Samuel Perry

  • (1969- )
  • Sunapee, NH

SAMUEL PERRY holds a bachelor’s degree in East Asian studies from Brown University, and a PhD in East Asian languages and civilizations from the University of Chicago. He wrote his undergraduate thesis in Japanese on the Japanese writer Sakaguchi Ango. After working in Japan and studying in Germany for several years, he spent three years as an instructor of Japanese at Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, NH, and then entered a graduate program at the University of Chicago in 1997. Since this time he has completed several translations of Japanese and Korea literature from the colonial period including Chang Hyŏk-chu’s “Hell of the Starving” and Yi Taejun’s “Stone Bridge.” In 2003 he was awarded a graduate research and translation grant for prospective translators by the International Communication Foundation as well as a grant from the Korea Literature Translation Institute to work on his translation of From Wonso Pond. Over the course of his academic career he has also received several grants to conduct research in Japan and Korea from the Fulbright Association and the Korea Foundation. In 2007 he completed his dissertation on the proletarian literary movement in Japan and colonial Korea, to which Kang’s novel From Wonso Pond was a significant contribution. He now works as an assistant professor of East Asian studies at Brown University.