All Ratings and Reviews for Kyeyoung Park
Prof Park is a great professor. The time that I took this class was during the protests, and she and her TAs were accommodated students by cancelling the final. Her exams were essay format with page maximums and a lot of questions to answer. Get familiar with the material before exams are due in order to write short, yet very specific, responses.
This class was easy, straightforward, and had a light workload. The lectures were dry, but Professor Park posts the lecture slides on CCLE before the midterm and final so we can use them while studying for the exam. Going to class wasn't very helpful, and I only went because Park takes attendance (which counts in your grade). She assigns very long readings, and I didn't bother doing them. In addition to participation, your grade is also based on a midterm and final, which are both short essay style. She gives the study guide a week before the exams and the exam is based on the readings. I would only do the readings mentioned on the study guide and take notes on them for the short essays. This strategy worked well for me. The midterm is in class but the final exam is take home.
I am a senior Asian American studies double major with Psych. I have taken many classes in both fields and I LOVE Asian Am. However, this is the single worst class I have ever taken at UCLA. It is not hard or complicated, but the professor (Park) is absolutely awful. Not only does she not care about her students, and not encourage class discussion, her assignment to interview a "latino customer" person and a "korean store owner" is absolutely ridiculous and frankly was insulting because of the racial slurs and stereotypes it actually ENCOURAGED. Her lectures are biased and she displays hints of racism if not surface level biases that she attempts to brainwash the class with.
This class was insulting because she is racially insensitive and she frequently blurts out biased opinions in her pointed remarks. She has said stupid things like "second generation koreans do not study as much because they are more american," or "what does it mean for koreans if they all become ministers" (while laughing because she thinks they should "become lawyers and doctors instead").
Do not take this class or any other class with this professor, she does not represent anything related to Asian American studies because it is an amazing major.
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Ignor what others say about her, I think her class was one of my favorite classes. She is a very smart woman, and she is very welcoming when you seek her help in her office! Her grading scale is Fair, first it seems hard but once you getinto the class, then you just get a fair grade which isnt bad! I ended up getting an A in the class. Forget about her accents! her lectures are very organized and you just pay attention to her lecture! write down everything she says, then you do FINE on the final test!
The WORST prof. I've ever had at UCLA! Her lectures were VERY unclear and disorganizing, and her (English?) speaking skill just made the class 100 times harder to follow. I totally regreted taking this class. That was just horrible and a waste of time! Plus, I really think this class (if unfortunately taught by her) should be renamed as "Korean Experience."
prof park is extremely intelligent, but often misunderstood. if you have a knack for understanding accents, there shouldn't be much of a problem taking one of her classes. i would still say to make sure you get a good TA that can emphasis her points and the material. Also, prof park showed concern for students to do well and is a very nice person in general.
Lecture is useless for most people. If you can stay awake to a boring professor, then by all means take her. She has an unintelligible accent and lectures with terrible powerpoint presentations. Professor Park also dims the lights during lecture, which just begs everyone in the class to fall asleep.
The class overall isn't difficult so long as you do the reading. If you can keep up with the assignments, the class is fairly easy. She gave an insane midterm (8 pages of essays in 75 minutes), but it's graded very leniently. The final was okay, nothing surprising or impossible.
Professor Park is a really nice lady. She is very welcoming and accomodating when you go to her office hours for help... and her lecture topics and videos are interesting. Her grading scale is fair.. and i don't think anyone would get a grade below a C.
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