(Cheng, 2017)

Hooray, I’ve been published!

… But not in an academic journal. I wrote a short personal essay for the Graduate Division website about my trip to Finland this past summer to attend the International Circle of Korean Linguistics conference. (You may have read about it previously here.)

The style is exactly the same as something I would write on this blog, so I thought I’d share it here. Read about my experiences in Helsinki — again — here!

On the subject of Finland, I recently watched the biopic Tom of Finland, about the world-famous erotic artist who endured persecution in his home country but found fortune on the sunny shores of California. After watching it, I messaged my Finnish friends and talked about it. One of them told me a lot of scenes had been filmed in Helsinki, but I didn’t recognize them. Anyway, I do recommend the film: stellar acting (as far as I could tell; half of it is in Finnish), an attractive cast, a compelling period story that doesn’t overly glorify its protagonist, and a sobering reminder of what the LGBTQ community has experienced in the past (and continues to experience, in many places, today).

By the way, the title of this blog post is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the way my name might be cited in a legitimate academic publication. That’ll have to wait until next year. I’m supposed to clean up my latest qualifying paper and submit it to a journal, though that project is sort of on hold as I write my dissertation prospectus, to be turned in by the end of December.


Word of the Day: sisu is a Finnish term that encapsulates grit, courage, doggedness, passion, and perseverance in the face of continued failure. The people of Finland say that sisu best describes their national character. I guess I should try to channel their sisu over the next few weeks as I struggle to complete the last milestone of my graduate career before filing the dissertation itself!


About Andrew C.

I'm a grad student at UC Berkeley.
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