Heesoon Jun


Current Faculty, The Evergreen State College
Ph.D., University of Washington, 1982


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Biographical Note

I was born into and raised by a religiously tolerant but race- and class-biased family in Seoul, South Korea. I came to the United States alone to study psychology as an undergraduate and received my BS from Washington State University, Pullman, Washington; MA from Radford University, Radford, Virginia; and PhD from University of Washington, Seattle, Washington. I was hired to teach the Multicultural Counseling Program at Evergreen State College in 1996 and have been teaching psychology there since then. My bicultural and bilingual experiences have been instrumental in teaching diversity, multiculturalism, and social justice and equity.

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Latest Publication Title

Social Justice, Multicultural Counseling, and Practice: Beyond a Conventional Approach, Sage Publications, Inc, 2009

Publication Excerpt

The purpose of this book is to provide practical strategies for increasing multicultural competencies from a holistic perspective, which allows practitioners to understand clients from their sociocultural historical contexts with multiple identities and truths. This requires being cautious of conventional racial categorizing and being aware of the effect of a practitioner's own culture, worldview, and thinking styles on assessing and treating clients. This book proposes (a) a shift from a single identity based conceptual framework to one that is based on multiple identities and (b) a shift from talking about practical implementation to delivering it through transformative learning to increase multicultural competencies. The inclusion of multiple identities requires a holistic thinking style that comprises appropriate dichotomous, linear, and hierarchical thinking in addition to multilayered and multidimensional thinking. Shifting from inappropirate dichotomous, hierarchical, and linear thinking styles to a holistic thinking style is a challenging task since the former are embedded in the American psyche (Singer & Kimbles, 2004). Hierarchical and dichotomous thinking styles first emerged in the United States with the birth of the country by new White settlers from England (Jahoda, 1999; Takaki, 1993; Thompson, 1977). Both Nash (1992) and Root (1992) discuss the impact of hierarchical social systems and simplifying (dichotomizing) complex relationships on oppression of peoples who are racially different. Dichotomous and hierarchical thinking styles are the basis of ethnocentrism (Bizumic & Duckitt, 2007; Brown, 1995). (p. 8)

How did Evergreen help you in your career?

Evergreen helps me by focusing on teaching rather than research, by providing multiquarter bases of a program, and by providing intellectual freedom to pursue my passion.