Kayla Smitson

  • Graduate student, Chinese Studies

Kayla Smitson graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a degree in Asian Studies and Korean. Formerly, they studied Chinese Brush Painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing and Sichuan University in Chengdu, China, as well as East Asian Literature at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. Kayla’s current research focuses on the relationship between trauma and literary analysis through the comparison of Scar Literature in China and trauma writing in South Korea born out of the Korean War and Gwangju Uprising.