All Ratings and Reviews for Grace Kyungwon Hong
Overall: I actually took this class with Professor Alves but she isn't listed lol. But anyways, as an 8 AM class it was kind of brutal because the lectures seemed kind of pointless. A lot of the times the lectures were historical backgrounds or contexts for the readings and when we did talk about the actual readings, she talked very generally about the main ideas of them. But overall, if you do the readings (for the most part they weren't extremely boring), you'll do well. It's a pretty easy GE so I'd recommend it only if you have any interest at all in Asian American experiences.
Tests/Quizzes: There are no tests in this class. There are 4 "pop quizzes" that are 5 questions each (the first one was a pop quiz and the other three she gave us a heads up about it) . If you have any idea of what is happening in the slightest and you generally skimmed the readings for that week, you will get at least a 3/5. There are three essays that are 2-3 pages: a podcast reflection, a literary reflection, and a film reflection. These were pretty easy to write, as they were so short.
Attendance: Participation is a part of your grade so go to your discussion and you're fine. She's really annoying about being late to lecture and also will call you out if your phone isn't on silent. But for almost all of the lectures I would listen to music and not really pay attention. She uses slides so just copy the notes and then you can zone out because her actual lectures aren't very helpful.
Homework: The homework is just all reading so if you hate reading DO NOT take this class. I enjoy reading and most of the time I enjoyed the stories. Some of the articles she has us read are boring but if you really can't bear it, you can skim. There are a few articles that are important for the midterm/final but she goes over them in lecture so you can skim the readings and be fine. Read the stories and short stories though, as they are the main focus of the final and papers you write. In discussion, there is one group presentation about one of the short stories you read. It is really easy and slides aren't required but everyone ended up making a presentation anyways but it had minimal text on it and everyone just talks for 1-2 minutes each.
Midterm/Final: She cancelled the midterm for us because she said the stress was "taking away from learning" which was nice. The final consisted of choosing 2 out of 4 questions to answer, one paragraph each. Then you have to choose 2 essays to write out of 4. If you review the authors, stories, and the main themes of the class, you will do fine.
TAs: The two TAs available for this class were Rishi and Micaella. TAKE IT WITH MICAELLA. Honestly, she is so sweet and nice and will grade your presentation/essays easily. I didn't have Rishi but from what I have gathered, he has a stick up his ass. He'll glare at you if you come into lecture late and he randomly calls on people if you don't participate. Plus, he's a harsh grader. Take it with Micaella and the class will be 10x easier.
Professor Hong is the sweetest person and her passion for teaching courses related to Gender Studies is evident, but she is the worst lecturer of all the professors I've had in 3 full years at UCLA. Her lectures are unorganized, tangential, and unrehearsed, ultimately making them pointless to attend, as all the material for her Gen 10 class this quarter was explained better in the assigned texts. She also says "um" and "right" and "ya know" about 10 times per sentence which makes it very difficult to pay attention. She is great at answering questions and explaining tricky topics in easily understandable ways, and she gives very fair exams. But, I wish I had taken Gen 10 with any other professor.
*For Gender Studies 103*
I have never had a negative experience in Gender Studies major until I took this class. Not only does Professor Hong lack the ability to consistently facilitate productive classes, but she is also extremely unprofessional and rude. She contradicts the theories and values furthered by the major through her actions. For example, rather than transforming silence into language and action as Audre Lorde would further, she fostered silences--creating an unsafe space for discussion in that she makes students feel stupid. She often encouraged students to come to office hours, but I and many other students found she is not genuinely unapproachable. While I did well in the class, I would not choose to take another class with her.
I would warn students away from her. She is extremely biased when it comes to grading. She plays favoritism, and if you get on her bad side, usually for some bizarre reason that has nothing to do with your work. I would say she is racist against whites, African Americans, you name it. Period, I don't trust this professor, nor do I think she has the student's best interests at heart.
I don't know what everyone's complaining about. I took her this quarter, and to be honest-- yes she has a tendency of saying um's and what not, but after a while, you get used to it.
She is EXTREMELY friendly during office hours- and very very approachable. She smiles and even though not the funniest jokes, the effort is noticeable.
The reading load is really not that bad--and unlike other classes it's quite interesting actually.
The TAs can be difficult depending on who it is, but I had Angela and she was really friendly--just do your homework and do all of the readings, they can really be interesting.
Go see Dr. Hong when you have a chance and just honestly, realize that this class is really interesting everything you learn is something quite new.
Boring+huge workload+lectures that could never be followed+weird class rules= horrible class
Neither the professor nor TA would give definite answers to your questions during classes or office hours.
Horribly time-consuming->took me forever to study and write papers/weekly reflections to get an A-
The only thing that I have learnt from this course is knowing what a HORRIBLE class is like.
DO NOT TAKE HER CLASS!!!!! She is the worst professor I've ever met in UCLA! Her lecture is nonsense. Her jokes are not funny but she thinks she is humorous. If you ask your TA questions, your TA will tell you: in the lecture the professor told you blablabla. But you cannot learn anything from the lecture because she always "ah, you know. ah, you know...".
I regret to take this class!!!!! If you take it, you need to change the letter grade to pnp!!!!!
"Um, y'know, right? RIght? Right? Y'know?" is all I hear during her lectures. Horrible lecturer. Too much work for a GE, you have to read over 100+ pages a week and I mean you HAVE to because you have a two page analysis each week to do it on it. She barely covers the surface of the readings and mainly goes off on tangents.
I cannot stand this woman. I had her for some Asian American Women class and it was fine, not too hard because we had a TA. Then I had her for another class and she gave me D's on all my reading response (and I normally get A's in other classes) and then she turned me in for plagiarism because I had ONE sentence that was similar to wikipedia. The head of my department said she turns in someone for plagiarism every quarter. She is also the most annoying speaker in the world.
For Asian Am 50... couldn't find it elsewhere
She has good analysis of readings and going to lecture is a must. HOWEVER she is a TERRIBLE speaker; she often reiterates and repeats the same ideas at least 3-5 times before moving on to the next topics. In addition she says "uuuummmmm..." literally every 2 sentences. I CANNOT GET OVER IT.
The readings are analytical but get dull after the second week, its just a lot of reading and writing.
Really easy class to pass, if you go to office hours she will definitely remember you and that could work in your favor, but after a while she gets reaaaally annoying.
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