Hannah Amaris Roh

Hi there! I’m a South Korean and American writer navigating life in Canada. I’ve written mostly about Korean pop culture; my essays and cultural criticism have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books and Bitch Media (clips below).* I live in Vancouver, British Columbia, on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. I’m grateful to be here. 

My first book was an academic monograph based on my doctoral dissertation at the University of Chicago, Christianity, the Sovereign Subject, and Ethnic Nationalism in Colonial Korea: Specters of Western Metaphysics (Routledge, 2022), which examines how Christianity has haunted Korea’s postcolonial discourse. I’m now working on a book of creative nonfiction.

* Bitch Media has sadly ceased operations in May 2022. Although my clips from Bitch are no longer available online, you can reach out to me if you’d like PDF versions of my published work.

“Why Are We Stuck Here: ‘Squid Game,’ Trauma, and Repetition,” lareviewofbooks.org

“Face Value: How K-Beauty Repackaged Skincare as Self-Care,” bitchmedia.org

“White Lies: Unilever and L’Oréal Can’t Rebrand Their Way out of Colorism,” bitchmedia.org

“Phantom Pain: U.S. Imperialism Haunts Korea’s Cosmetic-Surgery Boom,” Bitch Magazine, Issue #89

“My ‘Minari’: On Asian American Immigrant Cinema,” lareviewofbooks.org

“Out of Network: What’s Really Behind ‘Health-Share’ Ministries?” bitchmedia.org

Another Kind of Metaphysics: Learning to Let Go,” lareviewofbooks.org


You can reach me at hannah (dot) amaris (dot) roh at gmail.