to the Study and Teaching of Folklore. Anniki Kaivola -Bregenh? and Ulrika Wolf-Knuts, ed. Pp. 9-16. NNF Publications 9. Turku: Åbo Akademi University.

Courses Taught at UCLA:

Korean M183: Korean Folklore
Korean 187: Korean Popular and Folk Religion