Tina Park

Tina Park

Doctoral Fellow, Asian Institute
PhD Candidate, Department of History




Tina Jiwon Park is a PhD candidate in the History Department, University of Toronto, focusing on Korean-Canadian Relations from the 1880s to the 1980s. This research examines various aspects of the bilateral history, ranging from early missionary activities to the changing patterns of trade and immigration during the Cold War. It also marks one of the first attempts to explore the bilateral history in a multidisciplinary and evolving manner over a hundred years. The latest CANKOR conference at Munk School of Global Affairs, celebrating the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Korea and Canada, is a natural culmination of her doctoral research.Tina’s doctoral research also reflects her own identity as a young Korean who grew up in Canada.

Tina received her Honours BA in International Relations at Trinity College, University of Toronto, and graduated summa cum laude. She received numerous awards and distinctions for her academic achievements and extra-curricular contributions. Throughout her undergraduate years, Tina was elected twice as the co-president of the International Relations Society, a governing body representing the students in IR program. Tina was actively involved with theG8/G20 Research Group, the Journalists for Human Rights chapter at U of T and the Attaché Journal of International Affairs. The University of Toronto recognized her contributions with Gordon Cressy Leadership Award and Robert Catherwood Scholarship.

Tina has extensive experience as a translator (Certified at Level 1 by the Korean Society of Translators) and simultaneous interpreter for Korean, English, Spanish and French and has worked for various corporations, media, governments and academic institutions, including the G20 Seoul Summit.

Tina is also an enthusiastic advocate of international human rights issues, especially the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) principle. She is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P), a non-partisan and non-profit research institute based at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, which has over 50 undergraduate and graduate analysts. Tina has advised the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) at the 127th Assembly in Quebec City with Dr. Edward Luck, the former Secretary-General’s Representative on R2P. Tina has continued to advise the IPU Assembly at the 128th Assembly in Quito, Ecuador for their adoption of R2P Resolution. She has contributed to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon’s Report on Responsibility to Protect, to be released in the fall of 2013. Tina attended the UN General Assembly Dialogue on R2P held in Sept 2013 on behalf of the CCR2P.

On campus, Tina teaches modern history and Canadian foreign policy to undergraduate students at the University of Toronto. Tina is a Junior Fellow of Massey College, where she runs “Massey TALKS!” This initiative has showcased prominent Canadians who are Senior Fellows or Quadranglers at Massey College, and has featured notable figures such as Dr. Margaret MacMillan, Justice Patrick LeSage, Dean Mayo Moran, the Honourable Bill Graham, Mr. R.H. Thomson, to name a few. Massey Talks reflects a commitment to encourage cross-disciplinary conversations among the Fellows of Massey College and to foster intimate networking.

Most recently, Tina organized a full-day conference with the Hon. Hugh Segal, Master of Massey College, on strategic partnership between Canada and the Republic of Korea in the 21st century. This conference featured a keynote address by His Excellency Dae-Shik Jo, South Korean Ambassador to Canada, and panels on the CKFTA, defence & strategy, and immigration & education. It also involved a special luncheon address by the Hon. Justice Michael Kirby who wrote the UN report on the Commission of Inquiry on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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