Seung-Ah Lee is a Lecturer at UCLA and USC (University of Southern California) teaching Korean Studies. She earned her Ph.D in the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures at UCLA. Her scholarly interests include pre-modern popular culture and the most cutting-edge and border-crossing aspects of contemporary popular culture in Asia as well. The recent studies are devoted to resurrections, reinventions, and reinterpretations of several historical heroes in popular cultural products and adaptation practices in Asia. She also has developed recognized expertise on these topics in both public and academic contexts, with multiple media interviews, a book published in Korea titled JYJ Republic (2013) and published article in Korean.